Selection of commissions, exhibitions and residencies

2019

Repair & Care, team member developing community engagement, Grand Union, Birmingham

The Growing Space; engaging hostel residents to cultivate food for a communal feast, Grand Union, Birmingham

Create Space, artist-in-residence, Staffordshire libraries, Creative Health CIC

Making Time artist-in-residence, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice (ongoing)

2018

Round the World in 60 clips, podcast for Radio Transmission

Tornado Tracers walk, Ikon gallery and Still Walking festival

Loss and Lucidity, group exhibition, California 

Sampling Sessions, artist-in-residence, Limewood Dementia Care Home, Stafford for Creative Health CIC

Making Time, pilot artist-in-residence, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice

Still Lively, Creative Producer, Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Creative Health CIC

Something Like Home, group exhibition, Kings Street gallery, Lancaster

Fluid Brunch, catering and hostess, Fluid Festival

2017

'The most vivid year of my life', Petra Kucha, Birmingham

Edgebaston Awakes! Arts Co-op via Birmingham Council Local Innovation Fund

Library bus graphics, St Anthony's Primary School, Kingshurst, Birmingham

This Way Up, Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Creative Health CIC

2010

DIY Canteen, Craftspace

An Incidental Estate with Trevor Pitt 

Salon Bench, Roving Devon, commissioned by Pod Projects

2009

Desierto with Cascoland, Tacna Peru http://cascoland.com/#/projects/desierto/

2008

Cascoland d’Urban Experience with Moving Hands Animation, Cascoland, Durban S.Africa   http://cascoland.com/#/projects/cascoland-durban/

2007

Sonic Culture Café, Modulate, Birmingham & Northamptonshire

2004

Art Gateways Kitchen Garden, The Public, West Bromwich and British Waterways

Youth Shelter with Patricia Gomez, MADE and Local Government Office, West Midlands

Inspiring Spaces with Patricia Gomez, Glebefields Primary School, Tipton and Black Country Creative Partnership

Alternative learning environments with Nettie Edwards and Eleanor Hoad, Holly Lodge Secondary School, Smethwick and Black Country Creative Partnerships

Linking Space with Patricia Gomez and Julie Boden, Heathlands School and Birmingham Creative Partnerships

2003

Silver Surfers introducing older people to digital techology, The Public, West Bromwich

Pickling Project with Cath Tarbuck, The Public, West Bromwich

Infographic design with Cath Tarbuck, The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Network and The Public, West Bromwich

Here, There and Everywhere with George Shaw, Ikon gallery and Birmingham Creative Partnership cluster

Greetings (from the over-looked expert)Yemeni Women’s Lunch Club, The Public, West Bromwich

Digital self-portraits, The Writers in Prison Network, HMP Stoke Heath

2002

Digital self-portraits, The Unit for Arts & Offenders, Swinfen Hall Young Offenders Institution

A Sense of Belonging, participatory project and exhibition, Birmingham Rough Sleepers Unit, Snowhill Hostel and St Martin’s in the Bullring 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2018

Writing to Make Change Happen, Arvon Centre, Totleigh Barton, Devon (subsidised Arvon Foundation)

'Making Time' artist-in-residence, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice (Arts Council of England grant)

2004

Dual language cookbook, Yemeni Women’s Lunch Club, West Bromwich (Reading Families Millennium Award)

2002

A Sense of Belonging, participatory project and exhibition, Birmingham Rough Sleepers Unit, Snowhill Hostel and St Martin’s in the Bullring  (West Midlands Arts ‘Creative Ambition’ grant)

EDUCATION & TRAINING

2018

Tree Warden training, Birmingham Tree People

2002

Working with Vulnerable & Volatile groups in Open and Closed Community Settings, The Unit for Arts & Offenders

1990

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic

PUBLICATIONS

Youth Space, MADE and Local Government Office, West Midlands, 2005

If you always do what you've always done, The value of the arts in regeneration practice, MADE, PA-WM & PAF publication, 2002

Dual language cookbook, Millennium Reading Families Fund, The pUBLIC, 2004

Some years ago I was on a retreat in a Buddhist monastery.  As I tried to explain to another novice what I did as an artist he simply said “You’re a vibe engineer.  You work to change yourself and others in the situations and places you find yourselves in.”  Exactly.

My work is about transformation through the process of making; transforming materials as well as our experiences and the places we inhabit.  My studio is a space for reflective thinking and making, my participatory work is about connecting and sharing.  They are fed by and feed into each other with an overlap in co-created work.

The current focus of my work is to improve individual, community and environmental well-being through creative activity and social connection.  Creativity allows us to define our own parameters for success, realising our potential and individual agency.  The quality of conversation whilst making with our hands is different from direct dialogue, becoming more expansive, open to exchange and new ideas.  Making with our hands to make sense of our lives.

 

At different times in my life i’ve also hitch-hiked through Central America, driven the Kalahari Highway, walked to The Lost City, swum with sea lions, hosted night time woodland cafes, supported older people with a range of care needs, taught English, milked goats, slept in the Amazon, danced with fire and swum in phosphorescent seas.