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, 2015-Teacher of Art, Shireland Collegiate Academy, post 16 responsibility, Council member RBSA, VL Fine Art Coventry University
PREVIOUS POSTS, VL Coventry University BA Fine Art, Brighton University MAFA
CURATOR - 2020 Next Wave RBSA, 2019 - Making Together RBSA/SENSE Birmingham, 2018- Next Wave RBSA, 2017- Connecting Creatively, RBSA, 2016- Next Wave, RBSA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS-2019, Verdant, Reuben Colley Fine Art, Birmingham Wanderlust, Argentea Gallery, Birmingham, 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 2019, RBSA Open Drawing, Birmingham, Coventry Drawing Prize, Blue Door Gallery, Coventry, 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
SELECTED 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 2019, Sense, Making Together (award winning project), 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 2018 Artist in residence, Fine Art Coventry University (Film making and Photography), 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 2019- Forward Art Magazine, 2011 - Fresh- Summer 2011, 2004 - Virtually Ceramic,Ceramic Review