My photographic practice in particular focuses on the familiar. I focus on the representation of local communities, reflecting on society at points of loss and change, through a particularly physical and performative handling of the camera. I often look to work in collaboration with the individuals & communities who make up each specific place, questioning how a co-authored and co-produced approach to practice creates greater narratives and representations of our shared society.
I have always been drawn to the qualities of analog and traditional photographic processes. Both due to the pace of production it allows for, and the layers of process it reveals. The lens itself and its wider chemical material companions act as a mediators to the world around us and it is this relationship to process which I seek to tease out within my practice and the approach to collaboration with others.
My understanding of, and critical thinking about this practice has grown through institutional roles (Communities Curator, FACT, Creative Producer at CFCCA, Manchester, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, and freelance for Open Eye Gallery and the curatorial agency wewioraprojects). I am currently establishing a network of Socially Engaged Photography Practice (SEPP) working with: artists (for example, Anthony Luverra); Universities (headed by new M.A. in SEPP at Coventry) and in discussion with the 8 leading photography organisations in the UK and several international initiatives, including wide-angle in South Africa.
Increasingly I am simultaneously employing both artist and curator expertise, for example in the FACT Veterans film club & digital Over60s projects, delivering critically engaged quality artwork with communities across health, community & heritage settings.
CV & Education
CV & Education
I am a photographic artist and Curator based between North West England and Glasgow and have exhibited at organisations such as QUAD Gallery, Derby, CCA, Glasgow, and Islington Mill, Salford to name but a few. I have delivered a host of successful grants for the arts supported artist residencies across community and studio based settings across the UK.
I am currently the Creative Producer at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Managing the regional strategic touring programme, Culture Shifts and forthcoming Heritage Lottery Funded young people’s programme, Our North. I am also one half of curatorial and producer agency, Wewioraprojects.
I am a Board member for Redeye Photography Network, Manchester, supporting programming, fundraising and collaborative practices in the field.
I am a contributor to the international photography as social practice platform, asocialpractice.com.
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