|I am a photographic artist and a crucial element of my practice involves collaboration with others. I have extensive experience of working with people of all ages in diverse settings. The work I have produced and exhibited has grown from these collaborations, exploring both challenging issues and a sense of community. I always try and find engaging, innovative and relevant ways to present the work to an audience e.g. via empty shops, libraries, hospitals and galleries, through postal exchanges and on street lampposts. |
|I have extensive experience of working as an artist, facilitator and evaluator in both educational settings and in the community with a wide variety of groups. I have developed long term residencies; initiated, coordinated and supported projects; mentored and facilitated both young people and adults; had responsibility for managing budgets and employing staff. The current focus within my work is facilitating, supporting and empowering 16 – 25 year olds.|
|As part of my own professional development I received mentoring from Professor Helen Storey between 2007 - 09, with a focus on developing a more considered, professional and sustainable approach to my own practice and my work with others. I have also received valuable support in the past through the Arts & Business South West Skills Bank initiative and benefited from the Artsmatrix DNA programme.|
||Leading on the young people's programme, Arnolfini, Bristol. Supporting young people to programme events, run workshops, alternative gallery tours and building links across the city.|
||Project Coordinator, Champloo Roots. Recruiting, overseeing and supporting an intensive 3 week dance programme for NEET young people aged 16 – 24 led by Joel Daniels, Champloo Dance Co.|
||Evaluator for Seeds of Change: Growing a Living History of Bristol. Coolaboration between the Centre for Public Engagement, Bristol University, Botanical Gardens and Arnolfini.|
||Artist in residence, Easton Primary School. Commission from Community Resolve to use photography to challenge conflict within the community.|
|2012-13||Photography, documentation and engagement for Hengrove Public Arts Project. Working with Hengrove residents and young people to facilitate engagement around the arts programme.|
|2011-13||Creative Evaluator for Misfits Theatre Company, an organisation for adults with learning disabilities.|
||Young Creators Project Co-ordinator, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. TheYoung Creators are a group of 16 – 25 year olds interpreting gallery exhibitions for a youth audience.|
||Photography commission for Playing Out and Play England to produce a body of work advocating street play.|
||Truth About Youth Project Co-ordinator, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol. Setting up and delivering a 3 week intensive photography and community engagement programme for NEET young people in partnership with The Prince's Trust.|
||Artist in Residence, Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol. Long-term residency working to support pupil voice across the school using documentation techniques.|
||Photographer on the PEAR research project (Physical Environment and Activity Relationships) for Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Bristol.|
||Through the Lens photography workshop for families at MShed, supporting Martin Parr's show.|
||Photographer & Documentor, Arnolfini, Bristol. Working on Museo Aero Solar project.
Bounce, Skate, Play. Lead artist and photographer for film commissioned by Playing Out (www.playingout.net) focusing on young people’s concept of play. (http://vimeo.com/30486478)
||Residency at Bridge Learning Campus, Bristol, as photographer and facilitator. Working with Yr. 4, 5 and 6 students around self-esteem and independence with a focus on PSHE. |
Fernhill Farm: Photographer/evaluator for Imayla (www.imayla.com). Project taking young refugees and asylum seekers into the countryside. (http://vimeo.com/channels/imaylamedia#30915106)
||Media Hothouse Coordinator, Knowle West Media Centre. Managing a programme of work for 16 – 25 year olds supporting them to gain access to and experience with the creative and media industries. |
|2010||Photographer and lecturer, Hardenhuish Secondary School, Chippenham. Inspiring GCSE students to enroll for the school’s new A Level Photography course.|
|2009||ArtsMatrix Creative Agent Scheme. Mentoring artist James Lake as part of a programme supporting BME artists and artists with disabilities.|
|2008/9||Lead artist/advisor for START, Arnolfini. A programme of work looking at ways in which documentation can enrich educational visits to Arnolfini’s exhibitions and live events.|
|2008||Photographic evaluator for Wonderland, a collaboration between artist Professor Helen Storey and scientist Professor Tony Ryan to create real solutions for a more sustainable world. London, Sheffield and Belfast.|
||290.25m3 - A Pop-up Exhibition @ Spike Island
10 day group exhibition in Spike Island's Gallery 3 showing work from 10 Top Floor artists.
||Museum of Artists, Spike Island Open Studios, Bristol
Photographic work in progress creating an intricate portrait of Top Floor studios at Spike Island.
||Heavy Words stories from the cervix: a visual exploration of cervical cancer in collaboration with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Centrespace, Bristol 2010. Brewhouse, Taunton 2011.
Museo Aero Solar. Photographic documentation of a week long event involving the creation of a giant air balloon made ffrom recycled plastic bags. Arnolfini Reading Room, Bristol.
Body Culture. Large scale photographic piece in a group show group show based on academic research of body surveillance in schools. Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institute, Bath.
What have you left unfinished? Spike Island Open Studios weekend, Bristol
|2006||Bristol Creative Lab: a selection of my work exhibited within Bristol’s Hospital Education Service. Commissioned and supported by Creative Partnerships.|
|2005||Hidden Images: The Secret World of Genetic Disorders. Touring exhibition created through a creative collaboration with poet Alyson Hallett. Taunton Central Library, Dorset County Hospital.|
|2004||A to Z of Motherhood: personal image/text project sited around streets in Southville, Bristol as part of the Southville Arts & Performance Trail.|
|1998||Immaculate Conception: Konicus Gallery, Bristol. Installation exploring 40 weeks of pregnancy.|
|1997/8||KEEP OUT OF REACH: Prema Arts Centre, Dursley. Picton Street, Bristol. Tannery, London. Installation exploring individuals' experience of mental anguish.|
|2007/8||StyaB creative mentoring programme. Set up and running of a pilot supporting a small group of young people across Bristol in their creative practice. |
|2003/2007||CP Advisor for Bristol Creative Partnerships. Particular emphasis on exploring the potential for documentation across the curriculum, and working outside mainstream education structures.|
|2006||Bristol Creative Lab: using my creative practice as a starting point to encourage the creative process for children and young people whose medical needs prevent them from attending mainstream school. Commissioned and supported by Creative Partnerships Bristol.|
|1999/2003||Babel Project Co-ordinator: Bath Festivals Trust: visual arts & literature project for 13 - 25 year olds working in schools and community. Commissioning artists & programming events at the Literature Festival. |
|2002/3||Consultancy work for Art for Life: Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust. Short term contract researching the feasibility of using the Arts to demystify genetic disorders. |
|2002/3||Artist's commission for 5x5x5=Creativity in the Early Years. Collaboration with artist Luci Gorell Barnes exploring creativity in an Early Years setting in Bath & North East Somerset.|
|1998/9||Out & About Multimedia Workshops: Out & About Mental Health Project, Bristol. Weekly workshops offering young people the opportunity to explore digital imaging with the aim of skill and confidence building, and re-integration into the community. |
|1997/8||Photography workshops with rethink (formally NSF) users, including setting up an independent group of photographers who exhibited and sold their work. |
|1997/8||Creative Approaches to Language Learning: South Gloucestershire Council. Long-term project developing a wider and more sensitive definition of 'literacy' through the use of innovative and creative approaches with young people in South Gloucestershire, Romania & Italy. |
|1995||Picture My World: Photography in Primary Education: Trentham Publishing.|
Arts Council commission to research, write and collate a book for teachers.
|1995||Creating Positive Images: working with primary school girls.|
Illustrated essay featured in 'What Can A Woman Do With A Camera: photography for women' edited by Jo Spence and Joan Solomon.
|1995||Framing the Child - Children Representing Themselves: Trentham Publishing.|
Primary teachers' study pack produced with Watershed Media Centre, Bristol.