Much of Kevin’s work takes place in art galleries, museums, libraries, theatres, festivals and community centres. The common thread linking this out-of-school work is creative education: from delivering family learning projects at the British Library to collaborations with visual artists at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea and workshops for the British Council's English Language programmes in Saudi Arabia.
Over the past 30 years Kevin has worked on long-term partnerships with learning departments at many of London's leading arts and cultural centres including Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the National Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, the Barbican Centre, the National Trust, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum, English National Opera, the National Theatre and the British Library.
Kevin also works on mixed-media collaborations with visual artists, writers, musicians and composers in the UK and on educational projects for the British Council in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, he contributes to a wide range of one-off storytelling events as well as writing and editing educational resources and recording stories, songs and rhymes for publication.
As part of the Pavilion’s interpretation team, Kevin delivers Tales for Toddlers, a monthly series of storytelling sessions for pre-school children as well as workshops and talks around a rolling programme of exhibitions including: Beuys Is Here, gallery tours and round-table discussions of an exhibition of the work of Joseph Beuys; Olympic Tales, performances inspired by a bronze statue of Hercules on loan from the British Museum; story-making workshops in response to Ladybird by Design, a celebration of 100 years of Ladybird Books.
Working with a visual artist and sound engineer to record children’s creative responses to Faces in the Crowd - an exhibition on the theme of identity and city life - for a CD featuring children’s voices and played at listening posts in the gallery.
Writing the libretto and narrating a Russian folktale for a performance incorporating live storytelling, recorded children’s voices and music by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich performed at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Surrey and Wigmore Hall in London.
Storytelling and script-writing in collaboration with a theatre director and costume makers for a combined arts carnival project in which Coventry city centre was transformed as gigantic costumed figures from creation myths processed through the streets.
Leading a week of site-specific workshops and an end-of-project performance by children exploring the low-tide environment of a Thames tributary at the Creekside Centre in Deptford, South East London.
Kevin is always much in demand for one-off storytelling events at festivals, book fairs, libraries, art galleries, museums, theatres, community centres and outdoor spaces both in the UK and abroad: from providing workshops for Family Discovery Days at the British Library to telling stories 18 metres above the ground on the Tree Top Walkway at Kew Gardens; from an afternoon of stories in the gardens of the National Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar to storytelling for Halloween at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Tours and workshops for family groups exploring a range of exhibitions including One Language - Many Voices, the development of the English Language; Writing Britain, how the landscapes of Britain permeate great literary works; Library Legends, amazing facts, brain-teasing riddles, audio extracts from the library’s sound archive and legends, fables and true stories inspired by the library’s general collections.
Commissioned performances exploring through story, poetry and song paintings and sculptures by a wide range of artists including Stanley Spencer, William Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol.
Storytelling and site-specific performances inspired by real and imagined histories in National Trust historic houses and gardens at Petworth, Ham, Knole and Charleston.
Performances as part of the Polka Theatre’s World of Music & Stories programme and for a storytelling festival at the Unicorn Theatre featuring contemporary British and Irish storytellers.
Performances in the 700 year old Norwich School Chapel as part of the Norfolk Children’s Book Festival featuring the best of contemporary children’s authors.
Researching and performing stories based on historical records and objects held at The Keep, East Sussex County Archives and Records centre.
Presenting a subtle fusion of story, history, poetry, rhymes and song at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery as part of Root 1066, an international festival of contemporary arts celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.
Storytelling in public libraries and at celebration events as part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge in which children read six library books of their choice during the summer holidays and receive prizes at the end of the challenge.
Kevin has twice been the British Council’s storytelling representative at the ground-breaking International Children’s Cultural Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and also at the International Arabic Books Exhibition in Kuwait City, Kuwait and the Salon International du Livre in Algiers, Algeria. In addition, Kevin has provided storytelling performances and workshops for 1000s of children and young people in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Palestine.
Through the British Council, Kevin has also teamed up with arts and cultural organisations in the Middle East for storytelling events in arts centres and community settings.
In Bahrain, Kevin’s storytelling skills featured in a British Council-sponsored series of events in community centres and social clubs as well as the National Museum celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birthday in 1916.
Working with gallery educators and creative practitioners at the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait City, Kuwait exploring Out of Britain, a British Council touring exhibition of works featuring the British landscape - from John Constable’s Suffolk scenes to Richard Long’s stone circles.
Performances at the Children’s Museum in Amman, Jordan in celebration of the launch of the museum’s Curious Readers Book Club, a space for children to read and explore books in both English and Arabic.
A storytelling tour of SoftPower, an exhibition of subtly challenging artworks by contemporary Saudi women artists at Alaan Artspace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Performances of stories and songs for blind and partially sighted children and young people and their families at the Saudi-Bahraini Institute for the Blind in Manama, Bahrain.
As part of Unilever’s award-winning Together for Child Vitality campaign, Kevin wrote a storybook with CD featuring re-tellings of two traditional tales - Stone Soup and The Gingerbread Man - highlighting World Food Day and Global Handwashing Day. Kevin’s version of Stone Soup is now a downloadable resource on the United Nations’ World Food Programme website.
Selecting a small sample of Russian folktales and legends for a handbook linked to Twilight of the Tsars, an exhibition of Russian paintings at the Hayward Gallery in London.
Retelling 5 traditional folktales about food and collecting recipes from children and their families for a Community Cook Book beautifully illustrated by children working with professional artists.
Contributions to a book and CD of 28 folktales from around the world - each featuring a song or musical refrain - brought together by storyteller Helen East.
Singing and narrating on CDs to accompany a prize-winning series of books, CDs and CD-ROMs containing lesson plans and resources for music teachers in primary schools.
For this anthology of stories, songs and poems with an environmental theme published in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature, Kevin wrote an ecologically-minded twist on the traditional cumulative rhyme, The House That Jack Built. His version of this rhyme is also included in Encounter Canada, a standard Canadian geography textbook published by Oxford University Press.
Editing, narrating and singing on English Language teaching and learning resources for children and young people produced by Child-Songs Company, an educational publishing company in Egypt.
Contributor to Landing Stages: Selections from the Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance 2000 - 2014, an ebook collection of writings and photographs with news, features, a timeline and a database of over 700 productions with ecological themes.
At Bahrain National Museum 00:15
Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl