Profile

  • Professional artist currently using animation, video and porcelain to explore the hidden and revealed histories and stories related to old textiles and photographs placed in the context of our lives in the present.
  • Well organised project leader of commissions, residencies, exhibitions, arts management and education. Balancing advanced creative skills with attentiveness to administrative detail.
  • Offers considerable experience and enthusiasm in innovative arts education and participatory arts practice.

Education and Training

MA Textiles
2005 - 2006
Goldsmiths University of London

BTEC Professional Diploma in Arts Practice and Management
2002
City of Bath College

First Class BA (Hons) degree in Multi Media Textiles
1998 - 2000
Loughborough University School of Art and Design

HND in Textiles and Surface Pattern Design (2 Distinctions, 2 Merits)
1996-1998
University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Advanced GNVQ in Art and Design, (Distinction)
1994-1996
North Devon College, Barnstaple

9 GCSE's (2-A's and 7-B's)
1989-1994
The Park School, North Devon.

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Selected Exhibitions, Commissions and Residencies

Lost and Found, Nottingham Castle
April–June 2011

Hacking Antiques, Solo show at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art.
March-April 2011

Crafty Animators, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton.
Jan-March 2011

Artist in residence, View Point Gallery, Plymouth College of Art
Sept 2009-Feb 2011

Artist in Residence, Bath Spa University
Nov 2009-Oct 2010

Making and Unmaking, Repair and Repetition, curated by Helen Carnac
May 2010-current
On line exhibition

Taking Time, Craft and the Slow Revolution, Curated by Craftspace and Helen Carnac, Touring UK.
Oct 2009-July 2011

Origin Intervention, Crafts Council, Somerset House, London
Oct 2008

Traces, Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset
June – July 2008

Keys Commissions, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol.
Oct 2007-April 2008

Unpicked and dismantled, The Kaunas Art Biennale – Textile07, Lithuanina
Nov 2007–Mar 2008

Lost, Found and Imagined, Forest Hill, London
March 2007

Partial View, Widcombe Studios Gallery, Bath
Oct/Nov 2006
Bana exhibition curated by Freddie Robbins

MA Textiles degree show, Goldsmiths, London
July 2006

White Square, Square, Bath
May 2006

‘Whitegold’, Imerys, China Clay Country Park, St Austell
May 2005-May 2006
Commissioned to create work for this international touring exhibition

Clarks Village, Street, Somerset
Feb 2005
Commissioned to create a proposal for public artworks

Get Fresh & Get fresh 2, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
Jan 2003 & 2005

Amy Houghton, Prema, Uley, Gloucestershire
Jan 2005
Solo exhibition

Packed, various railways and travel related venues in the UK
Sept 2004
Brunel Broderers exhibition of artworks in suitcases

The Brunel Broderers Garden Party, Chedworth, Gloucestershire
June 2004
Textile related outside installations

Darn and Working Together Textile Symposium, Gloucester museum
April 2004
Exhibited ‘Slip’ installation

The Home Ideal Show, The Hotbath Gallery, Bath.
March 2004
Exhibiting artist and Co-curator role with Eshoda Arts.

Changes - Memory Palette, North East Somerset Arts
Sept 2003
Commissioned to create work inspired by older people’s memories.

2001 International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
July 2001
Graduate award winner. Commissioned installation and demonstrations.

Artfutures, The Barbican, London
Nov 2000
Contemporary Art Society’s exhibition

e-magination, Lords Cricket Ground, London.
Oct 2000
Hewlett-Packard creative innovation exhibition

Slip Stitch, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham
Feb 2000
European touring, innovative knit exhibition

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Funding and Awards

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation £5000 for a public art research project for
Interlude Arts Community Interest Company
Jan 2008

AHRC Funding £12,000 for Studying an MA in textiles at Goldsmiths
Sept 2005

South West Arts Council award, £22,000 for the Hotbath Gallery’s first year of an
outreach program in partnership with the National Trust.
Sept 2005

Funding for the Home Ideal Show: £5000 South West Arts Council award, Material
sponsorship from The Genesis Trust
March 2004

South West Arts Council grant, £500 ‘Kicking off award’.
Dec 2001

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Curating and Arts Management

Coordinator for the Textile Forum South West
May 2008 - Current

Director, Interlude Arts Community Interest Company
Sept 2007 – Sept 2008

Valued, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath
Nov 2006
Co –curated with Gemma Hickman

The Home Ideal Show, The Hotbath Gallery, Bath.
March 2004
Co-curated with Hazel Plowman from Eshoda Arts.

Projects Coordinator, Hotbath Gallery, Bath.
Nov 2002 - Sept 2005
Curating, press, designing copy, managing all aspects of putting on a rolling contemporary art exhibition program of 10 exhibitions per year. Made a successful bid for an Arts Council grant of £22,000 for the first year of an outreach program in partnership with the National Trust.

Committee member for Bath Area Network of Artists (BANA)
2003 – 2004

Chair for the Artists’ group, the Brunel Broderers
Jan 2007 – Jan 2008

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Selected Lecturing and Participatory Arts Practice

Associate Artist, delivering Animation workshops and exhibition design for a young person’s digital archive project at the Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol
Jan 2008 – Aug 2008

Visiting Art and Design Lecturer at Norton Radstock College, City of Bath College, University of Wales Institute Cardiff and Bath Spa University
2004 - Current

Artist and mentor for the 5x5x5=Creativity research project
2003 - Current
Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire. Working with 3-6 year olds in infant schools, researching
learning through creativity, using a child centered approach.

‘Changes’ Memory Palette, reminiscence project.
Aug–Sept 2003
North East Somerset Arts. Commissioned to run reminiscence sessions and create work inspired by older people’s memories.

Varied experience providing seminar presentations, arts workshops, demonstrations and professional development for a wide range of ages and abilities.
1999 – Current

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