About Satellite Arts:
Satellite Arts is an organisation run by partners, Andy Burton and Gill Bond.
Gill and Andy founded Satellite Arts in 1984 and have continued to gain a wide reputation for creating exciting, visual storytelling shows and workshops for children and their families.
Our mission is:
To inspire and enhance everyday life by engaging people in participatory arts.
What we do:
- We create participatory shows, workshops and events.
- Our performers, musicians and creative artists have extensive experience working in schools, theatres and community venues with both children and adults.
- Satellite Arts welcomes new audiences, schools and community groups who would like to get involved in live arts projects.
Meet the Team
Gill has been involved with creating shows and projects since a child, running a drama ‘school’ from her family shed for the neighbouring children and staging outdoor garden shows.
Trained at Dartington College of Arts and Rolle College as a performing arts practitioner and teacher, Gill taught Drama in Devon, became a Youth Arts Worker in South East London and went on to be a Community Artist and Performer with The Albany; Emergency Exit Arts; Chairivari; Interplay and Welfare State International before setting up Satellite Arts with Andy in 1984.
Gill is an experienced workshop leader in drama and singing both in formal and informal education settings and works with all ages to encourage enjoyable participation. She can deliver formal classes for GCSE; BTec; Diploma and Arts Award qualifications and also runs informal weekly classes in drama and singing that encourage people to ‘have-a-go’. She is passionate about producing powerful and relevant community events that bring people together. Together with Andy, she devises, directs and performs in touring shows for children and is also a caller for ceilidh dancing.
Andy’s interest in the performing arts began with a wonderful model theatre that his father created for him as a boy. He learnt to perform magic tricks and became a conjuror, performing in community halls.
Trained in drama at Dartington College of Arts, Devon, Andy’s first acting job was as a hedgehog called Mad Gus in Adrian Mitchell’s play ‘Uppendown Mooney’. He then worked for many years with ‘Welfare State International Arts Company’, based in Cumbria and also performed in community theatre projects with ‘Interplay’ in Leeds.
Andy has written music and songs for children’s theatre shows and BBC radio plays, and also for Satellite Arts audio CD’s ‘The Musical Garden’, ‘Orbit’ and ‘Wilson 100 Songs’. His favourite acting role was as Sid Mudgeon, a magical refugee tramp, in ‘The Fear Brigade’ by Adrian Mitchell, although he also very much enjoyed playing an Ugly Sister in the Cinderella pantomime at the Georgian Theatre Richmond.
Recently he has created and toured the shows: ‘On The Bus’ and ‘Grandy’s Gingerbread Tales’. Andy also plays fiddle and accordion with ‘Full English Breakfast’ and ‘The Moonraker Ceilidh Band’ and enjoys making junk instruments and wind sculptures and running Xylosound a 20 piece band of adults with additional needs.