2012- present: Artist in film, photography, installation and participatory practice.
2015-present: Co-Director of Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC
2014- present member of re:collect, contemporary artists group working in a heritage context.
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
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,
Taught: 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. Other duties; 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; 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.
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.
October 2017-November 2018 The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, Tour of Middlands 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.
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, Being Human, Cultural Identity Project: the Arts Council 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).
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 & Participate Contemporary Artspace( Feb). St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury July2016.
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.
2017-18 The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings tour, Library of Birmingham , HMP Leicester, Attingham Park Shrewsbury, London Venue TBC.
2018, An Undertaking…..re:collect collaboration, St. Chads Church, Shrewsbury.
2018 The First Casualty of War, Tile museum, Ironbridge.
Workshops, Talks & Presentations
2017, The Beat of The Butterflies’ Wings, Tour workshop Participate Contemporary Artspace
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 remeniscence 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,
Shrewsbury College .
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.
Voluntary, Community & Wellbeing: Current DRB, from Shropshire Council, June 2015.
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, developing community projects, exhibitions and workshops.
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.