Concepts-My current body of work engages with the notion of lost identities, restlessness, uncertain moments and a sense of place. It relies heavily on the development of the photographic image, and its relationship to drawing, painting and film. Working from a range of found and archived sources, I investigate the point at which, and how, an image becomes more than just a copy, re-contextualizing imagery to create new narratives.
Influences-Contemporary painting, print making, digital media, photography, film.
Career path-Following the completion of BA (Hons) in Fine Art I worked as a community artist and on a range of commissioned works. I then qualified as teacher of art and design (PGCE). Throughout this time I actively contributed to the early development of art and digital media in schools and exhibited in several notable digital projects. I have since completed an MA in fine art, which placed a strong emphasis on philosophical aesthetics and another MA in Art and Design Histories examining the use of the digital in Fine Art/painting. I have worked as visiting lecturer on the BA and MFA courses at Coventry and Brighton Universities respectively and alongside my own work I continue to teach students of all ages and abilities. I am a member of an independent studio group based in Birmingham, a council member for the RBSA, and curator of 'Next Wave', a biannual experimental exhibition for emerging talent. Throughout my career I have been awarded a number of arts grants to develop my own practice and curate exhibitions and undertaken a series of residencies. I exhibit both painting and photography on a regular basis and work has been purchased for private collections and commercial enterprises.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2004 - MA Art and Design Histories, University of Central England, Birmingham 1998 - MA Fine Art, University of Central England, Birmingham 1993 - PGCE Art and Design, University of Central England, Birmingham, West Midlands 1990 - BA(Hons) Fine Art, Stourbridge College/Wolverhampton Polytechnic, West Midlands
Current posts held 2015-Teacher of Art, Shireland Collegiate Academy, post 16 responsibility, Council member RBSA, VL/ Artist in residence, Fine Art Coventry University
VL posts, Coventry University BA Fine Art, Brighton University MAFA
Curator 2017- Connecting Creatively, RBSA, 2016- Next Wave, RBSA
Solo exhibitions 2018, Ornament, Reuben Colley Fine Art, Birmingham, 2017, Restless, Argentea Photography Gallery, Birmingham, Somewhere Never Travelled, Reuben Colley Fine Art, 2014 -Familiar Yet Anonymous, Reuben Colley Fine Art, 2003 - Dedicated Show, Park View Gallery, Birmingham 1992 - Solo show, Goate Gallery, Birmingham 1991 - Printwork and Drawings, Wednesbury Art Gallery, Sandwell
Group exhibitions 2018, Bridge Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Romeo and Juliet; Take 2, Studley Artists Workhouse, 2017, RWA Open, Bristol, Elsewhere touring, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, 2016, Elsewhere, Lewis Gallery, Rugby, Next Wave, RBSA, Birmignham(exhibitor and curator), Bristol/Manchester Art Fair, Battersea Art Fair, London, Hinterland 2, Rugby Art Gallery, Nicklin Revisited, Reuben Colley, Birmingham, 2015- Hinterland, Telsen Centre, Photographic Prize: Urban Life exhibition, RBSA, Coventry Drawing Prize, Rugby School, Reuben Colley Fine Arts, 2014- RWA Open, Bristol, West Midlands Open BM&AG, Next Wave, RBSA, Birmingham (exhibitor and curator), Coventry University and Elliots Drawing Prize, Rugby School and Lanchester Gallery. 2013-14 RWA 161st Open, Bristol 2013 - Coventry Drawing Prize, Rugby School, Rugby 2013 - Tutors Show, RBSA, Birmingham 2012 - 160th Autumn Exhibition, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2012 - Allotment, Midlands Arts Centre, West Midlands 2012 - Public View, The Public, West Bromwich 2012 - Tutors Show, RBSA, Birmingham 2012 - Young Curators, RBSA, Birmingham 2011 - 159th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2011 - AA2A, A Celebration of 10 Years Collaboration, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton 2010 - Open Autumn Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham 2010 - stART, RBSA, Birmingham 2010 - West Midlands Open 2010, Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 2009 - Selected Artists , Park View Gallery, Birmingham 2008 - Candidates Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham 2008 - Open All Media , RBSA, Birmingham 2008 - Prize Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham 2008 - stART, RBSA, Birmingham 2007 - 155 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2007 - untitled, The Haywood Gallery, West Midlands 2005 - Birmingham Artists Open Studios, Lee Bank Business Centre, Birmingham 2004 - Summer Show, Park View gallery, Birmingham 2001 - Green City, Park View Gallery/Stirling Ackroyd, Birmingham 2000 - Digital Expressions, Welsh Touring Exhibition 1999 - Moot, University of Central England, Birmingham 1998 - Anything, Custard Factory, Birmingham 1997 - Open Studios, Old Union Mill, Birmingham 1996 - System Error, School of Art And Design, University of Central England, Birmingham 1995 - 1002 Situations, Castle Tollet, Austria 1995 - Live Wire, Derby Photography Festival, University of Derby and national touring event, Derby 1995 - Mid Art, Himley Hall, Dudley 1994 - 2nd City Art Show, Burlington Arcade, Birmingham 1993 - Mid Art, Dudley Art Gallery 1992 - Coventry Open, Herbert Art Gallery 1992 - Under One Roof, Midlands Art Centre 1992 - We Will Be Seen, Bilston Art Gallery, Wolverhampton 1991 - Freedom in Imagination, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry 1989 - Women's Art Practice, Stourbridge College
Artist talks 2016, Professional Practice, Working Methadology Photography and Film Works, Coventry University, BA/MA Fine Art, 2013, Professional Practice, Coventry University, BA Fine Art, 2012 - Print, A Painters Perspective, University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Selected Workshops 2015- Changing Faces educational program RBSA, Architecture and Drawing, Perry Beeches 2, Grand Designs RBSA, 2014- Drawing in Black and White, RBSA, 2013- Expressive Drawing , Hodge Hill Girls , Birmingham 2012 - Clay Sculpture- intensive artist led workshop, Shireland Collegiate Academy, Smethwick 2012 - Mono printing, collagraph and solvent transfer, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton 2011 - A Portrait A Day, Shireland Collegiate Academy, Sandwell 2011 - Dynamic Drawing, RBSA, Birmingham 2011 - Voice Projection, teaching outside the school environment, RBSA, Birmingham University 2010 - A Response To Sandra Blow, RBSA, Birmingham 2010 - Collage Creations, RBSA, Birmingham 2010 - Life in The Shadow of a Volcano, Compton Verney, Coventry 2010 - RBSA/Arts Council workshops, RBSA, Birmingham 2010 - The Language of Abstraction, RBSA, Birmingham 2010 - Tree of Life, RBSA/ Kings Heath Primary, Birmingham 2009 - Collage, Drawing and Composition, RBSA, Birmingham
Residencies 2015-16, Photography Residency Fine Art Department , Coventry University, 2012-13 - AA2A, Coventry University, Coventry, 2011 - Artist in Residence, University of Wolverhampton , West Midlands 2009 - AA2A, Artists Access to Art Colleges , University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Publications 2011 - Fresh- Summer 2011, 2004 - Virtually Ceramic,Ceramic Review