ABOUT

I am a Shrewsbury-based interdisciplinary artist and poet working with collage, writing, paint, textiles, bookmaking, sound and sometimes film. I am also a yoga teacher and work with creative movement.

My work includes learning and community projects with a diverse range of groups, including schools, elderly people, youth projects and those experiencing mental health issues. I’ve taken part in group exhibitions in Shropshire and Scotland, and in 2014 was artist in residence at Wenlock Books.

My poetry has been published by Visual Verse, Wenlock Poetry Festival Anthology and Ink, Sweat & Tears. I am working on my first pamphlet, soon to be published by Mark Time Books. I have also recently set up my own self-publishing press for books, prints and cards called Rock Rose Press.

EXPERIENCE

CO-DIRECTOR, RAVEN STUDIOS (JAN 2019 – present) 

SWITCH PROJECT (JAN 2019 – present)
Currently working with the Switch Project and young people who have been excluded from school to produce a poetry and photography book. 

THE RING (JUNE 2018–OCTOBER 2018)
Commissioned by The Ring team to write poetry inspired by the waterways of Worcestershire and to display these visually in the urban environment. Curated an artist blogover the summer to engage people creatively with the local canals and rivers, involving a competition for people to submit their creative work.

PAPER REBELLION (SEPT 2017–OCTOBER 2018)
Arts and heritage project working with The Commandery in Worcester to engage young people creatively with the themes of the civil war. Used collage, bookmaking and made large scale collaborative artworks with groups over a year.

BELLE VUE ARTS FESTIVAL (JUNE 2018)
Led a yoga session on the festival’s theme of ‘Air’ involving movement and poetry.

FOUND IN TRANSLATION (FEB 2018)
Worked with Donnington Wood Primary School (Shropshire) on a week-long project about multiculturalism and world languages using typography, poetry and textiles. Created a large-scale quilt artwork with participants’ artwork to display in the school.

COLOUR ME PURPLE (SEPT 2016–JULY 2018)
Two-year project with The Courtyard in Hereford to provide creative sessions within care settings for elderly people. Worked with participants to create artwork in a variety of media over 10 week blocks. 

BETWEEN THE LINES (JULY 2016)
Developed and facilitated a text art workshop developed in collaboration with Meadow Arts to run alongside the Never Judge A Book exhibition in Hay-on-Wye. Worked with participants to create visual art pieces using second hand book and magazine pages.

FOREST OF IMAGINATION (JUNE 2016)
Hosted a ‘Tree of Words’ family workshop at Forest of Imagination; an immersive four-day creative event in Bath. The workshop combines creative writing and collage.

WILD WENLOCK, WENLOCK POETRY FESTIVAL (APRIL 2015)
Created and hosted a weekend installation for children and families; a miniature art & craft village with teepees that play audio of local authors reading poetry and stories. 

Art & Poetry Group Leader, Wenlock Books (OCT 2014–SEPT 2015)
Planned and facilitated weekly art & poetry sessions for children at Wenlock Books. Created a learning space which nurtured creativity, collaboration and active listening

Artist in Residence, Wenlock Books (May 2014–June 2014)
Created artwork to be displayed on-site and led a series of workshops for the local community. Worked with groups of children, young women and adults over a six week period.

TUTOR: WORDS & IMAGES WORKSHOP, ULLAPOOL ART WEEK  (AUG 2014)
Collaborated with poet Stephen Keeler to create a drop-in workshop at An Talla Solais art centre.

TEXTILES TUTOR, ULLAPOOL COMMUNITY TRUST (FEB 2013)
Facilitated drop-in sewing workshops with the public as part of an energy efficiency community day. 

EXHIBITIONS

MAKING MARKS: CONVERSATIONS IN MIXED MEDIA & POETRY (JAN 2019)
Joint exhibition with embroiderer Hanny Newton at Eighty Six’d café & gallery in Ironbridge.

COLLAGE NOW (JUNE 2017)
Group exhibition at VAN Gallery Shrewsbury.

ELSEWHERE (SEPTEMBER 2016)
Joint exhibition at The Bears Steps, Shrewsbury.

FOUND: EXHIBITION OF COLLAGED POETRY (APRIL 2015-MAY 2015)
Exhibition at The Bird’s Nest Café, Shrewsbury Market.

EMERGING ARTISTS & MAKERS (FEB 2014)
Group exhibition at Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

MADE IN CALGARY (OCT 2013)
Group exhibition at Calgary Arts & Nature, Isle of Mull.

DO, UNDO, REDO (MARCH 2013)
Group exhibition at An Talla Solais.