Cheryl Dean is a visual artist and community arts worker living in McLaren Vale and working in the southern area. In her personal arts practise she produces works on paper, mixed media and textile based sculpture. Her work has been in various exhibitions as well as textile products, commissioned for promotional events and theatre. She commenced her art training at SA School of Art in 1969, followed to date by numerous visual art subjects through TAFE, WEA and various Master classes. Since 1998 she holds a Grad Dip of Comm Cultural Development in Community Based Arts Practise CANSA and in 1999 an Applied and Visual Arts Cert IV in Textiles she is also an Accredited Member of Craft South.
Prior to establishing Artworks Cheryl worked as an arts worker in numerous school, community projects and festivals including regional areas as well as projects with youth and people living with disadvantage and disability. The first of these was The Willunga Mosaic Path project in 1997. In 2000 she was Assistant Coordinator and Artsworker on the Christies Downs Mosaic Walkway Project. Twice she has been the recipient of Skills and Arts Development Grants, Australia Council CCDB in 2003 and 2005.
Prior to the above, as a contracted grant writer she secured arts funding for various initiatives such as Flinders- Arts in Health, Multicultural Festival and Dept of Admin and Info services. Cheryl has been a member of several art based project steering groups for various organisations.