I am an artist and co-director of Proboscis, my work includes works on paper video and textiles. I’m interested in the social, cultural, natural histories and heritage of places, with a particular interest in landscape and environment. I often work in collaboration and create projects in response to a particular location or question. The work ranges from larger curatorial, collaborative frameworks to individual commissions, participation and research.
Current and Recent Projects
Attentive Geographies 2014 – 16, commissioned to create a new textile work in response to, and participate in, the research process for Attentive Geographies. An AHRC funded project by the Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge Research Group at Exeter University. It is exploring “What happens where you are attentive to creative processes in your research?”
The Observatory, Artist in Residence on Lymington Keyhaven Nature Reserve, New Forest National Park, 2 months in 2015, commissioned by SPUD as part of the Lookin Lookout project. Exhibition forthcoming in 2016
Artist in Residence Mixed Reality Lab (2014), Mixed Reality Lab, School of Computing, Nottingham University on the Aestheticodes Project.
Hidden Families (2012 – current) – an AHRC research collaboration with Royal Holloway, NEPACS and Action for Prisoners Families.
Storyweir (2012 – current) – commissioned by Exlab2012, Bridport Arts Centre and PVA medialab, working with Cultural Geographers from Exeter University and National Trust, public artworks, live video and music events, exhibitions and engagement for Hive Beach, Dorset and Bridport Arts Centre for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Pallion Ideas Exchange (2012) – project with researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London’s Information Security Group to co-design an ideas exchange with a local community in Pallion, a former shipbuilding community.
As It Comes (2010) – A project in Lancaster exploring the role of independent shops and traders commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts.
100 Views of Worthing Pier: Tall Tales, Ghosts and Imaginings ( 2010) – commissioned by artistsandmakers.comPublic Spaces:
Local Places (2010) – works on paper commissioned by the Empty Shops Network Tour to respond to Brixton and Coventry Market.
Public Spaces: Local Places (2010) – commissioned by the Empty Shops Network Tour to respond to Granville Arcade, Brixton and Coventry Indoor Market.
In Good Heart (2010) – works on paper from a collaboration with Dodolab on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Landscapes in Dialogue (2010) – works on paper for reflecting on my residency in Ivvavik National Park in Arctic Canada.
Birmingham Total Place (2010) – Proboscis commissioned by Birmingham City Council in response to conversations with parents and early years workers.
With our Ears to the Ground (2009) – Proboscis commissioned by Green Heart Partnership with Hertfordshire County Council.
At The Waters Edge: Grand River Sketchbook (2008) – video and work on paper commissioned by Render for the atrium of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Ontario.
Being in Common (2008/09) – Proboscis was commissioned by Haring Woods Studio for Gunpowder Park, London for the Art of Common Space project.
Sutton Grapevine (2008/09) – Proboscis was commissioned by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) to research online and offline experiences in a rural community where there is a lack of cultural spaces.
Perception Peterborough (2008) – a creative visioning project to develop solutions to the challenges Peterborough faces in the next 15-20 years. Proboscis was commissioned, with Haring Woods Studio, by Peterborough City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council East, Sport England and East of England Development Agency.
Lattice::Sydney (2008) – Proboscis led, with Information and Cultural Exchange and the British Council in Sydney, a workshop with Western Sydney creative practitioners. Part of the British Councils Creative City project.
Social Tapestries (2004/07) – a major Proboscis research programme exploring the benefits and costs of knowledge mapping and sharing (public authoring) for everyday life.
Topographies and Tales (2004/09) –A film, a two day lab and residencies in Canada and Scotland, with Joyce Majiski.
Artist in Residence (2005) – Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.
Navigating History (2004/05) – Proboscis collaborated with curator Deborah Smith to bring to light local history collections through 11 commissions. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, Creative Partnerships and local authorities.
Artist in the Park (2003) – Parks Canada Residency in Ivvavik National Park, Northern Yukon, Canada.
Urban Tapestries (2003/04) – Urban Tapestries was a major Proboscis project combining mobile and internet technologies with geographic information systems and collaborating across industry, academic research, communities and arts.
Landscape and identity; Language and Territory (2002) a partnership with InIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts, London).