About

My art practice is research led and often use objects, materials and process to explore the documentation of the human condition in material culture and place. I use the language and practice of social sciences and museum studies in order to create sculpture, installation and public activity which explore the function of heritage and collection.

I am currently focusing on my role as co-director to Paradise Works, Salford, where I am exploring how artists might retain their presence in a rapidly changing city region. I recently programmed Assembly Salford for a-n, and in 2016 I coordinated and curated the Place + Production programme for Rogue Artists’ Studios which marked the group’s final year at Crusader Mill. In my spare time, I teach teach Critical & Contextual Studies at University of Salford School of Arts & Media.

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Residencies
2017     Quarry Bank Mill, National Trust through Trust New Art + supported by Arts Council England.
2015     Group Occupation N/W, New Art Gallery Walsall with ESP, CG Associates + Spike Island
2015     Mytholmroyd Arts Festival 2015
2014     C-Pages Exchange, with CG Associates & ESP Birmingham at Toast Manchester + Stryx Birmingham
2013     Valle Crucis Abbey, with Cadw + Arts Council of Wales.
2012     Canal & River Trust, Wigan, with East Street Arts + the Contemporary Art Society.
2010     National Glass Centre & Nulife Glass, for Re-make/Re-model.
2010     Aberystwyth Arts Centre with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 

Projects
2018     a-n Assembly Salford
2015     The Grotto Project, Sale Square Shopping Centre + Arts Council England
2014     Useful Work Versus Useless Toil, 42nd Street, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester
2012     Collecting History, Manchester Craft & Design Centre
2011     Craftworks, Library Theatre Company, Manchester
2010     MiNE: Made in the North East, National Glass Centre

Curation

2016      Division of Labour, Rogue Project Space
2016      Excuse Me While I Am Changing, Rogue Project Space
2016      Progress at Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space + The Manchester Contemporary
2016      Great Northern Graduates at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
2015      Launch Pad: For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2014      A6 Dialogue, Bankley Studios & Gallery
2009      48 Weeks Later, Studio Gabi Green, Munich, part of Schmuck 2009

Public collection

2010      Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
2009      Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Selected Exhibition

2017      Politics of Paradise, Paradise Works, Salford
2016      Progress, Rogue Artists’ Studios & Project Space
2015      Launch Pad: For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
2014      A6 Dialogue 1-3, PS Mirabel, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Third Floor Studios
2012      Chronology, The Canal & Rivers Trust, Wigan [solo]
2012      Epidemic, Kokomo University Art Gallery, USA
2011      Portraits in the Making, Pitzhanger Manor House, London
2011      Re-make/Re-model, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2011      Gallery of Wonder, Hancock Great North Museum, Newcastle [solo]
2010      One Place to Call Home, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
2010      5, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2009      Tales of the Electric Forest, Crypt Gallery London

Awards

2018     Castlefield Gallery and a-n Budapest Delegation
2017     a-n Professional Development Bursary
2015     Arts Council England Grants for the Arts & Make Sale Smile for The Grotto Project
2015     Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Launch Pad: For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery
2011     Shortlist – Jerwood Makers Open 2011
2010     Hothouse Maker, Crafts Council Professional Development programme
2010     Best New Maker, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
2007     William Dudley Trust Bursary for Post-Graduate Study

Employment

2014 – present    Lecturer, Critical & Contextual Studies, Salford University School of Arts & Media
2016 – 2017         Marketing & Development Assistant, Manchester Craft & Design Centre
2016                     Programme Co-ordinator, Rogue Project Space, Rogue Artists’ Studios
2013 – 2016         Associate – Hothouse Maker Development programme, Crafts Council UK
2013 – 2015         Gallery Team, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Levenshulme
2011 – 2012         Associate Lecturer, Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art

Education

2008      MA Distinction Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products, BIAD School of Jewellery
2007      BA (Hons) First Three Dimensional Design, Manchester Metropolitan University