Hairy Biker found moonlighting at Oaklea -and other strange tales

Profile: Oaklea, 10th Jul, 2018

It takes all sorts - that's why people are our No.1 asset! The Summer edition of our Newsletter, "Branching Out" is now available electronically (see link below). Oaklea Trust covers a real variety of activities from social enterprises to social care to running youth activities. One of our regular features looks at a member of the Oaklea team.

To access the Summer edition of “Branching Out” click here Oaklea Branching Out_Summer 2018 WEB.pdf

This time we’ve been ‘Getting to Know’ Lifestyle Co-ordinator extraordinaire Terry Gibbon. Terry, who works at our Supported Living accommodation in Brandon, County Durham is a talented artist and musician.

Terry; “I’m extremely passionate about art and often take my inspirations from the Pre Raphaelite and Post impressionistic eras. My favorite artist is Rossetti. I have an uncanny ability for picking up any musical instrument and just being able to play despite having no formal training. I can also hold a tune so I have been told!”

“On leaving school in 1993, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in art and design. On advice, I studied a Btec in Graphic design at New College Durham and then continued to study the subject to HND level. I soon came to realize that with the advancement of personal computers, anyone could be a graphic designer! I grew bored with the subject as I felt more at home hurling paint around rather than staying clean and staring at a computer screen all day. I was drawn to the world of theatre and set design. I enrolled myself at Cleveland College of Art and Design, incidentally the same University that the director Ridley Scott studied at. I commenced a B.A. degree in Entertainment crafts. It was there that I truly found my identity as an artist and my vocation, met friends for life and even shook hands with the guy that made Yoda from Star Wars.”

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