I am a visual artist based in Shrewsbury. My artist practice includes painting, collage, photography, books, walking and digital media.
I formed the Here Here! collective with artist Emily Wilkinson, to use artistic vision to challenge or raise questions and help put creativity at the heart of social and environmental actions. We believe that collaboration brings us all together and makes for a more resilient community.
Our aims are to:
- Use art to experience the places/communities we live in through fresh eyes and through the eyes of those we collaborate with
- Transform how we think about and respond to a place and our everyday environment
- Use walking to engage with and draw inspiration from surroundings
- Make work for sharing and exhibition
- Promote wellbeing through being more consciously in the present, noticing the particular and multiple meanings of places
- Listen, and give a voice to marginalised groups and share their views
- Share work that can inform the direction and work of decision makers in the built environment and in delivering public services
My work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions, and I have created commissioned work and curated exhibitions. I have a BA(Hons) degree in Creative Arts with the Open College of Arts, accredited by University for the Creative Arts.
I am interested in how people interact with places. This is informed by over 30 years experience as a chartered civil engineer in environmental consulting.
Commissions and social documentary
In 2014, I completed a 15 month commission called Land in Hand, with photographer Mairi Turner, to document the development of new community allotments within a fascinating landscape near Shrewsbury. We published a book of the project which was funded by Shropshire Council and facilitated by Transition Town Shropshire and Visual Art Network.
Workshops and public events
I have experience in leading public workshops in using walking and collage as inspiration for creating art works. I have also delivered artist talks and organised public events alongside curated exhibitions.
I worked with a group of five other artists on environmental art projects for around three years promoting the development of a visual art gallery (The Cloud Gallery) using eco-design and sustainable construction. The Cloud Gallery artist collective gained local authority support, which led to a number of events and activities. These included a successful eco-architecture weekend event (September 2007) with construction of simple sculptural spiral using straw bale techniques and Cloud Space featured in the Greenhouse Shropshire exhibition in February 2008.
Gallery and project management
As long term trustee of the Visual Art Network (VAN), I helped facilitate and implement a number of arts projects. I was a key member of the VAN Gallery project to develop a contemporary art gallery and retail venue, from which VAN commissioned new work and workshops by artists.
In 2017, I co-curated an exhibition “Collage Now“, featuring 11 contemporary collagists at the VAN Street Gallery in Shrewsbury.
In 2015, I curated the “A Voyage of Enterprise” exhibition to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Market Hall, Shrewsbury on behalf of Shropshire Council. The exhibition featured art (including commissioned work), architecture, history and narratives of people associated with the market past and present.
From my career as a chartered engineer in environmental consultancy, I have significant experience in managing and directing multi-disciplinary teams in challenging projects.
June 2017 Shrewsbury Open Studios, my studio
2017 In Parallel and Entwined, The Hive, Shrewsbury, including Space Explorers! walking event
Jan 2017 In Good Hands Café, Shrewsbury
Mar 2016 In Parallel, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury
Feb 2014 Land in Hand, joint commission with Mairi Turner to document the development of Coton Hill allotments, published book and exhibition at Visual Art Network Market Hall Gallery, Shrewsbury
July 2011 Shrewsbury Open Studios, my studio
July 2010 Shrewsbury Open Studios, my studio
Jan 2010 Imperfectly Natural, Gallery3, Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury
Feb 2007 C45P3R.com, No.35 Penson Chambers, Oswestry
Nov 2006 Phantom Cities, Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury; joint exhibition with Colin Blundell
July 2006 This is Art Festival, Shrewsbury
Nov 2005 C45P3R.com, Frank café bar, Shrewsbury
July 2005 This is Art Festival, Shrewsbury
June 2005 Stone Works, Shrewsbury Music Hall Photographic Gallery
Nov 2017 Shropshire Open 2017, Gateway Gallery3, Shrewsbury
Aug 2017 Eden, Participate Contemporary Artspace, Shrewsbury
June 2017 Collage Now, VAN Street Gallery, Shrewsbury (co-curated with Peter Williams)
Oct 2016 Qube Open, Oswestry
Sep 2016 Loitering with Intent, People’s History Museum, Manchester, featured a special edition of Stepz magazine “Between the Rollerama and the Junk Yard” including my article “A View on the Street”.
Sep 2015 Voyage of Enterprise, curator, Market Hall, Shrewsbury
Sep 2015 “Quotidian” part of A Voyage of Enterprise exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Market Hall, Shrewsbury
Sep 2012 Much Wenlock Open, The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
Jun 2011 Visual Art Network Market Hall Gallery, Shrewsbury
Nov 2010 Much Wenlock Open, The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock
Apr 2010 Worcester Open, Pitt Gallery
Dec 2008 Postcards – an exhibition of affordable art, Gallery 3, Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury
Aug 2008 The Shropshire Open Exhibition, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
May 2008 The Telford & Wrekin Open, Oakengates Theatre
Feb 2008 Cloud Space and Art Walk, with Cloud Gallery Artists Collective, Shrewsbury Music Hall, part of Greenhouse Shropshire exhibition
Jan 2007 Abandoned Chairs, Group Exhibition, Norwich Arts Centre
Aug 2004 Dedicated to Art, Eighth Art Exhibition, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire
BA (Hons) Creative Art, Open College of Art accredited by University for the Creative Arts
MA Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Diploma in Water & Environmental Management, De Montfort University
Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
Member, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management