My work is very much about people. How people relate to each another and how they relate to space and objects around them. Over the past 9 years the focus of my work has been on developing live art and performance events in which the audience nearly always have an active participatory role to play. Working with the public is a continuous source of inspiration and much of my time is spent working on projects in collaboration with Galleries, Museums, Schools, Health and Community organisations. I totally love the encounters, the ups, the downs and the journeys this work takes me on.
I have just completed a commission to curate a celebration event to launch the raising of a Totem Pole that tells the story of the village I grew up in (Brereton, Cheshire): Commissioned by Brereton Parish Community Interest Group (Funded in partnership with Cheshire East Council). It was my role to create a visual spectacle with lots of participatory opportunities for visitors on the day. This included a procession of large scale carving tools (made during family workshops during the summer months). 'Muzzle a Grizzle' an encounter with a bear, where visitors tried their hand at catching a bear in a pit... and 'Totem Cakes; an edible exhibition' with cakes made by local people. This part of the event was kindly hosted by a small group of ladies from the local WI.
Other recent participatory projects include a commission to produce family friendly interactive activities for an alternative victorian fun fair at The Turnpike Gallery in Leigh; This featured a game of grotesque gnome hoopla and a stall where flicking flies into frogs mouths with fly swats on a spinning table wins you a frog prince crown. This year I took part Cheshire Open Studios (for the first time) in collaboration with my fiance (artist Will Pollard). We opened our home here in Northwich and welcomed 40 guests over the weekend, on display were recent prints and drawings, props, costumes and perofmance stills.
The cathartic release of closely engaging with nature after intensley engaging with people is another area of exploration in my work. It is my aim to further develop a series of live art encounters that touch on the fragile balance between people and nature. I am currently developing a R&D funding bid following making an exciting and successful new piece of work called 'Sweeten My Life' comissioned by AXIS Arts Centre, MMU Cheshire for Nantwich Festival of the Arts. I am interested in developing ideas for conservation linked encounters one part of this will involve a project with a bat who insitigates discussion about phobias.
I have made work for galleries and alternative spaces across the Northwest; Events have included a cock fight in a Liverpool mechanics pit (Cock Pit, 2002), a nature watch gathering in a rural garden (The Observatory 2007), a walk in the fog with a trombone up a Welsh mountain (Y Gamriw Bog or the Lurs, 2005) and an exploration of pest control at Cow Lane Studios (Vermin: a pest control training centre, 2007). 2011 has been another year of pest control encounters with red mites on the hens, ticks on the dog, slugs in the bathroom and black fly on my courgettes.
One of my favourite projects was 'Grains of Paradise' a commission by the Bluecoat, Liverpool to create a site-specific live art event exploring people's relationship with plants and 'Hooked' a collaboration with artist Will Pollard (my partner) as part of Hazard a live art and performance festival in Manchester city centre. Since Hazard Will and I have worked together on further projects. In early 2009 we were invited to work with Lanternhouse International in Ulverston Cumbria. We were commissioned to research and develop a participatory project for summer 2009 involving young people from East Ulverston. This led to two new performance events: 'Mud, mud...' and 'The Hatchery'. In 2005 I set up Live Art WOC; an evolving programme of live art and performance originally based at Cow Lane Studios in Salford. To find out more see my personal website link below.
In the next 6 months I hope to develop a series of one off live art events in Northwich.
I am currently taking a break from work to raise my family. My son was born summer 2012 and baby number two is on the way summer 2014! I am still keeping things going with my work so please do drop me a line.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2000 - BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
2007 - Wrexham Print International 2007, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wales
2006 - Contemporary Art Exhibition, The Kitchen Gallery, Norton Priory, Widnes
2006 - Mishaps & Encounters, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
2005 - Limelight - Profiling work commissioned by Lime (arts & health), Cube Gallery, Manchester
2011 - Sweeten My Life, Nantwich Festival of The Arts, The Methodist Church, Nantwich
2010 - Giddy-Up, Lanternhouse, Ulverston, Cumbria
2009 - Le' Ham, Heron Corn Mill, Beetham, Cumbria
2009 - Mud, mud..., Lamternhouse International, Ulverston, Cumbria
2009 - The Hatchery, Lanternhouse International, Ulverston, Cumbria
2009 - The Lion, The Cheese and The Wardrobe, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2008 - A Taste of Soul Cake, Emergency, Greenroom, Manchester
2008 - Grains of Paradise, the Bluecoat, Liverpool
2008 - Hooked, Hazard site specific performance festival, HAB & Greenroom, Manchester
2008 - Slug Infestation, N.E.M (New East Manchester Regeneration Team), Manchester
2007 - An Obedience Class, Birmingham International Festival of Live & Time based Art, Digbeth
2007 - An Obedience Class, Live Art WOC at Emergency, Greenroom, Manchester
2007 - Not Expert, Live Art WOC, Cow Lane Studios, Salford, Manchester
2007 - The Long Table, Live Art WOC, Cow Lane Studio's, Salford
2007 - The Observatory, Live Art WOC, A rural garden in Cheshire
2007 - Vermin; a pest control training centre, Live Art WOC, Cow Lane Studios, Salford
2006 - Congestion , Live Art WOC, Cow Lane Studios, Salford
2003 - A Romantic Meal for Two - A Live Art Installation, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2003 - Handle with Care - A Live Art Installation, Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton
2003 - The Stock Judging Event, Grizedale Arts, Cumbria
2002 - The Cock Pit, Jump Ship Rat, Liverpool
2001 - More than One, Object 57 Gallery, Manchester
2010 - Songlines, Royal Exchange Theatre & Manchester Camerata, Manchester
2010 - The Blueroom - Liverpool Bienalle Project, the Bluecoat, Liverpool
2010 - The Magic Motion, Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital
2009 - Animal Encounters, Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital
2009 - East Ulverston Summer Project, Lanternhouse International, Cumbria
2002 - Research and Development Grant and Residency, Grizedale Arts, Cumbria
2000 - North West Arts Board - Setting Up Scheme, Drumcroon Gallery & Education Centre, Wigan
2006 - Tower Block Tour, The Institute of Urban Dreaming, Manchester