“…the group crit… that was a real highlight… from that point I think everyone’s been a bit more confident about talking to each other, and not just about people’s work…

…and that crit was wonderful… absolutely brilliant… we had a terrific little discussion… all banging off each other… absolutely wonderful…

…the group crit… with Diana… discussing the possibilities… so that was, kind of, a key moment…”

On leading the group critique wth EM:16 Pulse Artists at Surface Gallery, 2016

Medieval graffiti workshop
Medieval graffiti workshop

Medieval Art workshops (Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Medieval Graffiti Survey)

“Another great day at the DNMGS Arts Workshop with Di Ali at Southwell Library. I can recommend this to any of our survey group members. You don’t need any particular art/creative experience. Di our tutor will show you all you need to know. It is just great fun (and as messy as you want it to be) I have not done anything like this since school (just a few years ago) but am loving it.  It’s really good fun. Group members, come and have a go. You don’t need any experience. Most of us haven’t done any of this since school. Di Ali, our tutor is just fantastic. She will help you with whatever you decide to do.” Tony Beresford, participant.

Growleaders (DYB consulting)– creative mentoring

“Absolutely brilliant, really enjoyed the session, gave a good chance to express opinions and debate them, the studies chosen were powerful and thought provoking.”

“Will help me appreciate art in the future better and consider using art to market the business better.”

“Open my eyes to art and the debate of the artist.”

“An enthusiastic and well delivered presentation that got everyone involved regardless of their initial position on the subject of the importance of art in our society. Thank you!”



Curated exhibition at St.Wulfrum’s Church

“St Wulfram’s has been a place of Christian Pilgrimage and Prayer for over a thousand years, and is through its long history has been the central point for community gatherings, both sacred and secular. We at St Wulfram’s are delighted to be able to offer this sacred space to showcase the amazing work by the students of Grantham College. After visiting the exhibition at the college for the last 2 years, I know that the standard of work is exceptional and is a real opportunity for these up and coming artists to show their true and innate talent.”

“I visited the 2016 Art Exhibition at St Wulfram’s and was so impressed and proud that I had to send you this e mail. If you haven’t been and you can , please pop in to see it. The standard of work, the tasteful layout and of course the magnificent atmosphere of the church, blend ancient and new like never before. Well done to our students and their tutors. Congratulations to the organisers for using the church – inspired!”

Mos Kalbas (Governor Chairman, Grantham College)



“Hi Diana…….. I hope you are well…… I thought I’d drop a line to let you know that I got an 80!!!!!! It was that number  right top of the drawing 1 candidate result list!!!!!!!!! I am sooooo happy and soooooo grateful for all your help!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!”

Rodoula Anastasiou (Cyprus- Painting BA (Hons) Degree Open College of the Arts)

“I just got my POP1 mark back – and I passed! With 54% which is way more than I was expecting. I thank you SO much for your time to look through my work and tell me what worked and what didn’t – it helped so much I can’t tell you.”

Catherine Levey (UK- Painting BA (Hons) Degree Open College of the Arts)