Anna Mitchell has lived within the Malvern Hills for most of her life. Her work is inspired by nature and walking in the landscape. Walking is central to her practice as an artist. By walking and re-walking the same places, slowing down and paying attention to the details that often go unnoticed, one becomes embedded in the landscape. Things seen and noted may then inform the work, often in the form of haiku.
Her love of clay and all things wild can be traced back to her childhood; days spent digging clay from the stream at the bottom of the garden and firing creations on an open fire.
Anna has a degree in Fine Art Practice and Forest School Training.With over 20 years experience of working creatively within educational and community sectors, Anna is available for booking for schools and community events.Working initially as an art and ceramic technician followed by tutoring children's ceramics classes at Worcester arts Workshop, she completed her degree as a mature student in 2012. Since then she has delivered workshops and projects within community settings, including Wild Clay Play Workshops for the National Trust at Croome Court and at Hellens Manor as part of their Back to the Wild project.
In the summer of 2018, Anna was commissioned by St.Richard's Hospice to paint one of the giraffes for 'Worcester Stands Tall'. 'Hive Mind' spent the summer under a tree, appropriately situated behind 'The Hive' and is now privately owned, following the charity auction for St.Richard's 'Build 2020' Appeal.
A weekly dose of outdoor creative fun begins again soon - ‘Wild Wednesday’ sessions for children and parents or carers, held at Malvern Cube.