As a Renaissance woman and hybrid professional working with communities, I bring a vocabulary of design, culture, the arts, and architecture to children, adults, and institutions supporting learning and play.
I am concerned and consumed with beauty, I think there is an aesthetic essence to everyday living. Within our designs and designed objects, it is the artful adventure, active discovery, curatorial stance, and creative exploration that become features of aesthetic experiences. Children and adults develop aesthetic attitudes within halls of play and learning, which allow them to identify the importance of art’s uniqueness and to understand the relationship of art to how we live our lives and what we choose to surround ourselves with. In this fast and powerful information age, it is critical to become visual thinkers, capable of judging the merits and quality of objects, images, environments, scale, contexts, and more – the dynamics of the real world.
As a provocateur, I advocate for art and art-making to be part of every project, whether via a direct commission of an artist or collaboration with an artist or via the procurement or production of artful elements. Identifying creative and local talent, I borrow the mantra “get an artist to do it.” Participating in and appreciating the arts and design provides joy and delight, sparks creativity, instigates discourse and above all, art helps define who we are at our very best.
Sharon Exley commented on Jon Langford and Sally Timms of the Mekons perform at the RBSC for Peter Exley's Research Studio Class
Teaching in the modern age.