Current & recent
2015: Co-Curator of Urban Organisms, a collaborative project examining and creatively exploreing food sustainability in cities. Working across a range of approaches the project will provide a space for conversation and ideas. Connecting up the environmental, socio-economic and political dimensions of urban food production and consumption, the NewBridge Project Space will act as a hub for this activity including film screenings, participatory workshops, walks and talks // 2014-15: Member of The Newbridge Project Programming Committee // 2014: Communications & Partnerships / Programme Development for a-n The Artists Information Company: I co-develop the organisations Professional Development for artists, arts organisers and students, and also assist with the Paying Artists campaign. 2013: Project and Development Manager, Northern Film and Media: I develop a range of creative projects, expanding the organisation’s remit to include artist’s moving image projects and talent development.
2013 – 2014: Producer / Project Manager for Connect/Exchange, a national UK exchange initiative for artists with a moving image, digital or screen-based practice. This project is a partnership with The NewBridge Project, A3 Project Space and Metal developed through current role of Project & Development Manager at Northern Film & Media.
2011 – 2012: Artist / Producer for Linear Shift HD video and sound installation investigating how the faded industrial heritage of Tyneside impacts on contemporary understanding of the area today. Collaboration with artist /film-maker Taryn Edmonds; Artist / Researcher for Seeing the City Anew: Refugee images of Manchester Pilot research project with University of Chester, using auto-photography to produce a visual record of refugee narratives and geographies of Manchester.
2011: SALT residency at PVA Media Lab, Dorset – Exploration and creation a new audio work; 2006 – 2007: Artists Access to Art College, hosted by Newcastle University
Selected exhibitions & events
2013: Altered Space 1, Globe Gallery, Newcastle, UK; 2012: Linear Shift, New Bridge Project Annex, Newcastle UK; 31st Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden; Sonica, CCA, Glasgow , UK; 2011: Response: A Rural / Urban Conversation (part 2) VARC offsite project, Eldon Sq, Newcastle; Hole Editions: Ink on Paper, DLI, Durham; Response: A Rural / Urban Conversation (part 1) VARC, Northumberland; 2010: MFA 2010 Hatton Gallery, Newcastle; 2009: Summer 2009: MFA Degree Show Hatton Gallery and Newcastle University Fine Art; Art Sale Globe Gallery, Newcastle; Re-appropriated Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Long Gallery, Newcastle University; 2008: Emerging Artists section Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair. Nominated by Northern Print; 2007: Still Lives Fold Gallery, Cumbria. Solo exhibition; Northern Print Bursary Artists Northern Print, Newcastle; Dislocation Arc, Stockton-on-Tees, (solo exhibition); 2006: Moving On Billingham Art Gallery; 2005: All Fired UpArtworks MK, Milton Keynes; 2004: Timeline – The Reading Room Sherborne House, Dorset; Surface Open Print Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Selected curated exhibitions & events
2008: The Reading Room: Conversations of an Artistic Nature, Adventures in the Valley. A series of evening events in which leading artists discussed areas of contemporary practice with curators, writers and the audience. Guest speakers included Glenn Adamson, Catherine Bertola, Siân Bowen, Susan Collis, Kate Davis, Keith Harrison, Kelly McCallum, David Musgrave, Richard Talbot and Emma Shaw, who led discussions on aspects of visual art in three unique sessions entitled Drawing, Object and Space; 2007: Memories, Moments and Other Curiosities, Saltburn Artists’ Projects, Simon Le Ruez, Kelly McCallum, Nicola Dale, Claire Douglass and Liz Frolich. Sculpture and wall-based work suggestive of personal experience, disintegration and domestic spaces; Kerry Harker: Work and Play, Saltburn Artists’ Projects.Ceramic installation investigating craft and fine art within cultural production, with accompanying exhibition catalogue including an essay by Clare Twomey; Alluring Order, Saltburn Artists’ Projects, Katie Lewis, Bethan Maddocks, Hannah Marsden and Janey Xuereb. Inconclusive narratives, disparate objects and manipulated environments; Disinformation: Fire in the Eye (Painting with Electricity), Saltburn Artists’ Projects. Interactive sound and light installation
Employment & freelance projects
2011 – 2012: Website producer for Flo-Culture: I co-ordinated the re- launch of the Flo-Culture website 2011: Temenos publication Project Manager – mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art: I was responsible for ensuring the completion of the publication to celebrate the installation of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s Temenos; 2010 – 2011: Online Jobs and Opps editor – a-n, the Artists Information Company: I edited the home page of the jobs and opportunities section of the a-n website, writing articles and links to content appropriate for artists and arts organisers; 2008: Co-coordinator of Adventures in the Valley programme, commissioned by MAP, the Artists’ Network for the Tees Valley and Middlesbrough Council: Co-complied a programme of off-site events which took place across the Tees Valley, taking sole responsibility for one area, The Reading Room; 2007 – 2008: Professional Development through Networking Participant Contact Point for a-n, the Artists’ Information Company: Worked with artists running over 20 different projects were on schedule and on budget and that all funding requirements were met. Also wrote three articles (published in a-n magazine and on-line) to promote the project and the artists who benefited from it; 2005 – 2007: Development Manager of Saltburn Artists’ Projects: Organised gallery programme, curated the gallery exhibitions and events, managed the studio complex including fundraising, gallery procedures, marketing, and branding commissioning.
Commissions & projects
2009: Seven Swans, Enchanted Parks– outdoor sculpture and light installation for the annual after-dark event, part of the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival; The Beautiful Journey, Wildworks – researched stories and memories from Wallsend community members to produce shrines and ‘memory-boxes’ to the tales collected, which then formed part of the set for a site-specific outdoor theatre production.
Catalogues / Publications & writing
2013: Leo Fitzmaurice; 2012: Neville Gabie; 2011: Micro-philanthropy; Bridging the gap between the historical and contemporary; Working Internationally: 2010: Gander – exhibition catalogue text for Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough; j.p.g.g.p (MFA 2010); The Glass Delusion; 2008: Sticking Together Like Glue; The Artist as Social Entrepreneur; Professional Development through Networking; 2007: Kerry Harker: Work and Play – Co-editor of exhibition catalogue
Awards & funding
2011: Grants for the Arts Award – funding for Linear Shift with Taryn Edmonds; 2010 – 2011: Hole Editions Publishing Award – award to make a limited edition lithographic print with Master Tamarind Printmaker Lee Turner; 2008: Professional Development through Networking – awarded funded a series of mentoring sessions aimed at developing and defining my current practice; 2007: Northern Print Bursary – one of eight awards for dedicated technical support and funding to develop work using print; 2007 – 2008: Grants for the Arts Award – funding for skills training; 2004: Grants for the Arts Award – funding for five-month travel research project to Peru
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Various private collectors