Art & Design Practitioner | Facilitator | Sunflower Art & Design, 

Olcay's main role is to encourage creative thinking skills and help the members gain confidence. She has a good understanding of promoting interactive activities by stimulating members' risk-taking abilities and promote self-esteem.

Olcay is a qualified community artist and designer (she achieved a BA in Graphic Design and currently completing a Master degree in Fine Art) from the University of Arts in London. She lived and worked in the borough of Tower Hamlets as part of the creative community in the East End. Over nine years of work experience of being an art practitioner, including working as a Tutor at Recovery College, she is part of the East London NHS Foundation. Olcay has also recently worked at the Idea Store teaching creative arts for adults in Tower Hamlets.

Last year, Olcay established a project called ' Fill Your Life with Creative Arts', delivering creative art workshops for a group at the  Pritchard's Road Day Centre.  At the end of a series of workshops, she curated an art exhibition called 'Texture of Life' at the Idea Store in February 2020. The main aim was to celebrate and appreciate living in a cohesive community to enrich people's qualities of life through visual arts. She has worked with a wide range of people within the community, reflecting the boroughs diversity and encouraging people to express themselves in a creative process. She has worked with a wide range of people within the borough, reflecting the boroughs diversity and encouraging people to express themselves in a creative process. She is committed to the idea that art is for everyone and everyone has something to offer. 

Olcay believes that everyone is an artist and has the potential to create and express their unique experiences and helping other people to understand and bringing people together in that understanding. Art can help break barriers between people. Her ultimate mission is to nurture and inspire creativity in everyone by designing workshops leading to everyone to create their unique artworks and showcase this art to a broader community. Her future plan is to pursue new opportunities to create a practice place to strive to make positive changes in people's lives. 


She exhibited her previous artworks in various group/solo exhibitions such as Trinity Buoy Wharf, Canada Water Art Cafe, London College of Communication and Idea Stores in East London. She also provides a diverse range of digital print designs for her existing clients. She is currently working on a number of community-based projects, various workshops and online courses and digital surface design prints that explore how visual art could be integrated with our everyday lives. 


Facilitators' Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Writing proposals for funding and grant applications, planning  timelines, and implementing general administration duties related to funding applications 

  • Leading further training activities and managing future projects for grants, sponsorships and other sources of fundings

  • Designing, developing and delivering successful workshop materials for running successful training programmes

  • Creating artworks and helping various community members develop their own unique ideas

  • Working with local community groups to identify their needs including safeguarding, data protection, health, and safety policies and regulations as well as fire exit provisions

  • Developing new groups and activities, bringing communities together through art and culture activities

  • Publicising exhibitions and events through press releases, leaflets, posters and using social media effectively

  • Preparing, installing and curating artefacts for exhibition displays and promoting other social events

  • Supporting regular project management meetings for progressing further. 

What did Olcay Learn by Working as a Community Artist?


  • Designing course materials: constructing a scheme of work considering aims, objectives, outcomes and identify particular skills to be developed for each session. 

  • How to implement new ideas to improve grant proposals 

  • Improving public speaking and presentation skills

  • Being a positive role model by motivating and inspiring others

  • Using diverse methods of teaching style, self-reflective  learning process and achieving expected outcomes for participants

  • How to capture public awareness and promote the business to go further

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