Exploring the role of the artist revealing truths, through notions of shifting borders, boundaries and thresholds; my film and photography installations look at the formation of human identity, in relation to place, culture, art, heritage and migration. Drawing on personal experience of displacement across the north /south as well as east and west divides of England, the work considers the abject, in relation to location, and in terms of reality and façade, inclusion and otherness, evolutionary development and the unquantifiable sublime.
2012- present: Artist in film, installation and participatory practice
2015-present: Co-Director & founder of Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC
2014- present: member of re:collect, contemporary artists working in heritage contexts
2012-2014, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Contemporary Artist Professional Development Programme (Arts Council Funded): selected as one of 8 regional artists to develop and advocate contemporary art and interpretive projects in heritage contexts
2003-2015, Shrewsbury College:
2014- July 2015, Course Leader & Lecturer UAL AB L3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
2012- 2014, Course Leader & Lecturer UAL AB L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
2003-2012, Course Leader & Lecturer BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design yr1,
2009-2012, Lecturer BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design yr2,
Specialism: printmaking, photography, digital video, painting, drawing and computers in art & design, delivering and embedding contextual influences, professional practice, ideas and concepts, with a particular emphasis on inclusion and equality and diversity. Pop up Art School in the Darwin Centre 2013,14 & 15; residential trips to: Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Paris. Resigned post July 2015 to develop own art practice.
2010 – 2012, PGCE Mentor, Shrewsbury College.
2001-2003, Leicester Adult Education College: ESOL, Printmaking, Painting & Drawing.
2002, St. Pauls Secondary School, Leicester, GCSE Art & Design, February – Exam, supported teaching.
2001-2003, Leicester Print Workshop: Printmaking workshops,
1995-96, Brighton School of English, Barcelona: ESL teacher,
1986-2002, Fingerprints (Bradford) Ltd. T/A PINKFISH: Design & Print co-operative: Founding Member & Director: duties included; developing graphic design and textile design for print and embroidery for a range of ethical and environmental fashion and gift items and fine art prints. Day to day co-management and running of a retail outlet in Leeds; national and international sales, design research & marketing visits- including visiting customers in Japan, Spain and the Isles of Scilly.
Bronze & Silver Arts Award Training 2017
Masters in Fine Art with Merit, Staffordshire University 2008-2010
PGCE, University of Wales, 2006
City & Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate, 2002, Leicester College
TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Bradford College, 1995
BTech Hons. 2:1- Textile Design, Science & Technology, Bradford University, 1981-85.
Industrial placement: 1983-84: Fogarty plc. Boston, Lincolnshire, Design studio.
2017- 2018 The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, Tour of Midlands and London Arts Council England (£5,650) Shropshire Council (£480) Participate Contemporary Artspace (£500). Intergenerational project focusing on the importance of self-expression on wellbeing, & reflecting on the words of Wilfred Owen.
2018, An Undertaking…..re:collect collaboration, St. Chads Church, Shrewsbury, Mentored project ACE £15,000.
August 2016- January 2017, The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, Arts Council England (£15,000) Arts for Health (£240) Participate Contemporary Artspace (£250) and contributions from local schools and colleges in payment for workshops. This intergenerational project explores and shares thoughts and experiences of war & peace through creative & expressive processes, interpreting stimuli from a travelling collection of contemporary artworks.
2014-2016, Curiosity re:collect interventions, Arts Council England £15,000, Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery £1250, Shropshire Council £2500: re:collect site responsive exhibition with a touring Cabinet of Curiosity.
2012-2014, beinghuman, cultural identity project: Arts Council England awarded £7700 for the project involving young people in a contemporary art and heritage context. I developed the project in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery(£500), The New Art Gallery Walsall (£500) and the new Museum & Art Gallery in Shrewsbury (£500).
2019-20 The Elephant in the Room, film & Installation for National Trust Powis Castle.
2018-19, Cinderloo 1821, film and schools workshops, Heritage Lottery Funded, Telford.
2019, Scaffolds of Nature, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury
2019, Encounters, VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury
2019, You, me and those who came before, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury
2018 The First Casualty of War, Tile museum, Ironbridge, & Theatre Severn , Shrewsbury.
2018, An Undertaking…..re:collect collaboration, St. Chads Church, Shrewsbury.
2017-18 The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings tour, Library of Birmingham , HMP Leicester, Attingham Park
2017 The Beat of the Butterflies Wings’ (as Part of the Big Draw 2017) Participate Contemporary Artspace
2017, Eden………..Participate Contemporary Artspace, Open exhibition.
2016-2017, The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, Community Gallery, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2016, Migration….Qube, Open Exhibition, Oswestry
2016, Eden………..Participate Contemporary Artspace, Open exhibition.
2016, The Nature of War , re:collect at Participate Contemporary Artspace & St Chad’s Church.
2015-16, re:collect, Cabinet of Curiosity Tour: Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury; Powis Castle; Wrexham Museum
2015: The Elephant in the Room Conversations ……. Powis Castle
2015 The Elephant in the Room Conversations tour…… Participate Contemporary Artspace,Shrewsbury
2015, The First Casualty of War is Truth, re:collect group exhibition, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2015, Grand Opening, group show…Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury
2015, re:collect, Cabinet of Curiosity Tour, Wenlock Poetry Festival
2014/15, Curiosity re:collect interventions..Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2014, beinghumanproject 2014,…The New Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2013, beinghumanproject2012, …Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2013, beinghumanproject2012, …The New Art Gallery, Walsall
2012, Object Lessons, re:collect group exhibition, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2012, 7 on the Severn and Wye…Mid Wales Art Gallery, Powys
2012, beinghumanproject2012…Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2011, Being Human…Exhibition Space ,School of Art, Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology
2011, Qube Open ….Qube Gallery, Oswestry
2011, KinoCafe……Short Film Night, The Ironworks, Oswestry
2010, MA Fine Art … Staffordshire University
2010, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, Airspace Gallery, Stoke
2009, MA Fine Art … Staffordshire University
2009, Coming Soon… Staffordshire University
2009, A New Age, Airspace Gallery, Stoke
2008, Life in a box, Staffordshire University
Workshops, Talks, Residencies & Presentations
2017-2018, The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, Tour PCA, Library of Birmingham, Attingham Hall, HMP Leicester, resedencies and workshops.
2016-2017, The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, community workshops & Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2016-17, Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury, Scour Mills, Redditch, Participate Contemporary Artspace, a range of Object analysis and printmaking workshops, (monotype, drypoint etching and colograph).
2016 Age UK, re:collect Cabinet of Curiosity, pilot reminiscence project, Shrewsbury,
2016 re:collect Cabinet of Curiosity, Museums for Health & Wellbeing Conference, Manchester.
2015, The Elephant in the Room Conversations at Powis Castle-workshops, talks & tours.
2015, Severn Fields Project, Arts for Health , print workshop for staff and service users.
2015, re:collect, Cabinet of Curiosity Tour: workshops; Powis Castle; Wrexham Museum
2015, The First Casualty of War is Truth, re:collect group exhibition, talks, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2015, Curiosity re:collect interventions, workshops, talks & tours at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2013, New Curators Group Exhibition: Migration, at Shrewsbury Museum & Art
Gallery, workshop involving Foundation Degree, students from the Art School,
2013, re:collect, Object Lessons exhibition, 2 half day workshops, with Foundation Art & Design from Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
2013, Arts Café, The Hive, Shrewsbury, Object Lessons presentation
2012, Being Human Project 2012- 6 workshops in Galleries & Museums around the West Midlands involving young people with the Gallery/Museum collections.
2012, Talk - New Curators group at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
Community & Wellbeing Workshops: Shropshire Council DBS
2019, Creative Conversations, creative media workshops for over 55’s, The Redwoods Centre & Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury
2018, Creatures of the Mappa Mundi, commuity quilting and discussion workshops, in Hereford for Yinke Shonibare Studio and Meadow Arts
2018, Summer Art School, Bronze & Silver Arts Award, Participate Contemporary Artspace.
2018 IceAge Cave painting & Sound workshops, for Meadow Arts , Hive Worcester.
2017, Summer Art School, Bronze Arts Award, Participate Contemporary Artspace.
2016, Summer, Practitioner plus, sessional paid work for NCS The Challenge, Birmingham.
2015-present: Director of Participate Contemporary Artspace, community projects & exhibitions.
2014- present Reiki and Iatsu (sister therapy to Acupressure) Practitioner.
2011- 2013 Sectional Assistant, First Shrewsbury Explorer Group, Supporting Camps, Urban Hikes, Adventure Activities, and a D of E bronze Award, Film Project.