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             Mike Stevenson  trained  in his native city at Liverpool College of Art, where he was awarded the National Diploma in Design in Sculpture.  He undertook teacher training at Manchester College of Art and qualified with Distinction.  Initially he taught in secondary schools and was head of an art department.  He then became interested in the freedom offered by working with younger pupils and moved into primary education, eventually becoming Head of an experimental primary school. He then returned to his specialist art role as Curriculum Development Leader for Visual Arts with Manchester Local Education Authority.He taught often in Colleges and Universities and later gained a Master of Arts degree, awarded with Distinction. 

            Mike worked as a Local Authority Adviser and Inspector, responsible for developing art, design and technology education in the schools and colleges administered by a Local Education Authority.  He ended his career as a General Education Adviser responsible for improving performance and attainment in a group of schools.  During his career he trained as an Ofsted School Inspector and participated in many inspections of primary and secondary schools. 

            He is particularly interested in the development of creative thinking skills, and how that development contributes to the overall intellectual development of people.  He is once again, a practicing and exhibiting artist.  For a time he was the Secretary and webmaster of the Didsbury Arts Network. He is a member of the Chorlton Drawing Group, an artists’ co-operative that meets to draw from the model.  He has exhibited in a number of open exhibitions and his work was selected by Stockport Art Gallery for a long term Artlink exhibition.  His work is in several private collections.  He continues to write for publication, and is currently the educational consultant and writes regular articles for ‘Mums and Dads’ magazine.  Mike's book "Do Yer Do Nudes Sir?" is available as an e-book from, and has been described as "Funny, touching, heartwarming and very perceptive".  Examples of his work and writing in art education have recently been lodged with the National Art Education Archive.

             Throughout his career Mike has taught most aspects of art and design to a variety of age groups.  He has delivered successful workshops on painting; drawing and 3-dimensional work.  He has lectured extensively to adult groups on how people learn to be artistic. Mike runs workshops to help adults talk sensibly with others about art works.  He has frequently visited schools to discuss his own work with pupils.  Mike runs successful courses to help teachers understand, plan and teach better. Until very recently he was a tutor for the Open College of The Arts teaching painting and watercolour courses.   An article about his work "Mike Stevenson - Finding The Pattern" was published in the OCA online journal.  Mike currently leads an art appreciation group "Looking At Art" for the South Manchester University of the Third Age.  Recently he succeeded after many years in returning a collection of children's art works to the school in Hiroshima where they were made shortly after the school was the first to resume teaching after the atomic bombing.

Please contact him if you think he might be able to contribute to one of your projects.   



"The Looking and Touching and Asking and Learning for Drawing and Painting Book" (with others)  Manchester Education Committee

"The Sensory Development Project"(with others)    Manchester Education Committee

"Assessment, Evaluation and Art Education" in National Association of Art Advisers Conference Report, University of East Anglia 1981.

"Pupil Profiles, an alternative to conventional examinations?" British Journal of Educational Studies  vol XXX1 No 2. 1983

"Problems of assessment and examination in art education"  Journal of Art and Design  Education vol 2 No. 3 1983.

"The balanced curriculum - some perspectives on the current debate",  Curriculum -  Journal of  the Association for the Study of the Curriculum vol 5 No 2. 1984

1987-88   Book reviews for the Journal of Art and Design Education, (JADE)

 ‘Children Should Have Rights, Too.’  Manchester Evening News July 24th  2003

2003-     Education consultant and columnist ‘Mums &Dads’ magazine, variety of articles on educational, child development and  learning issues

2012 "Do Yer Do Nudes, Sir?" e-book available from Amazon,

2017 Art education writings and collections lodged with National Art Education Archive, Bretton Hall, Wakefield. 



Various group and individual exhibitions 1963-2011 including:

4 Young Sculptors – Bluecoat Courtyard, Liverpool:  Academy Open Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool:  Everyman Gallery, Liverpool: Boodles Gallery, Southport :  Huyton Hall Gallery, Liverpool : Southern Hey Gallery, Manchester:  6 Northwest Art Advisers - Manchester Polytechnic Galleries : Blackthorn Art Centre :  Art Advisers Association Exhibition:  Cable Gallery, Preston : Snowdonia Gallery, Betws-y-Coed:

Stockport Art Guild 2000
Stockport Open Art Exhibition- works accepted annually 2002 until 2005
Stockport Art Gallery Artlink Exhibitor May/Sept 2004 
Art In The Park, Manchester – annually 2006 -2008
Didsbury Drawing Group Exhibition, Portico Gallery, August 2009
Drawing For Life Exhibition, T'ai Chi Hall, Manchester, September 2009.
Vistas and Visions - One Man Show for Didsbury Arts Festival, Manchester, October 2009.
Curator of and exhibitor at group exhibition "Personal Views" for Didsbury Arts Festival 2010
Waterside Art Gallery, Trafford - Open Exhibition 2012
"Many Waters" One man show at Old Parsonage Gallery, Manchester, 2014.