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.
2015-present: Co-Director (treasurer) of Participate Contemporary Artspace
2012- present: Freelance Artist in film, photography, installation and interactive art interpretation.
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 artworks and interpretive projects in a heritage context for the New Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
2014- Present re:collect, contemporary artists group working in a heritage context.
2003-2015, Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology:
2014- July 2015, Course Leader & Lecturer *UAL L3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
2012- 2014, Course Leader & Lecturer *UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
*University of the Arts London Awarding Body
2003-2012, Course Leader & Lecturer BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design yr1,
2009-2012, Lecturer BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design yr2,
Involved with teaching a range of art and design practice: printmaking, photography, digital video, as well as painting, drawing and computers in art & design: Delivering and embedding contextual influences, professional practice as well as Ideas and concepts with a particular emphasis on inclusion and equality and diversity. Other duties include; assessment and internal moderation, curriculum planning, preparing schemes of work, assignments and enrichment visits to galleries and workshops; co-ordinating and planning exhibitions of student work, including Pop up Art School in the Darwin Centre 2013,14 & 15; as well as residential trips to: Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Paris. Resigned post July 2015 to develop own art practice.
2009-2015, Equality and Diversity Forum, Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology,
2010 – 2012, PGCE Mentor.
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.
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,
BA Hons. 2:1- Textile Design, Bradford University, 1981-85.
2016, The Nature of War……..re:collect & Participate Contemporary Artspace( Feb). St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury July 2016.
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
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
2003 'Fold' collaborative exhibition of screen-printed and photographic work, Picture House, Leicester.
Future Exhibitions :
Dec 2016, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Group show & open studios
Successful Funding Applications:
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.
Being Human, Cultural Identity Project: the Arts Council awarded £7700 in January 2012 for the project involving young people in a contemporary art and heritage context. I developed the project in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall and the new Museum & Art Gallery in Shrewsbury.
Workshops, Talks & Presentations
2016, Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury, Scour Mills , Redditch, Participate Contemporary Artspace, a range of Object analysis and printmaking workshops, (monotype, drypoint etching and colograph).
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,
Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.
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.
Future workshops,talks & presentations:
2016, re:collect, Cabinet of Curiosity Tour: workshop, Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury; Age UK memory project, Shrewsbury, Museums for Health & Wellbeing Conference, Manchester
Voluntary & Community work: Current DRB, from Shropshire Council, June 2015.
2016, Summer, Practitioner plus, sessional paid work for NCS The Challenge, Birmingham.
2015-present: Director of Participate Contemporary Artspace, developing community projects, exhibitions and workshops.
2011- 2013 Sectional Assistant, First Shrewsbury Explorer Group, Supporting Camps, Urban Hikes, Adventure Activities, and a D of E bronze Award, F