Artists Statement and History

I have two sides to my art work – artworks created with others or through a project I have managed, and art I have created alone.

I really enjoy working with other people and communities to create art.  It can help a community to come together and to celebrate.  Art can be a source of inspiration and a place for people to gain confidence and I find being part of that process immensely satisfying.

My own work centres around nature  – both observing plants and experiencing the landscape.  I enjoy the challenge of trying to record a beautiful flower or a landscape which is a different experience with every change in light and weather.  I am also interested in the way people enjoy bringing something of nature into their homes – a bunch of flowers from the garden or home grown fruit and vegetables.

I currently manage and facilitate various projects, including Poole and Totton Lantern Processions, for both of which I am the lantern artist and also part of the management team. I also run two ongoing weekly art groups for Adults with Learning Difficulties in Totton and West End.

Previous Employment History .

May 2013 to End July 2015.  Manager at Wave Arts Education,

May 2010 – May 2013   Arts in the Community Officer, Borough of Poole.

June 2009 – May 2012  Teaching photography to adults and adolescents at Eastleigh College.

Sept 2007 – March 2011   Creative Agent for Creative Partnerships.

May 1996 –November 2009  Project Co-ordinator at the Media Workshop, Southampton

1998-2002   Visual and Public Art development officer at Eastleigh Borough Council.

1990-1997  Freelance and staff press and PR photographer working regularly for Southern Daily Echo

1992-1994  Part-time teaching photography at Brockenhurst Sixth Form College,

 

Research and Evaluation Work

During the past few years I have co-ordinated several valuable evaluation and research projects including the following examples:

  • Pathways Research Project, involving six schools and looking into the Visual Literacy skills of children. The project involved the development and testing of a tool to evaluate visual literacy skills and the identification of what those skills involve.
  • An evaluation of The Great Arts Quest for the Prince’s Trust for Children and The Arts, collating and assessing the work of the Schools, Artists and Museums involved in the project. I produced an evaluative report, which was delivered ahead of the deadline, and made a series of recommendations for future projects.
  • A Longitudinal investigation into the Impact of Participatory Arts in Southampton. This study analysed oral histories to show how the experience of the participants had impacted on their lives and careers.
  • A feasibility study into art works to be installed in a new Community Centre for Portsmouth City Council.

The various research projects have employed a range of methodologies and have given me a series of excellent opportunities to design and co-ordinate research.

 

Additional Exhibitions and major projects:

2018

October/ November: Exhibition of work and artist in residence for the Exbury  Nerines exhibition.

June:  Exbury Five Arrows Gallery – organiser of joint exhibition with 5 other artists

April to July: Part of the team working on the New Milton in Minecraft project.

Part of the team co-ordinating Poole Lantern Procession and Totton Lantern Procession. Main artist making lanterns for both

2017

October: Exhibition of work and artist in residence for the Exbury  Nerines exhibition.

June:  Exbury Five Arrows Gallery – joint exhibition as part of the New Forest Arts Festival.

Main Co-ordinator for New Forest Arts Festival working with New Forest National Park Authority.

Part of the team co-ordinating Poole Lantern Procession and Totton Lantern Procession. Main artist making lanterns for both.

2016

December: Individual Exhibition at Harbour Lights, Southampton

Poole and Totton Lantern Processions, for both of which I am the lantern artist and also part of the management team.

Main Co-ordinator for New Forest Arts Festival working with New Forest National Park Authority.

Gate panels installed on West Totton Community Centre, created with children from the Squirrels day nursery

Patchwork of Life project with WEA Covelly Rd

2015

Trophy – a set of specifically designed Perspex boxes as display cases for SUSU Student Union.

Sensations – Producer/manager for a performance and visual arts project engaging young people both with and without learning difficulties.

2014

Hilliers – Exhibition as part of Lightcatchers, a group of photographers from across Hampshire.

Co-ordinator and founder of Totton and Eling Arts Festival

2013

Hilliers – Exhibition as part of Lightcatchers photography group.