Creative evaluator

Kamina Walton

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Artist, creative producer, evaluator (Generation ART evaluator)

Kamina Walton

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Ten questions for ten creatives

  1. What do you do for a living?
    I have been working as a freelance throughout my 30 year career and during that time have taken on a whole range of different roles, but always linked directly to the Arts. This includes running creative workshops; artist residencies in schools; project management; long term commissions delivering programmes of work; evaluating arts projects and programmes.
  2. What was the path that led you to do what you do now?
    When I finished my A Levels I went straight into a 1 year full time Art Foundation course. At the end of the course I decided I wanted to study theatre design but had no experience and didn’t get a place on the degree course I applied for. So I took a year out, got work on various playschemes and did voluntary work with young offenders where I set up a darkroom and taught them photography. This led me to a love of photography, doing a City & Guilds course in the evenings and going on to apply for and get a place on a Photography & Film degree course at what was then The Polytechnic of Central London. Actually, looking back my parents gave me a cheap Kodak camera when I was about 8 years old and it probably all started from there.
  3. What did you want to be when you were at school?
    I don’t think I knew except that it would need to be something creative.
  4. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
    Have confidence, follow your heart and put yourself out there wherever possible.
  5. What do you like my most about your job?
    I love my work because: it’s varied so I never get bored; it’s challenging so keeps me on my toes and offers loads of opportunities for learning; I am my own boss so no one else can tell me what to do.
  6. What do you find most challenging?
    Not losing my nerve when work is thin on the ground and there’s no money coming in.
  7. What’s your favourite song (at the moment)?
    Laura Mvula, Green Garden
  8. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
    Rajasthan, Northern India; Mexico; Iceland.
  9. Name three things that you always take with you to work on an average day.
    My iPhone, my pencil case and a bottle of water.
  10. Tell us a joke or a secret.
    I ran away from London to Bristol to join the circus.