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My practice is centred on the themes of social history and civilization through the creation or re-interpretation of objects, research and factual evidence. Presenting a new entity of experience based on my findings, I am interested in creating work in collaboration with communities of people.


Recent works have focused on climate change, migration, digital media and the possibilities of future conflict driven by the technological advances of resource management. I am interested in the role of artist as insister or social activist, mobilizing an idea or group of people to present an unheard voice or social injustice.


I am currently exploring the process and production of social sculpture and the creation of site-responsive installations or experiences.

 

Last year I was awarded Arts Council England funding to support the realisation of a major project, In Service, in which I spent time in residence at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. This project aimed to interpret the way we commemorate the First World War and concluded with the production of 226 plates, which were placed into service in the museum cafe. In 2017 I was also selected as artist in residence at Darwen Terracotta for the first National Festival of Making in Blackburn (part of the Art in Manufacturing programme). My work has been selected for the John Moores Painting prize (2012) and more recently longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize (2016).


 

Current Exhibitions:

"Art in Manufacturing Legacy" - Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday 12th May 2018 – Saturday 4th August 2018 - more info


 

Selected Solo exhibitions

 

2018 In Service - Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies - Liverpool Hope University

2017 In Service Salford Museum and Art Gallery

2017 The National Festival of Making - Blackburn Cathedral - 2017
 

2016 Churchgate House  - "New Thoughts" Bolton - 27.08.2016

2015 OPEN HOUSE Federation House 26.3.2015

2014 Federation House - Fire and Forget - 13.03.2014

2011 Manchester MRI "A Letter to Lowry"

2008 Salford Royal Hospital "Its Our Salford"

2008 Stockport Art Gallery M12-11

2005 Farmillio Fiumano, London

 


Funding and Awards


2016/17 Arts Council Grants for the Arts

2014/15 Arts Council Grants for the Arts

Selected  Group Exhibitions

2018 - "At What Cost " Air Gallery - Altrincham,  Manchester

2018 - 4 Walls - AWOL Studios - Manchester

2018 - Living in Hyper Reality - Bath Fringe Festival 

 

2017 - Manifest Calling - HOME - Manchester

2016 - Bankley Open Call - Bankley Studios & Gallery,Manchester
 

2016 -Aesthetica Art Prize  - York St Marys

 

2015 - ONPHOTOcopy - 44AD - Fringe Arts Bath
 

2015 - Art Vend - Oriel Wrecsam - Wrecsam

2015 - Dreaming of New York - Horsefall, Manchester

2015 Broken Grey Wires 'Make Windows Where There Are Walls' - Notting Hill Art Club, London

2013 Landfillart - Pennsylvania, USA

2012 John Moores Painting Prize 2012 Walker Art Gallery Liverpool

2010 The Killing Jar AWOL Studios Manchester

2009 Hope Mill Open Studios - Manchester

2004 Salford Museum and Art Gallery


 

Competitions

2016 Open Call 2016 Bankley Studios and Gallery

2016  Aesthetica Art Art Prize - Longlisted exhibitor 

2012 John Moores Painting Prize 2012

2008 BP Portrait Award - 2nd Stage Entry

2006 John Moores Exhibition Stage 2 Entry 2006

2006 The Sefton Open Atkinson Gallery Southport


 

Residencies

Artist in Residence at Darwen Terracotta for the Festival of Making 2017 as part of the Art in Manufacturing programme. 6th and 7th May Blackburn Cathedral . more details on the Festival of Making website click here
 

Artist in Residence Salford Museum & Art Gallery 2016 - 2017


Artist in Residence LIME art April 2011 - 2014


Art Mentor Pool Arts - 2009 - 2016

 

Commissions

2015 Art Vend
- Oriel Wrecsam
 

2013 Rochdale Infirmary - Lime Arts

2010 Gorton Visual Arts  - Beyer Peacock



Press/Publications
 

AN Newsletter - August 2016 - link

 

Future Now - Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016  ISBN

Art Monthly 386 May 2015 OPEN HOUSE - Eleanor Clayton

Corridor 8 online edition 2014
link

Sunday Telegraph 2013

Chasing your Tale 2012
link

Salford Advertiser 2008

City Life Manchester 2004

 

City Life Manchester 2003

Manchester Evening News 2003