Who I am
I am an artist, writer and arts administrator based in Liverpool.
My focus is currently on writing and arts management practices. My current research interests include art on underground transport networks and contemporary sculpture and installation work.
Reading at the moment: What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz.
I currently draw inspiration from our relationships with perceived ‘banal’ objects and forms that we encounter in every day life.
Our relationships to these objects are often dictated by a systematic hierarchical order that has been employed to achieve a specific goal a simple example being blocking access to part of a sidewalk being repaired or a machine dispensing tickets within a transportation system.
These objects, signs and forms weave almost silently amongst global networks, cultures and ways of life holding a unique yet static permanence defined by our relationship, interaction and compliance with these objects and systems and ultimately, the bodies that control them.
My work at present draws upon these aspects alongside a strong interest in the spatial properties of objects to create sculptural artworks whose creation could be read as an attempt to critique these systems and preconceptions.
These forms/objects thrive on the tensions of the relationships between the constructed forms and found materials present in my work. I aim to manipulate our knowledge and understanding of the systematic value and perception of specific objects.
Chance is often an arbiter of my work and decisions are often dictated by the conditions of production. The importance of materials that I use/find/gather often have a critical significance to the reading of the work alongside evident geometrical and spatial concerns.
The creation of these new forms is paradoxical in that whilst the objects are often heavy and cumbersome, they are balanced or propped at odds with their state of existence – the threat of failure/collapse every present.
- 2011-2012: The University of Manchester – Masters in Arts Management, Policy & Practice
- 2004-2007: Liverpool John Moores University – Fine Art BA Hons
The Seaside Land – The Royal Standard, 60th Anniversary of Festival of Britain, Southbank, London
Space Exchange, Aid & Abet, Cambridge
- Remnants, The Lost Soul & Stranger Service Station, the Bluecoat
- Wrong Love, A Foundation, Liverpool
- Dumb Objects, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool
- Objects of Virtue, Nexus, Manchester
- Drawn Here, 4 Jordan Street, Liverpool
- 7@ The Everyman, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
- Goods In, Conveyor Project Space, Birmingham
- Up and Coming, Novas CUC, Liverpool
- 7@ The Anglican, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
- 7 @ The Unity, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
- Liverpool JMU Degree Exhibition
- 7 @ 68, 68 Hope Street, Liverpool
- Limelight Art, 22 Roscoe Street, Liverpool
Director of Arena Studios & Gallery; February 2008-May 2010
Susan Cotton Travel Scholarship 2007
Proof, Arena Gallery, April 2010
Collusion, Arena Gallery, March 2010
a solitary cosmopolitan, Arena Gallery, February 2010
A Degree of Uncertainty, Arena Gallery, August 2009
Trip Through My Window, Arena Gallery, July 2009
Coller Elective, Arena Gallery, June 2009
Exposed Surfaces, Out of the Bluecoat, July 2007
a-n, Interface, 2012
Institute of Cultural Practices blog, 2011-2012
Roves & Roams, 2011
Blankpages guest visual editor, issue 14, November 2009
Blankpages, Issue 14, November 2009
Liverpool Art Journal, Issue Two, published by Tracey Eastham, 2009
A Degree of Uncertainty exhibition text, August 2009
Culture Campus Magazine editor and writer, 2008
The Bluecoat blog, 2008
Blankpages Issue 13 featured artist, July 2009