Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies
I am an artist and my practice focuses on objects and their relationship to people and place. My work is research-based and focused on the role of heritage, legacy, fallibility and function, predominately resulting in sculpture, installation and social engagement.
Previous residencies and site-responsive projects have included Trust New Art at National Trust Quarry Bank; New Art Gallery, Walsall; Cadw & Arts Council of Wales; Canal & Rivers Trust with East Street Art & Contemporary Art Society; Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Past commissions have included: 42nd Street, Manchester; National Glass Centre, Sunderland; Library Theatre Company (now HOME).
I am co-director to Paradise Works, an artist-led studio space and gallery in Salford concerned with securing the place for artists in a rapidly developing city region. Previous curatorial positions have included: ‘Division of Labour’, ‘Excuse me while I am changing’ and ‘Progress’ at Rogue Artists’ Studios (2016); ‘Great Northern Graduates’ at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (2016); ‘For Posterity’ at Castlefield Gallery (2015). My work is held in the permanent collection at MIMA.
I have taught at School of Arts & Media since 2014, joining as a permanent member of staff in September 2017. I teach Critical & Contextual Studies to Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography and Graphic Design students.
Previously I taught on BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design at Manchester School of Art and on BA (Hons) Jewellery & Object at Lincoln University School of Art & Design. I am an experienced workshop facilitator with extensive experience delivering sessions outside of formal educational contexts to adults and young people.
My work is research-based and focused on the role of heritage, legacy, fallibility and function, predominately resulting in sculpture, installation and social engagement.
As co-director to Paradise Works I am concerned with securing the place for artist-led activity within the city. My curatorial practice focuses on site-specific contexts, most recently this has explored city development and the place for production and independent culture within urban areas.
Qualifications and Memberships
MA Jewellery, Silversmithing & Related Products
BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design