This drawing wins Koestler Trust Award 2010
Draft CV – Aly Gynn (Alyster Gynn)
Arts Council England Award Winner – 2006 (for developing art practices)
Visual Artist, Painter. Stand Up Comedian. Live Literature-Slam Poet. Singer/Songwriter.
Born Cornwall 1961
Guest Speaker and Performances for ESAN (East Suffolk Advocacy Network) and Suffolk NHS Mental Health Conferences/Open Days, 2007 and 2008 (enter quote from John Parr)
Guest Speaker and Performances for the National Autistic Society. Working directly with NAS teams on recent campaigns. ‘Think differently about Autism’ and‘I Exist’.
Speech at No.11 Downing Street, London(2008) for the NAS. Met with the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, MPs and NAS Charity Proponents. (enter quote from Alistair Darling and the Johnathan Shaw – Minister for Disabled People)
Contributed to Robin Hammond’s (International Photographer) – UK Exhibition, ‘Think Differently’ – Had portrait taken by Robin and later made a speech at the London Opening of the National touring Exhibition. Speech followed by a performance of my song ‘Friend of Dorothy’ http://www.myspace.com/shedoesntdomaths
Wrote and Performed ‘Abacus’ (Slam Poem) and gave speech – Houses of Parliament, London. (Audience NAS Campaign Leaders and MPs)
Judged the Prose entries of the National Autistic Society ‘Creativity Competition’ – Made a Speech and presented prizes – London. 2009
(enter quotes from Matthew Downie, Gemma Redgewell and Jane Asher)
Press: Interviews and Portrait Photographs.
Daily Mirror – Miriam Stoppard, East Anglian Daily Times, Cornish and Devon, Bury Free Press, Good To Know Website, NHS Website, NAS Website (blogs) Own Websites and Blogs, BBC Radio Suffolk, Breakthru Radio – Planet Beet Show, Gaydar Website
Filmed: BBC and ITV Breakfast News with Matthew Downie NAS Campaigns Manager. East Anglian Mental Health Development – Stepping Forward. Personal You Tube-Site now finished. Autism Research Society – Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and Volunteer for Research Development. Filmed and Recorded at Numerous Venues Arts and Festival Performances plus Campaign Conferences throughout East Anglia and London (enter quote from Sarah Holmes – Director, New Wolsey Theatre)
Weekly blogs/diary for the National Autistic Society.
Writing and recording jokes, weekly – for the ‘Planet Beet’ Radio show- (Norwich) – Part of Breakthru Radio – World Wide, based in New York (Indie music and unsigned bands) Show Producer and DJ ‘Mr. Jason’ Old School Studios, Norwich
Suffolk County Council commissioned Writing and Performance of the Live Literature Poem ‘442’. This work for the Suffolk Racial Harassment Initiative Conference at Leiston High School. ‘442’ was also made into a DVD and contributed to the ‘Let’s Kick it Out Campaign (Racism in Football). (enter quote from Leon Mann-former European Marketing Director) Performance at Ipswich Town Football Club.
Enrolled Nurse (General) Trained at North Devon Hospital and worked at Plymouth City hospitals. – 1982-88
FE Lecturer in Visual Studies, West suffolk college. 1993-1998
Teaching within a Further Education Context, Visual Studies and Fine Art (pre-degree students) Part-time basis with continuing Arts practice
Community support Worker, Suffolk County Council (Social). – 1998-2000
Working in a respite (short break) context within a team. For adult Service Users with Learning Difficulties (including Autistic spectrum Disorders)
FE Lecturer in Learning Support, West Suffolk College, 2000-2003
Teaching and developing the curriculum for Further Education Students with Severe Learning Disabilities. Specialist areas – Art, Music and the Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Continuing Art Practice while teaching – Painting
Art and Creativity Projects (alongside formal employment) 1994 – 2009: Three Square Meals – writing and poetry. Small World – design and graphics. Felt pens Have Feelings Too – Painting, Poetry, Music and comedy. Exhibited Paintings
Project of 30 canvasses ‘Sphere of Poetry’ – Completed Painting Works (Still to be exhibited as a complete series and Statement)
Housekeeping, Cleaning and Caretaker jobs for financial stability and Independence (part time) 2005-2008 – Alongside Continuing Arts Professional Development. Brief Time – Employed as a Carer for a NAS Home (Aug-Nov 2008)
BTEC National Diploma Art and Design -Plymouth School of Art and Design 1998-1990
2:1 BA (Hons) degree in fine Art – Falmouth School of Art and Design – 1st class for Dissertation 1990-1993
Masters Degree Fine Art and Cultural Studies – Norwich School of Art and Design – 1994-96 (
Certificate of Education in Post Compulsory Education Anglia Polytechnic University -1996
The initial certificate in teaching Basic Skills (literacy) City and Guilds – 2002
The initial certificate in teaching Basic skills (numeracy) City and Guilds – 2002
Other Qualifications and skills:
Computer Literacy and Information Technology Stage 1 – OCR – 2002
SchoolSafe Core programme – Suffolk county Council – 2001
Suffolk Social Services – Kerrison Conference and Training Centre : Standard Training Course For Staff Working With Learning Disabilities 1998. Risk: Choices, Independence and Implications 2000. Sexuality and People with Learning Disabilities (Levels 1 and 2) 2000. recognising and Responding to abuse – policies and procedures 1999.
Instructor in Basic manual Handling – West suffolk College – 2001
Many short course and workshop with Suffolk making art work, Menta and Suffolk Business Link 2003 – 2006
Commissioned poetry and school performance for Suffolk County council – Racial Harassment Initiative (442) – 2005
Many Short Courses and Contribution to “Making Art Work’ Suffolk County Council.
Born Alison Gynn, name on certificates and exhibitions until 2001. Aly Gynn 2001 – ongoing shortended version of Alyster. Alyster legal name of Artist and chosen Male name since January 2009 – ongoing. Alyster is a Transsexual Man.
Professional Development Update
Music: Back To The Drawing Room : Album and Performance 2006 – 2016
Fine Art: Exhibition of Paintings – ditto ditto 2003 – 2013
Writing and Live Literature: The Hurry (novel) and 2nd Stage of ‘Felt Pens have Feelings too’ – Live Literature Poetry Performance. (Stage 1 – Arts council England Award – Development of Work 2006)
Ongoing – 4 Stages.
(Thumbnail image – portrait : Wendy Turner Red Shed, Bury St Edmunds – cropped, 2006)