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.
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…
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”