I have worked for over twenty years as an artist, curator, educator and community arts project manager. From 2003-2013 I managed the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester, curating the exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes. I currently work freelance within galleries, community and educational venues across northern England.
I have commissioned and worked on innovative exhibitions and participatory projects with a range of artists, curators and organisations, including the Arts Council Collection, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Chrysalis Arts, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Wigan Youth Zone, Healthy Arts, Leigh Neighbours Project, Angela Kingston, Andrew Bick, Tony Bevan, Norman Dilworth, Leo Fitzmaurice, Zarah Hussain, Philip Davenport, Saba Rifat, Cross Street Arts, OWL Project, Katherine Jones, Danielle Creenaune, David Walker and Willie Williams.
I have worked on projects with established commercial galleries such as Cristea Roberts and Gimpel Fils, as well as public institutions such as Tate Liverpool, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Institute of Education, London, and Liverpool Hope University.
As an artist, I have exhibited widely in galleries in the UK and developed a number of collaborative projects, including Dialogue (London), Hospitals Talking Art (Aberdeen and London), and Enclosure (Banff, Canada). I am currently a studio member of Cross Street Arts in Standish.
Central to my ethos and practice is the enrichment of people’s lives through an encounter with the visual arts – nurturing the conversation between art, artists and audience.
CV & Education
1993-95 M.A. Art & Design in Education, IoE, University of London.
1989-90 Visual Arts Program Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada.
1982-86 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, University of Reading.
CURATING, ARTS DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING
2015 - Freelance Exhibitions curator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop
2017- Lead artist and project co-ordinator for Our Art Neighbourhood II, Leigh Neighbours
Working with Leigh Neighbours Project to develop art in the public realm in partnership with residents, local schools and local artists.
2018 Freelance Curator, Art Unpacked II, Chrysalis Arts
Curating of 'Truth and Fantasy', an exhibition of contemporary drawing touring across North Yorkshire and East Lancashire as part of Art Unpacked II
2017 Co-curator with Paula Fenwick-Lucas of 'Intimate', Isherwood Gallery, Wigan.
An ACE funded project featuring 20 artists from across the North-West and London.
2016 Lead Artist and Project Co-ordinator, Art Zone, Wigan Youth Zone
2016/18 Visiting Lecturer, York St. John University
Presentations on professional practice and developing a ‘portfolio career’
2015 Lead Artist, Lilford Park Centenary, Healthy Arts
Developing a visual arts installation with local schools as part of an HLF funded project celebrating the centenary of Lilford Park, Leigh.
2015 Project Co-ordinator, Mirror Images, Chrysalis Arts
Freelance contract managing a touring exhibition across the north of England and Scotland of print makers from North Yorkshire, Scotland, Finland and Sweden. Part of Connections North initiated by Chrysalis Arts in partnership with Inspired By…Gallery, Highland Print Centre, Ratamo, Finland and Algarden, Sweden.
2014 Project Curator for Our Art Neighbourhood
Responsibilty for devising, fundraising, delivery and evaluation of community art project in partnership with Leigh Neighbours Project
2014 Freelance curator, Art Unpacked, Chrysalis Arts
Curating of 'Unfamiliar Ground', an exhibition of contemporary printmaking touring across NE Lincs, North Yorkshire and East Lancashire as part of Art Unpacked
2003-2013 Turnpike Gallery manager, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust
Responsibility for curating the Exhibitions, Learning and Outreach programmes at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh. I led a small staff team, plus volunteers and freelancers, in running the day to day operations of a public art gallery. Working with local, regional and national artists, organisations and other partners, I managed the curating of exhibitions; planning and delivery of formal and informal learning opportunities for children and adults, schools, colleges and community groups; and developing opportunities for a wide range of people from within the borough of Wigan and beyond to engage with visual arts.
1999-2003 Freelance Artist-Educator, Tate Liverpool
Engaging children and adults with art and artists at Tate Liverpool and at community locations. Devising and delivering formal and informal learning, including in-gallery workshops with schools; InSET for teachers; participatory activities for community groups and members of the public.
1994-2003 Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Education, University of London
Presentations to MA students in the department of Art & Design on learning experiences through collaborations between artists and people, and writing a dissertation.
2020 New Light Art Prize, Scarborough Art Gallery and touring
2019 ‘Under the Weather’, World of Glass, St Helens
2019 Summer exhibition, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2019 ‘The Fire Within’, Wigan
2018 Twice as Nice, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2018 ‘Land Marks’, Open House, Trafford, Manchester.
2018 ‘Manipulate’, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester.
2017 ‘Intimate’, Isherwood Gallery, Old Courts, Wigan.
2017 Cross Street Artists, The Atkinson, Southport.
2017 Summer exhibition at Silson Contemporary, Harrogate.
2016 ‘Symposium’, Art House, Southport.
2016 ‘VS’, New Art Spaces, Bolton.
2015 Warrington Contemporary Open
PUBLICATIONS, ARTICLES, PRESENTATIONS
2018 Selector for North Yorkshire Open Studios.
2018 Selector for Chapel Gallery Open, Ormskirk.
2014 Selector for Connections North print exhibition.
2014 Selector for Chapel Gallery Open, Ormskirk.
2013 Catalogue essay and selector for neo:Graduates 2013.
2011 Catalogue essay for The Fateful 13 by Matt Roby, Chapel Gallery.
2008 Catalogue foreword for Art with Strangers, curated by Angela Kingston.
2006 Catalogue foreword for Tony Bevan Paintings 1987-2005, Turnpike Gallery.
2003 Catalogue essay for A Different Space, Turnpike Gallery.
1999 Presentation on ‘Artists, Audience and Education’ for NSEAD Conference ‘Time for Change’, Homerton College, Cambridge.
1998 ‘Instructions in Love – Artists training to work in education and the community’, Mailout magazine, December issue.
1997 ‘Hospitals Talking Art: recording the visual dialogue’, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
1995 ‘dialogue’, an artist’s book with Leslie Herbert.