Karen O'Shea

Karen O shea

​e: koshea@cardiffmet.ac.uk
t: 02920 416566
w: http://www.fovography.com


BA Hons Art and Craft Studies
Preparing to Teach in Post-16 Education and Training

Areas of Responsibility

Since 2015, I’ve been supporting an exciting area of cutting-edge research within the School of Art and Design: Fovography and Immersive Technologies, more about which can be found at www.fovography.com. In 2017 I also began supporting Cardiff Fab Lab, based within the school, the digital laboratory where virtually anything is possible (see www.fablabcardiff.com). In 2018 I became a tutor on the Cardiff Open Art School programme offering textiles and mixed-media programmes.


In 2014, after a 28-year career to Board Director level in further and higher education communications, public relations, and organisational improvement, I decided to pursue my passion for art. I completed a teaching qualification to inspire others’ creativity and soon after establishing my creative practice as a mixed media visual artist in 2015 won first prize in the first ever Wales Art Challenge. 

My strategic managerial experience in business planning, finance, HR, IT, communications and event management are used to good effect in supporting arts activities and organisations such as East Cardiff Arts. 

 Well-being is at the heart of my creative work. Found objects and recycled materials feature heavily in expressing personal stories through stitch, collage, handmade-paper and mixed-media. 

 I deliver workshops for all ages, abilities, and disabilities to inspire creativity and have significant experience teaching people living with dementia. I am keen to build opportunities for people experiencing disadvantage and help individuals of all ages and abilities realise their creative potential and find their voice through the arts.