I have over ten years’ experience of using my creative skills to work with groups of all ages and abilities. I believe that art and creativity can be a great healer and a very positive outlet for people from all walks of life and with all sorts of disadvantages. A successful project produces a sense of pride and self worth in the participants and can educate on a social and academic level.

As well as running programs with mainstream nurseries, primary and secondary schools, i have also designed and run projects for severely disabled groups, children with extreme behavioural problems, pupil referral units, ‘off the rails’ teenagers, adults with learning difficulties, residential homes for the elderly and hard to reach families from some of the toughest estates in the north of England. I run a lot of art and craft sessions at festivals, community events and also children’s birthday parties.

I use a vast range of techniques, and am coming up with ideas every week for new things to create and new ideas to try out. Some of my past projects have involved painting, collage, graffiti, clay modelling, shadow puppetry, mask making, wire modelling, mosaic, puppet making, shadow painting, set design, carnival creations, flags, banners and the ever popular junk modelling- using recycled and reclaimed materials to make everything from rockets and juggling balls to exploding volcanoes and pom pom shooters.

Wherever possible, I use recycled and reclaimed materials in my workshops.

All of my sessions work on the basis of quality interaction with the participants, to enable them to harness their innate creativity and use their imagination to its full extent.

I have undertaken early years and every child matters training, am fully insured for public liability and have an enhanced crb check. I am also qualified to administer AQA and Arts awards if appropriate to the project.

Being a van owner enables me to transport materials for large scale projects and with a large studio at home, any preparatory and finishing off work that I need to do on large projects does not pose a problem.

Click on the links to see more details about the different elements of my education and community work.

Prices start at £250 per day plus the cost of materials. Discounts are available for longer projects. I am very adaptable and can tailor sessions to suit any reasonable budget.

For quotes, inspiration or simply to enquire about an idea that you have, feel free to get in touch.

Workshops and Community Projects


“Sarah Hicks has worked with DNA puppetry and visual theatre, as lead workshop artist, for over 6 years. She is a very talented visual artist, able to adapt to children and young people’s creative needs within any setting, as a thoughtful and fully engaged professional. Her experience extends from early years to young people of all ages, from leading sessions in schools to out in the community and at festivals. She is well regarded in her field and able to engage fully in her practice, including behaviour problem and excluded young people in a wide variety of arts techniques. As an artist in education, she is responsible and considered with a disposition toward the research and evaluation of her work. I would not hesitate to support Sarah in any application to work in the creative arts with young people.”   


                                                                                                     Rachel Riggs, Artistic director, Imaginary Leaps and Dynamic New Animation