MUSEUMS


‘A remarkably exciting artistic, educational and humanistic endeavour’
Chicago Tribune – for the Art Institute of Chicago residency

A pioneer of educational and interpretative storytelling in museums, galleries and on heritage sites, Ben works regularly for the education and events departments of organisations such as The British Museum, The English National Opera and The National Gallery and numerous smaller regional museums. His international work include leading projects at the Rietberg Museum Zurich, The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts & The Art Institute of Chicago with the Silk Road Ensemble. Performance images...

He specialises in using narrative to allow audiences to perceive artefacts, concepts and places in new ways and through the filter of rare and unusual traditional stories, and his expertise lies in finding engaging, enchanting, and sometimes downright odd, stories that link to places, art and artefacts. Contact Ben...

CASE STUDY: Storytelling at La Hougue Bie (pdf)...

SCHOOLS

‘Spectacular workshop ... simply one of the best experiences
the kids could have had, I’ve never seen them so focused or on task.’
Teacher, Dewditch School

Ben is an advocate of high quality live arts experiences for audiences of all ages. In schools, he specialises in performances that engage children in extended narrative; workshops involving children in retelling traditional stories within and between year groups (including feeder school work), and intergenerational storytelling projects. He also has a specific interest in picture storytelling and how images can be used to support oral storytelling. EXAMPLE: The Iron Man Kavad...

School performances remain a key part of Ben's work, having worked in schools, colleges, universities and teacher training institutes across the UK since the early 1980s. From 1987 - 1992 he was a consultant to the Schools Curriculum Development Council, National Oracy Project devising working models for classroom storytelling, which have now become established as best practice. He continues to participate in consultations regarding the teaching of speaking and listening in schools. Contact Ben...

‘Holding a large group of HMI spellbound for so long is an achievement in its own right ...’
HM Chief Inspector for English and Drama, OFSTED


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