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 playfully appropriate the language and practice of social sciences and museum studies in order to create sculpture, installation and public activity which explore the function of collection and heritage.

I work from, and co-direct Paradise Works, Salford, and teach Critical & Contextual Studies at Salford University School of Arts & Media. In 2016 I coordinated and curated the Place + Production programme for Rogue Artists’ Studios which marked the group’s final year at Crusader Mill.

I am currently artist in residence at Quarry Bank Mill and have been commissioned by Trust New Art to produce new site-responsive work for the gardens launching September 2017. I have recently been awarded a Professional Development Bursary by a-n to complete a period of research and development to further my knowledge of open access and large scale art production facilities.

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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

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

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

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