Bio

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.

Solo Exhibitions:

June 2017        Shrewsbury Open Studios, my studio

Apr-May
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

 

Group Exhibitions:

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

 

Qualifications

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

Chartered Engineer

Member,  Institution of Civil Engineers

Member, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management