I believe that communities become more resilient and caring when people have the confidence, understanding and skills to engage actively with the world around them. In my artist practice, I aim to cultivate curiosity and imagination by raising questions and noticing the particular in places.
My experience in participatory art covers a range of different audiences, participants and settings. I have run educational workshops, organised and led art walks and public events alongside curated exhibitions, delivered artist talks and in 2018 presented a paper at the “Beyond the Pedestrian” conference at University of Liverpool.
I am a member of the Meadow Arts’ network of creative practitioners. In 2018, I ran drawings and sound recording workshops, with film/digital media artist Jill Impey, for children and families in support of the Ice Age Exhibition and work by digital artists SDNA at the Hive in Worcester.
Many projects begin with walking and people enjoy the opportunity to take time observing the world through artistic eyes. I have led public workshops in using found/gathered materials, photography, mapping, drawing, tracings and collage to draw inspiration from surroundings.
In 2018, I was delighted to be appointed by DASH to run arts mentoring workshops with a group of disabled young people (aged 16-25).
For the Heritage Open Day in September 2017, I led a workshop “Your Perfect High Street” encouraging people to consider what activities are important in their town, to create a large photo-collage and a scale model of a high street.