Biography

I was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire and graduated from Lancaster University in 1994 with a degree in English Literature. I have exhibited my work professionally throughout England since completing my Master of Arts in Painting at York University in 1999, organising exhibitions in public and commercial galleries.

My career as an arts administrator has included managing community arts projects, exhibition spaces and craft workshops. I have invaluable experience working for Crescent Arts and Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre where I acted as a facilitator forging partnerships with community groups, arts organisations and local businesses through the promotion of art therapy, exhibitions and artist workshops.

In 2008 I relocated to London working for Coin Street Community Builders, a social enterprise in the heart of the South Bank and established a painting studio in Hackney. I run my London studio in tandem with a space on the Suffolk coast in Felixstowe's Artist Quarter.

My achievements include exhibiting at the Agora Gallery, New York in the spring of 2004, working with the British Red Cross in 2005 on their fundraising initiative 'Art for Humanity' and being shortlisted for the Higgins Homes Public Art Award in 2006.

My paintings are held in private collections throughout England including the Paintings in Hospitals Collection which contains works by contemporary and modern British artists.

Résumé

Education

York University
Master of Arts in Painting

Cyprus College of Art
Residency at the Cyprus Summer Studio

Lancaster University
BA (Hons) English Literature with Art & Design

Selected Work History

Coin Street Community Builders, South Bank, London
Programme Support Assistant
Providing programme and administrative support to the Consultancy team to ensure effective delivery of a range of mentoring, advice, training and business support services.

Chives Montessori School, Ipswich
Resident Artist
Working with children aged 2 – 8 years on creative and artistic skills

Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, Knaresborough
Arts Administration & Information Officer
Assistant to the Centre Manager supervising Craft Workshops, Caf� Gallery and Sensory Gardens

Hull University, Centre for Life Long Learning
Lecturer
Teaching Life drawing on the Certificate in Art and Design course

Museum Service, Scarborough Borough Council
Project Administrator
Provided support on ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’ Scarborough’s Millennium Project

Scarborough Art Gallery
Curator
Collaboration with the Curator of Scarborough Art Gallery on the ‘Crafty Romans’ exhibition

Crescent Arts, Scarborough
Exhibitions Officer & Workshop Leader
Managed the exhibition programme, studio complex and devised workshops for children

Bengt Lindstrom, Sundsvall, Sweden
Studio Assistant

Achievements

Awards
I have been short-listed for the following awards:
Higgins Homes Public Art Award, Essex County Council (2006)
First Art Award, Quay Arts, Hull (2000)
Pizza Express Art Award, London (2000)

Public Collections
Paintings in Hospitals Collection (2000)

Publications
Art for Humanity, British Red Cross, London (2005)
ArtisSpectrum, New York (Vol.12, 2004)
1001 Reasons to Love the Earth, 2000 Foundation, Amsterdam (2002)

Exhibitions

2014 Art for Life, Japan Embassy, London
2008 New Blood Art, Chiswick, London
Art at Cass, Cass Business School, London
2007 Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust, London
Art at Cass, Cass Business School, London
Celebrate With Enterprise Open Day, Suffolk Enterprise Centre, Ipswich
Suffolk Open Studios, Felixstowe
Stowaway Health, Stowhealth, Stowmarket
Suffolk Open Studios Showcase, Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds
Transforming Elements, Chives Montessori School, Ipswich
2006 Vivid, Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe
Summer Exhibition, Romany Studio, Tunstall
Suffolk Showcase, Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery
Suffolk Open Studios, Felixstowe
Suffolk Open Studios Showcase, Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St. Edmunds
2005 Art for Humanity Gala Dinner ∓ Auction, Plaisterers Hall, London
Art for Humanity, German Embassy, London
Summer Exhibition, Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold
Reasons to Love the Earth, Utrecht, Holland
2004 Winter Exhibition, A Gallery, Wimbledon, London
Festival of Entertainment & Visual Arts, The Boat House, Knaresborough
Emphatic Abstraction, Agora Gallery, New York

Portfolio

Ardea
Ardea, oil on canvas

Ardea

Dancing on the Green
Dancing on the Green, oil on canvas

Dancing on the Green

Felix
Dib Dab, oil and beeswax on canvas

Dib Dab

Frivolous
Frivolous, acrylic on canvas

Frivolous

Frost
Nightfall, oil on board

Nightfall

Some Distant Memory
Some Distant Memory, oil on canvas

Some Distant Memory

Thaw
Thaw, acrylic on canvas

Thaw

Triplet
Triplet, oil on canvas

Triplet