Despite our best efforts over the last few weeks to avoid any disruptions to services we’ve had to take the difficult decision to temporarily close Cornerstone Arts Centre and the Nourish café as we need to carry out urgent maintenance work that affects the heating of the building.
January and February are traditionally quiet times for the centre, and we’re hoping to find alternative venues or dates for the events coming up, to keep disruption to a minimum.
We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience and any disappointment following this news, but given the cold weather we’re having, it’s very important to us to make sure we’re looking after the health and well-being of our visitors and staff.
The courses and workshops tutors at Cornerstone, Didcot are all experienced professionals and passionate about what they do. Take a look below to find out about them.
Eleonora Aldegheri (Ellie) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began her training in ballet at the age of six and graduated as a Professor of Ballet from the Institute Adrienne.
In New York City, Ellie trained extensively with many accomplished teachers and choreographers; and had the honour of performing at Carnegie Hall. Throughout her career, Eleonora has had the privilege to perform alongside many talented artists. In addition to choreographing and directing Lunas Dance Project for performances in Oxford, London and abroad, Ellie is a freelance professional and teaches her regular dance, yoga and Pilates classes at Arts at OFS, Cornerstone, Wychwood school and other dance institutions. She is also a guest teacher abroad.
Colin Guilford studied at Epsom School of Art & Design (Foundation Diploma) & at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University (Bachelor of Fine Art), specialising in life drawing and anatomical drawing.
Alongside drawing tutoring, he works as plan designer and furniture maker, when he's not looking after his two boys.
Peter Savage is a photographer and photography educator. He has been a lecturer at colleges and universities for over 20 years alongside running his own architectural photography practice. Peter became associated with Cornerstone Arts centre in 2017 undertaking a year long artist-led project, culminating in an exhibition in the gallery space.
Debrah Martin is an award-winning author of thriller and literary fiction, and a professional artist painting dramatic sfumato-inspired landscapes. Alongside numerous exhibitions across Oxfordshire, 2019 also sees the release of her book, “Savage Seas and Sfumato Skies”, illustrating how painting and writing can inspire each other.
See Debrah’s website: www.debrahmartin.co.uk
Amy started dancing with Step in Time, School of Performing arts (ISTD), at the age of 3 years and completed examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance. She also studied RAD ballet to the age of 19. Amy has performed in several national theatres, including Oxford New Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Swan Theatre, Saddlers Wells & The Royal Albert Hall. She has a BA(Hons) in Dance and Performance where she studied at Buckinghamshire New University and holds teaching qualifications with the IDTA.
Angel is a dance teacher and choreographer based in Oxfordshire. She started dancing ballet at the age of three and has trained in various styles of dance including contemporary and street dance. She also trained in drama at a local TV, Film and acting school. Throughout her teenage years, Angel was part of a contemporary youth dance company, where she performed at different dance platforms, including Waddesdon Manon Summer Fest and U-Dance dance festival. She continued with her passion for the performing arts by training at the University of Chichester, gaining a BA honours degree in dance.
After graduating in 2017 she began teaching and choreographing dance in Woking, for their summer projects, Party in the Park and Encounters. She later located back to Oxfordshire where she began teaching and choreographing for local dance schools, where has taught range of dance styles, including; Ballet, Contemporary, Street Dance, Bollywood and The Charleston. She has also choreographed for various dance platforms in the local area such as The Great Big Dance off and Oxford’s Christmas lights festival.
Additionally, in January 2019, Angel started teaching dance and drama at a local secondary school, where she ran the school’s youth dance company and choreographed various works for the school’s annual showcase.
Charlotte Fisher has a passion for music and drama with particular focus on youth and community arts. In 2017 she graduated university with a First Class degree in Performing Arts. Now, she freelances as a drama facilitator and has started of her own community choirs in local villages, with a view to expand as a community drama and music business.
Mark recently graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London with a BA in Acting, training in the Michael Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavski and Jacque Lecoq techniques alongside a focus on devising. He is delighted to be back in his home town teaching and working with young people. He enjoys both contemporary and classical theatre and loves creating his own work.
Hattie Thomas is a musician and performer who studied puppetry and alternative theatre in Prague as part of her degree at Rose Bruford College. Having loved performing and creating from a young age Hattie enjoys both making and performing with her theatre company, Smoking Apples, with a specialism in puppetry, she enjoys the challenge of bringing inanimate objects to life in a way that is engaging and relatable for audiences.
Alongside devising and directing theatre, Hattie makes puppets and props for other companies, as well as designing print and marketing images. Hattie also teaches drama and puppetry to various ages and abilities, specialising in engaging people living with dementia.
Harry trained under the tutelage of Thorey Mountain at Elmhurst Ballet School (herself a dancer for the seminal director-choreographer Bob Fosse), and on the Associate programme for Tap Attack. He has led tap workshops at various schools including Chater Dance Academy.
Imogen Marooney is an artist working in Oxfordshire. A recent graduate of Winchester School of Art and Winner of the Platform Graduate Award, Imogen's practice works with participatory workshops with the public, often involving interactive tactile art such as make paper sculptures from scrap recycled paper in a gallery setting. She is also a printmaker, working currently at the Oxford Printmakers and as an experimental writer and poet, she will often incorporate this into her printmaking.
Working as the Mess Maker Tutor her aim to provide the children with a creative outlet and teach them artistic skills which can be used throughout their lives, such as stencil making, painting techniques and book binding. She is their to create a space for the children to be themselves and create something they can be proud of.