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Gayle Cantrell

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

After training in Textile Design for Fashion, I worked on my own design practice before assisting on studio and location photographic shoots for music and entertainment magazines, alongside a brief flirtation with feature writing.

I moved on to develop a career in events and artist management, working on national and international awards ceremonies, product launches and promotional events and producing the industry-renowned Real Variety Show at The Barbican and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I worked with a range of names in entertainment, politics, broadcast media and sport, alongside corporate clients and event production companies. My experience covers brand promotion, broadcast and print media, event design and production, marketing and PR, account management and promotional writing for print and web.

I took time out from the event industry to live and work in New Zealand, developing my design practice while assisting in set building, exhibition and promotion of a gallery and art space.

My postgraduate study in the therapeutic and educational application of the arts allowed me to explore how creativity can be used in order to reach a deeper level of connection with the self and others and develop knowledge on the psychology of experience using concepts from humanistic and integrative psychotherapy and neurobiology.

  • Fashion Design BA (Hons) February 07 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

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