Culture vulture

12th November 2004 at 00:00
Heaven is Hull for art-lover Margie Henderson

Best on stage

We have the wonderful Hull Truck, John Godber's theatre company. I've just booked to see his play Teechers (pictured). His work is very down to earth and it makes me laugh.

Going to galleries

I come to London regularly; I like the Serpentine gallery in Hyde Park because it's small and free and there's something different each time you go. I like Tate Modern and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. I like seeing how people present things, including children's art. It gives me ideas for working with my own children. I like the impressionist Seurat; I use cotton buds to do pointillist pictures with my pupils.

Making art

Our school belongs to an international consortium with special schools from Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Latvia. Every two years we do an arts project together: for example, we've all learned the same dance and come together to perform it; another project was a touring exhibition of 20 pieces of art from each school. The latest project is a photography exhibition, "What Do You See?", in the BBC Open Centre in Hull this month.

Creative Partnerships helped us bring in digital photography experts to work with the children. I've done quite a lot of painting. I've had fun with pen and ink and colour washes. I have used oils, but the smell in the house gets to you after a while. I like sketching too: you can just sit down and do it, and it doesn't get messy.

Favourite reading

I read madly on holiday. I am very partial to Margaret Forster and Anne Tyler. Also to Winnie-the-Pooh.

Treats in store

I'd like to go on a painting holiday in Tuscany. I'd like to hear James Taylor live. We're just beginning to get people coming to Hull to perform.

We used to have to go to Sheffield, but Elton John came here in the summer.

And I want to skate in Hyde Park. I've watched people do it and thought:

"That looks lovely. I want to do that before I can't any more."

Margie Henderson, 57, is art co-ordinator at Tweendykes special school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties in Hull. She was talking to Karen Gold

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