Lois Cordelia Bülow-Osborne (Artist Name: Loïs Cordelia)

Aberystwyth SY23 3AD ● 07949 042115 ● [email protected] www.LoisCordelia.com

Personal Profile

 

 

I am a versatile artist, speed-painter and tutor with a strong emphasis on community engagement and the benefits of art for mental health. I am reliable, enthusiastic and well organised, work efficiently as a team member, and am confident with IT. I have excellent oral and written communication skills, with a keen sensitivity for language, heritage and history, a strong academic record, and acute attention to detail.

 

 

Skills

 

 

Creative & Fine Arts:

  • Confident in presenting creative arts workshops, public demos and talks.

  • Fine art: speed-painting, drawing, illustration, sculpture, papercutting.

  • Gallery and Exhibition duties: hanging, stewarding, supervision, sales.

Office & Graphics:

  • Confident with Windows, MS Office and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Experienced in video and image editing, website and blog writing.

Languages:

  • Native UK English speaker. Other languages: German, Arabic, Latin.

Driving:

  • Clean UK Driver's License.

 

 

Work Experience

 

 

June 2006 – Present

Freelance Community Artist, Demonstrator, Tutor, Illustrator, Filmmaker, 

Freestyle Dancer,

UK

  • Regularly performed public live art demonstrations at galleries, art shops, art clubs and other venues, including live portrait-painting.

  • Planned and led a wide range of creative workshops for all levels of ability, vulnerable adults, people with dementia, and SEN children.

  • Offered a series of free video tutorials and demonstrations to boost mental health and well-being during the Covid-19 lockdown.

  • Co-founded and facilitated a popular not-for-profit bi-monthly life drawing class to benefit local artists and models.

  • Facilitator for monthly “Art & Spirituality” Forum: researched topics, hosted guest speakers, fielded discussion, enforced GDPR.

  • Created original designs for public art trails across the UK on themes of history, heritage, folklore, storytelling, sustainability and biodiversity.

  • Raised £150K+ for charity via auction of public artworks.

  • Promoted publicity via press, radio, social media, interviews, video.

  • Gallery duties: hanging, stewarding, supervision, sales, customer service. Welcomed visitors, hosted receptions and private views.

  • Created original paintings, murals, portraits, sculptures and illustrations for public and private commissions, books, posters, logos, film and animations, working to tight deadlines and under pressure.

  • Created bespoke design tree decal for hospital fundraising appeal.

  • Most commissioned artist on the MyArtBrief.com platform.

  • Co-founded and led weekly freestyle dance sessions to boost wellbeing.

July 2020 –
Mar 2023

Programme Leader,

Inside Out Community,

Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Planned, led and facilitated wide range of  art, craft, dance and creative writing workshops, including dance for limited mobility.

  • Hosted Zoom meetings; introduced breakout rooms to help members.

  • Lead representative for Pride in Practice (LGBTQ+) Award, involving educational seminars and workshops, resulting in a Gold Award.

  • Coordinator for Creative Mentoring programme.

  • Liaised with team members, trustees, artists, tutors, service users and health service contacts to arrange workshops and events.

2000 – '19 part-time

Personal Studio  Assistant to Author- Illustrator

Jan Pieńkowski,

London

  • Edited illustrations and page layouts for well-known children’s books.

  • Supplied handmade papercut silhouettes for illustrations.

  • Assembled working models of pop-up books and theatre props.

  • Catalogued books and compiled bibliographies and databases.

  • Contributed historical, cultural and linguistic research for projects.

  • Typed and proofread correspondence, answered telephone calls.

  • Photocopying, scanning, ordering supplies, packaging parcels.

2005 – 2012

Freelance Translator, Tutor, Proofreader, UK

  • Worked to tight deadlines and under pressure.

  • Supplied English translations of German documents.

  • Acquired knowledge of industry-specific terminologies.

  • Proofread and copy-edited academic research assignments.

February – March 2007 (Voluntary)

Team Arabist, Archaeological Expedition, Oman

  • Contributed linguistically to archaeological field research.

  • Interviewed local people about traditional irrigation systems, historical farming methods, customs, and contemporary trends in fashion.

  • Researched etymological and mythological significance.

  • Wrote detailed academic research report on findings.

 

 

Education & Qualifications

 

 

October 2002 – June 2006

MA(Hons) Arabic – 1st

University of Edinburgh

  • Acquired high-level proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic.

  • Dissertation: Discuss the contemporary relevance of Arabic calligraphy to the Islamic world.

September 1999 – June 2001

Northgate 6th Form, Ipswich

  • Art A

  • Biology A

  • English Literature A

  • Latin A.

 

 

Interests

 

 

  • Health & fitness: Enjoy freestyle dance, running, and healthy vegetarian cuisine.

  • Creative Snail-Mail: Passionate about keeping the art of letter-writing alive.

 

 

References


Available on request