I am a situation-specific artist, creating social sculpture and political interventions. My work is often dialogue-based and temporal. My practice invites people to articulate the spaces in between; to disclose new sites, histories and languages. I am interested in empowering individuals to creatively and critically intervene with their world.


As part of my practice, I deliver and consult on creative practice for social change. My specialist interest is the use of a critical, contemporary art model for 'socially-excluded' groups such as recovering addicts, ex-offenders and the homeless.

 

Education

2014+       PhD Candidate, ICCE Institute for Creative and Cultural Enterprise, Goldsmiths 

2010-2011 PGCert Innovation in Practice (Distinction) Goldsmiths, University of London

2004-2008 BA (Hons) Fine Art (2:1) Goldsmiths, University of London

2002-2004 ND BTEC Design Crafts (Triple Distinction) Wiltshire College Trowbridge, Wiltshire

1996-2002 St. Augustine's Catholic College 10 GCSES, grades A or A*


Residencies

2013 to 2014 Longbridge Public Art Project Long-term residency on the previous site of a large-scale car factory near Birmingham. 

2012+ One Thousand Homes Long-term residency on a housing estate in Bolton. For Bolton at Home

2013 Dines Green Housing Estate, Worcester For EC-Arts 

2010 Stories from Hounslow Resident artist on a twelve-week programme for low literacy and at risk young people with severely traumatic life experiences. For PATH (Programme for Arts, Therapy and Health)

2010 Figure Ground Mini-Residency on the LV22 lightship in Kent

2009 The Funeral of The Site Three month residency based in an abandoned plot in Digbeth, the industrial heart of Birmingham


Situation-Specific Commissions

2013 The Salon Student, local and regional artists to develop situation-specific artworks in response to an abandoned hair salon in Leicester city centre. For EC-Arts

2011 Reclaiming Politics: Conversations Around Protest A series of conversations with people around Liverpool City Centre, exploring notions of politics. For Giving in to Gift at The Bluecoat

2011 Nuclear is the New Neon Public banner-making event addressing the politics of nuclear armament. For The Real Trident Replacement Programme [Grunts for Arts] as Part of Art Against Cuts

2010 Nuclear Poetics Series of situation-specific responses to the relationship between the nuclear industry and the people of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. For Art Gene

2009 Come Across Stitch A series of large-scale craft-based interventions around Clapham, as part of London Design Festival

2009 SHOWFLAT: THE ANNUALE Site specific art by artists that work from home, held in a four storey house in Mile End, London


Initiatives

2012+ Critical Spaces A national initiative supporting socially-engaged artists. In partnership with 'ixia public art think tank'.

2012+ Madlove A project inviting people with experience of mental health to re-design the 'asylum' as a safe space to go mad. A collaboration with artist-activist, 'the vacuum cleaner.'  

2013 Critical Thinking for Artists Working in Prisons Developing a Critical Thinking Module for the first accredited 'Art in Prisons' training course. An EU project entitled CRED/Ability, by Seeds for Growth in partnership with The London College of Teachers, with Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation funding.

2008ART vs REHAB Critical vehicle for the relationship between art and rehabilitation. Supported by Arts Council England, ICCE, TCCE and C4CC

2009 Probably Liverpool's Best Apartment Location Artist-led project resulting in a group show of 'uncommissioned' public art [street art] on a derelict site in Liverpool City Centre

2008 Art in the Car Park Artist-led group show in response to an abandoned car sales office and repairs shop, resulting in a body of new sculpture that weaved into the social, economic, political, historical and geographical situation of the site and the city at large


Writing

2012 ART vs WELLBEING: The paradox of the arts-for-wellbeing advocate For Arts Professional

2011 Innovating Art Outreach Essay exploring how the current art outreach model can been seen to ultimately restrict social inclusion, and how a re-coordination of practices can enhance the achievement of both art and outreach aims

2009 Outside the White Cube: Applied Minimalism For .Cent Magazine

2008 Lost in Translation: Percent for Art Dissertation exploring the relationship between public funding and artistic autonomy, tracing the influence of the Artist Placement Group on Percent for Art schemes

2007 The Scales of Socially-Engaged Practice: Towards a Shared Language Dissertation outlining the need to develop a shared language for socially engaged practice across the fields of art, architecture, design and activism


Artist Talks

2012+ Innovating Art Outreach For Arts-Health-Entrepreneurship, an international conference at University of Helsinki. Also presented at Vilnius University of Educational Sciences, as part of the CRED/Ability 2nd transnational meeting, 2013

2012+ Walking & Art For the Still Walking festival, Birmingham. Also presented at Housmans Radical Bookshop in London, 2013

2011+  Play as Protest in Modern Art: The Radical Tactics of Dada, Situationist and Fluxus Movements For the Play's the Thing Conference, Toynbee Hall, London. Also presented at Housmans Radical Bookshop in London, 2012

2010 Nuclear Poetics Presenting my work around the Nuclear Industry. For NCVO, London

2010 Making Work in a Disparate Arts Infrastructure For Alias, Somerset

2009 A Certain Kind of Death: Rebirth in Digbeth In conversation with Alberto Duman, exploring notions of ritual and memorial in the context of urban regeneration at Eastside Projects, Birmingham

2009 Street Craft At the Papered Parlour, London

2009 A Site of No Special Interest Solihull College, Birmingham


Selected Press

2011 Resonance fm Artist interview on the Left Bank Show by Leah Borromeo 

2009 Urban Design Article about The Funeral of The Site written by Joe Holyoak

2009 The Times on Saturday Skip doily used as promotional image for London Design Festival

2008 Regeneration and Renewal Magazine Interview about the use of alternative space in art

2008 BBC Radio Merseyside Interview by Linda McDermott about Art in the Car Park

2008 Arts Council Main Website Doilies used as the main promotional image for Goldsmiths Degree Show

2007 Guardian Magazine Artist interview for Are You Happy? column by Craig Taylor

2006 ITV London Tonight Main feature about Chat on the Tube with phone-in

 

Professional Development

2011 to 2013 ICCE, Goldsmiths Incubation of ART vs REHAB at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Enterprise

2012 Addiction and Performance: The New Normal? Conference at Kingston University

2012 Carer's Congress Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care event. Serpentine and the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths

2011 Play's the Thing: Creative Approaches to Wellbeing Conference by Escape Artists

2011 Select Edit: Private Public Walsall Gallery

2011 ArtsAdmin Imagine 2020: Artists and scientists committed to four days of collaborative working at Domain D'O in France, exploring potential new relationships between the two disciplines

2011 Social Inclusion and the Economic Imperative Conference by Goldsmiths Open Book Project

2011 Prison Training Diversity training, hostage incidents, security and intelligence, bullying and fire safety. At Littlehey Category C Prison

2010 CIDA (Cultural Industries Development Agency) Training Programme Marketing, Fundraising, Sponsorship and Public Events Licensing for the Cultural Industries

2010 Seeds to Grow a Human Institution: Keeping People at the Core of Your Organisation C4CC

2010 Trauma Training Learning how to work with people who have experienced trauma

2009 IGLAB Workshop engaging artists in digital and pervasive technologies to generate new ideas for IGFest, Bristol's annual street games festival

2009 Public Art Needs Time Limits Ixia conference at Situations, Bristol

2009 Tomo and Even Apprenticeship with two renowned Liverpool-based street artists

2007 Public Art and the Planning Process Ixia Seminar, Birmingham

2005 Art and Social Intervention: The Incidental Person Symposia Tate Britain

2005 Joseph Beuys, Teacher Study Day at Tate Modern

2004 Traditional Textile Crafts Training in the Crafts and Traditions of European Countries (TICATEC), 5- week textile programme in Slovakia

Other Public Liability Insurance, recent Enhanced CRB Check and Basic First Aid Training