Adel Al-Salloum, Director, The Spark Arts for Children
Adel Al-Salloum has been the Director of The Spark Arts for Children since January 2012. Prior to this Adel worked as an Associate Director for Northern Stage Ensemble and Leicester Theatre Trust (LTT). During her time at LTT she was involved in articulating and implementing a vision for Curve, Leicester; leading on their Participation & Learning Strategy which included developing Little Curve, a programme of small scale shows and workshops for young children aged 0-7 years and their families.
Adel's experience is in creating theatre with and for children and young people, and finding ways in which people of all ages and abilities can access great art.
Luke is an Interaction Designer / Programmer and Creative Technologies Consultant at Dotlib Ltd. He has a particular interest in physical computing, where the physical and the digital realms meet. The main area of his work is designing and building interactive installations, custom software, sensory and assistive technology involving lighting, projection, sonic sculpture and vibration.
Luke's past projects have made use of bespoke electronics, custom software and digital media to enable alternative interactions, that trigger events in the digital and physical world. For the last four years Luke has been engaged at Three Ways SEN School in Bath helping to develop their Sensory Studio. During this time he has created sensory, assistive and educational technology involving lighting, projection, sound, olfactory and haptic feedback.
￼￼Dr Craig Vear
Dr. Craig Vear is Reader in Performing Arts, specialising in music and digital arts, within the School of Art at De Montfort University (DMU).
Craig is an internationally recognised composer working within performance and technology. He is Head of the Performance Research Group at DMU, a founding member of DORG: Digital Opera Research Group, and full member of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.
In 2011 he was part of the creative team that won the Olivier Award for Best Production for The Railway Children. He spent three months Antarctica as composer-in-residence with the British Antarctic Survey (2003-4), and sold over 350,000 albums with his band Cousteau.
Dr. Linda McConnon
Dr Linda McConnon is an educationalist, researcher and playworker. Since 2001 Linda has been working with children, young people and families in their communities.
Linda's specialism is understanding children's transitions into and through school in relation to artistic identity, and how creativity and "possibility thinking" develops and emerges between peers through collaboration and communication.
Recent projects Linda has worked on include: The Policy Observatory Project (Welsh Government funded), Creative Little Scientists (EU funded), Communicating Possibilities PhD (ESRC funded), Child-initiated Play and Professional Creativity at the University of Exeter and the Creative and Cultural Education Probe (commissioned by the QCDA).
Also, thanks to the following artists and teachers who have contributed to the project: Lynne Pallet, Lucy Heaton, Ben Edwards, Dawn Bowden, Jayne Williams, Hugo Worthy and Marianne Pape.