Shelley Castle gained a degree in Fine Art Painting from Central St. Martin’s and then completed an MA in Arts and Ecology at Dartington College of Art, Devon. Her studio projects involve a broad array of collaborators including other artists, her immediate family, horologists, dancers and entomologists, and she has shown her work internationally and more locally at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, based near Exeter. For the past six years she has worked with communities as a civic artist, building relationships between people and place, and is a creative lead for Encounters Arts based in Totnes. She has worked with community makers to create bronzes, textiles, processions, banners, lace and a new folk song. Most recently she worked with two locations, one in Manchester and one in Torquay, to create an installation called ‘The Human Bower’ which is currently on show in Manchester Museum. She is interested in the power of hands-on making when combined with guided conversations about the past, present and future and often works within a museum context.