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Magnolia Learning offers a range of services to assist in the design and development of learning and training with an art-based, creative focus.  Claire Manning is a passionate education advocate for individuals of all abilities with a successful 20 + year portfolio career in a variety of learning, development, facilitation, consulting and research roles in both private and public sector organisations.  During this time Claire has developed programs where aspects of the arts and collaborations with artists have enhanced learning experiences for organisations. In recent years, working as a researcher, program designer and facilitator in advocacy, disability and inclusion environments, Magnolia Learning’s approach has highlighted how helpful the different aspects of the arts are in assisting individuals to build knowledge, skills and confidence.  Alongside arts-based learning in the workplace projects Magnolia Learning also runs fun creative storytelling workshops.



I have worked in a variety of workplace sectors including professional services, education and arts. My qualifications and experience have been focused on adult learning, evaluation and qualitative research methods and in recent years for both professional and personal reasons I have worked on building my advocacy, disability and inclusion knowledge.

Writing Workshops

Through a range of short activities, everyone is encouraged to write freely by letting go and allowing the words and ideas flow. Using artwork images, photographs and other prompts, participants are inspired to enjoy the telling tales process. Tales can be fact, fiction or a combination of both. This is an interactive experience that offers engaging and fun ways to explore words and images on the way to a short story or two. No experience necessary.

Art-Based Learning

Magnolia Learning offers a range of services to assist in the design and development of learning and training.  Where appropriate solutions can have an artistic and creative focus. I listen and consult with all stakeholders to develop an understanding of the learning, training and development issues in your organisation and discuss the ways to help engage learners and build skills important for success. I research workplace learning environments to determine the most appropriate approach for your workplace and business needs. I design and develop learning and training workshops, programs, sessions based on both adult learning principles and artistic learning traditions.  I also have a network of accomplished artists who can support the facilitation of creative learning processes.

My Core Strengths

  • Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational, administration and project management skills
  • Flexible team member with capacity to build rapport across the organisation
  • In-depth research skills and knowledge of all levels of life-time learning
  • Ability to quickly build understanding and skills in new areas


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