Giles is an artist and educator who prioritises patience, ethics and playfulness in his approach to his life and work. He completed a BA (Hons) in Theatre in 2001 and an MA in Performance Art in 2006, and since then has maintained an open and improvisational approach to adults, children and creative processes. His aim in life is to be continually accepting of different points of view, to embrace everyone’s thoughts and ideas, and to help realise the potential of everyone he works with.
For his own fun, Giles creates audio and film pieces, forms ceramic sculptures and polymer clay objects, and he paints and crafts with paper and glue. In his daily life, Giles works in a mainstream primary school with children who have special education needs, helping them develop not only academic skills but social confidence, independence and an appreciation of their own creative ability. He also works on holiday schemes where the emphasis is even more on play.
Giles’ favourite way to socialise is during a long hike in the countryside, and in 2017 he completed a 40 mile hike to help raise money for the children’s charity Action Medical Research. He also loves comedy, especially Laurel and Hardy because they derive all their humour from a playful and gentle energy.
Giles has many role models, but in particular he values storytellers, musicians and artists who can move him with poetry, philosophy and humour all at once. These include Michael Rosen, whose children’s poetry has endlessly charmed him, and Mary Oliver, who uses words to describe nature in the most mesmerising, enriching and life-affirming way.