'Everyday' is inherent within the art practice. Habitual routines are revealed by focusing on idiosyncrasies; gathering and collecting, rhythms and repetitions. 'The significance of the insignificant' is publicised whilst highlighting what is already there. A raw humanness is exposed as the audience becomes the voyeur.
Time is intrinsic. Monotony exposes slow progress through seemingly mundane tasks. The past is explored by the artist gathering and merging with mnemonic objects.
The objects gathered are a portal to the past. The memories are divided into three areas: experiential, learned and implied. Experiential memory being a first hand nostalgic account. Learned memory is the recollection of an individual relayed to another. Implied memory being the unknown narrative of the past. Value is placed on all.
As with the objects, places trigger reminiscence. The artist documents the inhabiting of a space. The history becomes transparent. The encounter creates experiential memories for the artist and viewer.
Life is a flux. The artwork fluctuates. There is no conclusion. Only meditation, reflection, and collation. Ruminations relevant to contemporary quotidian evolve into tomorrow's mnemonic. This is embraced as it becomes the impetus of prospective work.
CV & Education
2010 – 2013 University of Salford, MA in Contemporary Fine Art: Distinction.
2005 – 2006 Manchester Metropolitan University, PGCE Secondary Education, Art and Design.
1997 – 2000 Liverpool John Moores University, B.A. (Hon) Fashion/Textiles.
1995 – 1997 Stockport College of F&H.E., GNVQ Advanced Art & Design.
July 2013 Host “The living room project”, Chinese arts centre, Manchester.
July 2013 “The verb Project”, 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester
April 2013 “The verb project”, 2022NQ, Manchester
Jan/feb 2013 “The Verb Project”, Blankspace, Manchester.
Dec 2012 Live at “White”, UR, Islington Mill, Salford.
May 2012 Live at “Human Seeking”, Kro Bar, Manchester
May 2012 Live, Project Space 5, Salford.
April 2012 Live, Project Space 6, Salford
April 2012 “Reverb”, Bankley Studio Gallery, Manchester
March 2012 Live at Sacred Trinity, Salford, UK. Streamed to Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Feb 2012 Live, John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK.
Sept 2010 “Review”, Rogue Studios, Manchester
March 2009 “(Sub)missive” at Leeds artist book fair.
Sept 2008 “Pop up around the world” Lowry, Salford Quays
June 2013 “Neo:artprize”, Manchester - Shortlisted
March 2010 “Valcellina International Contemporary Fiber Art Award” Italy - Shortlisted
Feb 2013 – Present Day Arts Editor, Ten Quarterly, Arts Magazine
Sept 2011 – July 2012 Undergraduate Mentor, University of Salford
July 2007 – April 2012 Venture Arts, Manchester. Teaching Art to adults and children with learning difficulties.
Mar 2010 – May 2010 Creative Partnerships, Greater Manchester. Creative practitioner working with Primary Schools.
Oct 2009 – May 2010 AA2A artist, University of Salford. Artist in residence
Mar 2009 – Dec 2009 Artist, Zion Centre, Art workshops in primary schools.
Oct 2008 – March 2009 Project Coordinator & Artist, Offerton Precinct Project.
Jan 2008 – Mar 2008 Artist, Stockport Learning Disability Resource Centre.
Sept 2008 – Sept 2009 Artist, The Lowry Arts centre. Children and family friendly drop in art workshops.
May 2008 – Jan 2009 Community Coordinator, Big Knit project.
Aug 2008 – Aug 2010 Artist, Wythenshawe Regeneration. Facilitating workshops
Feb 2007 – March 2007 Project Co-ordinator & Artist, Brindale House Art Project, Stockport
Feb 2007 Artist, Manchester Book Award. Illustration workshops in libraries, to promote books to young people.
Sept 2007 – Feb 2008 Project Co-ordinator & Artist, Odyssey community project, Stockport Gallery.
August 2007 Artist, Action Factory, Blackburn
June – July 2007 Artist, “Garden of Shared Difference” Festival, Oldham
May 2006 Visiting Artist, Laar & Berg High School, Amsterdam
May 2006 Visiting Artist, Academie voor Beeldende, Amsterdam. Lecture and Two Day workshop with undergraduate students