Keith Parkinson

B.Ed (Hons.) MA Ed Man., BA (Hons.) Fine Art

Contemporary Fine Artist

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Qualifications

1970 – 1975: Accrington Grammar School.   7 GCE O Levels Grade C and above

1975-1977:  Accrington and Rossendale College. 3 GCE A Levels

1977-1981: Preston Polytechnic, Poulton-le-Fylde Campus. Full Time.  

B.Ed. (Hons) 2:2. Education Studies. Lancaster University Award 1981.

1995 -1999: Edge Hill University College. Part-Time.

                      MA (Ed Man) Education Management. Lancaster University Award 1999.

2002-2005: Blackburn College. Part-Time. OCNW Art Level A & B, City & Guilds Art.

2005 - 2008: Blackburn College , East Lancashire Institute of Higher Education.

BA Fine Art (Integrated Media) 2:1.

Employment History

1981-1986: Wishmore Cross Residential Special School for boys aged 11 – 17 with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Chobham, Surrey.

1987 -1989: Warren Hills Primary School, Coalville, Leicestershire. Teacher.

1989 -1992: Crawshawbooth Primary School, Rawtenstall. Lancashire. Teacher.

1992-1999: Broadway Primary School, Haslingden, Lancashire. Deputy Head Teacher.

1999-2004: Water Primary School, Rossendale, Lancashire. Head Teacher.

1999-2001: Edge Hill University College. Woodlands Centre, Chorley. Part-time lecturer in Education Management on Preparation for Leadership and MA Education Management Courses.

2004 –current: Self employed artist and artist in residence in schools.

2005 – 2008: Student. BA Fine Art (Integrated Media) Blackburn College, Institute of Higher Education.

2008 – current: The University Centre at Blackburn College. Part-time tutor in Education Studies.

2010 –current: Curious Minds Arts Practitioner

2010 – founder member of The Art of Distraction – Arts Group

2012- current: Opened Ribble valley Art Studios, Clitheroe, as co-proprietor



1992: Using Comics to Teach Knowledge About Language.  Lancashire LINC Project

1999: MA Dissertation Literature Review published as part of Lancashire Education Authority Research into School Effectiveness

2001: MA Dissertation published within Leading School Improvement by Adrian Smith and Catherine Sykes. Peter Francis Publishers.


Recent Exhibitions

Blackburn Town Centre, Artichoke Studios Exhibition – December 2008

Yorkshire Waterways Museum – solo exhibition – January – March 2009

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, 12 Degrees – March 2009

WevArt Gallery, Colne. – Drawing at Top Lock -Event exhibition – September / October 2009

Sultan Gallery, Lancaster – Melt  - joint exhibition with Beverley Chapelhow – September / October 2009

Smith Hall, Brighouse – Solo Exhibition – April -June 2010

Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole – solo exhibition – July / August 2010

ACE Centre, Nelson – Drawing at Top Lock 2010 –community drawing event– September 2010

POP Project ,Blackburn - Moving On  - solo exhibition  - July 2010

LET Project, Blackburn  - LETs get Reminiscing  - Art of Distraction exhibition - March 2011

ACE Centre, Nelson – Melt - joint exhibition with Beverley Chapelhow – February 2011.

ACE Centre Nelson – LETs get Reminiscing – Art of Distraction exhibition – Summer 2011

Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole – People, Places, Memories - solo exhibition – October 2012

Forthcoming Exhibitions

The Grand Theatre, Clitheroe – collaboration with Ribble Valley Jazz Festival – May 2013

Salmesbury Hall, Preston – joint exhibition with Beverley Chapelhow – May 2014


Community Arts Projects

January 2007: Arts and Health Project for Hyndburn Borough Council..

February – May 2008: Schools and Community Arts Project with Freehold and Werneth Primary Schools, Oldham. Funded by Oldham Council Grant involving workshops with children and parents.

August 2009: Drawing at Top Lock – Community Drawing Event –initiator and provider

February 2010: POP Project Our Place. Lead artist/facilitator for MLA Funded Community Arts Projects offering 6 weeks of workshops and events, studio and exhibition space. Blackburn with Darwen.

May 2010: Our Patch Public Art Project – Community participation Project - Blackburn

September 2010 – March 2011: Curator – Blackburn LET – Empty Shops Arts Project with Creative Partnerships and Blackburn with Darwen Council and The Art of Distraction

September 2010 - Project Coordinator – Nelson Let Project - Empty Shops Community Arts Project with Creative Partnerships and Pendle Borough Council

November 2010 – LETS get Reminiscing – series of workshops with Community Groups for Blackburn LET – outcome – a Public Art piece using digital and sound media from the research.


From 2004 I have worked freelance providing Art workshops and residencies in Primary Schools throughout the North West.