Jani Franck

Member Type



Visual Arts


Mixed Media


Hello! I'm Jani Franck - an artist, social entrepreneur and community educator based in Southampton, England.My life is an exciting journey: making and teaching art, organising community events, being a creative activist and running music workshops. I have some passionately held beliefs about the importance of creativity in people's lives and in the world. You can read my Manifesto here.I've participated in The Big Draw, taught portraiture to medical students to make them more well-rounded doctors, enabled people with learning disabilities to get creative and re-introduced many people to drawing who hadn't done art since school!As one of the founders and directors of The Art House Southampton, I have realised a lifelong dream of creating a community of artists, poets, writers, musicians and storytellers all in one place, which makes me pretty darn happy as you can see. The official bit - my experience and credentials, wot wot.Education:-BA (Hons) in Art, Design & Media, University of PortsmouthPGCE (Post compulsory education & training), University of GreenwichRecent artwork, teaching, community projects & festival site art:-- Run participatory art events for The Big Draw in collaboration with Southampton City Art Gallery since 2006 (annual event)- Site art at The Big Green Gathering, Southern Lights Circus & Arts Festival, Waveform Festival, Ropewalk Community Garden and smaller private events.- Life drawing classes at The Art House, Southampton City Art Gallery and the University of Southampton (2006 - present)- Portraiture course for 'Medical Humanities' at the University of Southampton.- Creative workshops in art, music and craft with DICE - a drop-in centre for adults with learning disabilities (2007 - 2011)- Running 'The Djembabes' all-female drumming group (2007 - present).- Plus lots and lots of land art all over the place *I just can't stop myself*Testimonials:-See some of the lovely feedback from people I have worked with here.Other stuff I do:-Co-founder & Director of The Art House Southampton CIC, a community run arts cafe in Southampton. It's AWESOME Co-founder of The HubBub, a voluntary organisation set up to promote what's on in Southampton I play percussion & sing in The Shimmering Bees (a rootsy, folksy world music band with a tribal pulse) and I lead an all-women drumming group, The Djembabes.I am available for creative projects and community teaching, and if I'm not able to take something on it's likely I can recommend somebody who can. If you are interested and would like a quote for my services, please contact me.

Artist, musician, social entrepreneur, facilitator and creativity enabler based in Southampton - Director of The Art House Southampton CIC


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