1981-2 Foundation Falmouth Art School
1982-5 BA Hons Fine Art, University of Northumbria
1985 Graduate business training
- Artist study tours of the Pre Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and Danish Forest Schools, Denmark
- Rites of Passage training – Welfare State International
- Philosophy for Children training
2010 LEVEL 3 BTEC Forest School leadership Qualification Bridgewater College.
2019 SHINRIN YOKU – (Forest Bathing)Practitioner Training -Nature & Therapy UK
2012 – 2014 Co Director for House of Objects, North Tyneside
1993- 2010 Co Director ISIS ARTS
1987- 1991 Full time designer, maker, project coordinator on schools, hospitals and community projects and the Fish quay festival. Freeform Arts Trust, North Tyneside.
1991-1994 Education coordinator and mentor ISIS ARTS
1985 – Princes Trust Grant-
Became self-employed as visual artist. I hold an Enhanced CRB/ DBI, and full Public Liability Insurance and Driving license.
I draw much of my inspiration from the Reggio Emilia ethos and the approach of educators in Scandinavia. Whether working in collaboration or by myself I seek to work in a way that is about engaging with this sense of exploration and playfulness.
I’m driven by a love of the natural world; a connection to nature and natural resources and I’m fascinated by the way we collect, arrange, select, explore, create and make things and narratives – real and imagined.
My professional practice has several strands incorporating education, collaborative projects with other artists and with community groups, commissions, and delivering training, all aspects of my work crosses-over into each other.
I work with natural and recycled materials, drawing, collage, textiles, mosaic, clay, film and documentation.
Most current, recent and not so recent but interesting projects…
2019-ongoing Creative Workshops in Libraries
Working with” Art Diamonds” in Gateshead libraries and Durham and Newcastle libraries projects with the aim of engaging elders past retirement age in creative and cultural activities.
Working in partnership with Scotswood Natural Community Garden to deliver an environmental project for Early Years and their families. Early Explorers children will work on exciting, termly creative projects using materials from the garden as inspiration: A Well Gateshead Newcastle funded project.
As part of the 21st Birthday of the Angel of the North I worked with the Year One children of Swalwell School to produce a booklet about their theories and drawing of what angels mean to them. Funded by gateshead Cultural team.
“Angels live on clouds, they smile and be friendly: I once saw an Angle outside my window, I was just about to wake up” Emris age 5
A series of intimate personal hand made closed hand mosaics using previously used objects that in themselves represented almost another way of life. Continue reading “CV”