Bags of Creativity - Sheffield Artists

Create Sheffield

Create Sheffield, as the Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) for Sheffield, is part of this exciting new regional initiative Bags of Creativity, led by IVE, the Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and Humber.

Bags of Creativity will deliver bags packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to 9000 children and young people across Yorkshire and the Humber this summer - 2004 of them in Sheffield.

The eight LCEPs have each recruited their own teams of local creative practitioners and organisations to design activities for Bags of Creativity. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers have given training and mentoring to these local teams to ensure that activities are both tailored to the contents of the bags and engaging for children in each age range. LCEPs are working directly with social services in their local authority to distribute the bags to children via trusted adults, including social workers and foster carers.

This project could not happen without the help and support of IVE, Sheffield City Councils Children’s Services, Sheffield Virtual School for Children Looked After, Hallam University, Museums Sheffield and Sheffield City Council Social Care team. Read more.

Of the 19 Sheffield-based artists and creatives we chose to be part of this project, 10 are existing Create Sheffield Partners, and 9 are new to us.  They are from all different backgrounds and creative disciplines, and we are very excited to introduce them to you!  

Sarah-Jane Mason

I am a creative educator and practitioner specialising in mixed media. I qualified as an Art & Design teacher in 2005 and taught in secondary schools for 5 years before completing postgraduate studies in Cyprus. Since 2010 I have been working as a freelance creative educator in both formal and informal settings including, schools, community groups, museums and galleries. A recent highlight was creating the Outdoor Art Sparks resource pack in my role as an Artist Educator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Contact Sarah-Jane

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Beverley Ward

I'm a writer, facilitator and coach who specialises in bringing out other people's creativity. I encourage the children and adults I work with to express themselves and also to play with words. I run a wide range of writing workshops for adults and children both online and (when possible) in my Writers Workshop in Orchard Square, and I also work one-to-one as a mentor and coach. I've published poetry, stories and a children's novel, and my young adult novel won a Northern Writers Award. My memoir, Dear Blacksmith, has recently been released by Valley Press. Contact Beverley

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Heliya Badakhshan

I am sculptor living and working in Sheffield. I work with different mediums such as clay, plaster and resin. I have experimented with many different art forms, such as collage, animation, designing clothes pattern and making them, mono prints and extra. I am also a big fan of music (electronic music) and I am a DJ. I also have experience running workshops in casting with clay and plaster. Contact Heliya

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Nicola Beazley

Nicola Beazley is a folk musician, researcher and educator from Sheffield. Nicola is the Musical Director of the Folk Factory group, four weekly community folk music groups, for young children, teenagers, adults, and in-school lunchtime group of all abilities. Nicola is also the Musical Director of the Lancashire Youth Folk Ensemble, and Section Head of Youth Music (The Hub) at Cambridge Folk Festival, alongside her award winning performance career and peripatetic teaching in and around Sheffield. Contact Nicola


Thornbridge Outdoors

Thornbridge Outdoors is an established outdoor learning centre set in the heart of the Peak District National Park, in the village of Great Longstone near to the small market town of Bakewell.

We host residentials or day visits primarily for Sheffield schools but other schools are also welcome. We're owned and operated by Sheffield City Council, run on a not-for-profit basis, and have been welcoming schools for 45 years.

Our spacious 30 acre site, excellent location in the heart of the Peak District, range of accommodation options, and our greatly experienced team, together enable year-round brilliant residentials and day visits. Contact Thornbridge Outdoors.

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Marcus Method

Marcus Method is a visual artist based in Sheffield, UK. His unique and instantly recognisable style was born from graffiti roots and is heavily influenced by his former career as an architectural technologist. Marcus applied the design theories and drawing philosophies he learnt in architecture and combined it with the graffiti work he was producing at the time. Over the years this idea has been expanded upon and continues to evolve as he explores his bold and colourful style. Contact Marcus

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Maker Futures

We provide resources and support for early years settings, schools, libraries, museums and community spaces that want to develop their maker education provision. Contact Maker Futures

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We are Paperfinch, a Sheffield-based theatre company. We make old stories in new ways.

We make interactive, immersive shows that are fun for all ages. We like to build strange and familiar worlds that are multi-layered and endlessly creative. We make work of all sizes. Our smallest shows take place in one room, and our largest shows can take over a whole building (22 rooms at the last count).

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Silé Sibanda

Silé Sibanda is a poet, spoken word performer, radio and stage presenter & events host. She has been involved in creative and beneficial community projects for people of all ages for many years. She has been a children's university ambassador, speaking in various events including The House of Lords. She has been an active part of the Hive Community, she has hosted open mics and events for Hive over the last few years and it’s loved by everyone for her warmth and encouragement of young voices. She has hosted Harms of Hate Event in Rotherham, Diversity Festival at the Rotherham Show 2 years running. In 2019 she won the BBC Radio Sheffield “This is Me” competition and subsequently became the host of the evening show on BBC Radio Sheffield. Sile is passionate about reading books from different  countries and Authors, Writing whilst listening to Jazz. I love the outdoors and Traveling.


Rosie Carnall 

I'm a creative facilitator with a special interest in writing and a love of crafts. I’ve got experience of designing and delivering workshops for a range of age groups in both school and community contexts. I particularly enjoy bringing writing and craft together to find new ways in to making stories and poems. 

I have an MA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University and have worked with children and young people in a variety of contexts for over 20 years. I’m also an accredited Philosophy for Children facilitator, which works well for stimulating creative ideas and questions.  

I’m a Creative Mentor and Associate Artist with Grimm & Co and an Associate P4C Facilitator with the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire. I recently spent a year as the interim CEO of Ignite Imaginations, which further inspired my passion for engaging people of all ages in participatory arts to explore and develop their confidence and interests.

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Create Sheffield are delighted that ten of our Partners are involved too.  You can head over to their Partner pages to read more about the wonderful work they do with children and young people: 

Sheffield Music Hub

Sheffield Theatres



National Videogame Museum

Museums Sheffield

Bright Box Makerspace


Ignite Imaginations 

Tell Tale Hearts 

You can read more about Bags of Creativity here. If you are intested in supporting this project or finding out more, please do get in touch.