Art Forms: Visual artist
Summary: I trained at the Slade School of Fine Art. In the latter stage finding a niche making experimental films and animations. I then started working for the artist Tacita Dean assisting in the post-production of her films. Through that time I volunteered in a homeless shelter, which then led into workshops with young offenders. Repositioning outside London, I returned to Suffolk to rediscover values of authentic localism and community.
I now teach Art & Design in a Suffolk prison. A challenging area. Working with people at risk of marginalisation by society brought about through complex problems and tangled legacies. Complied by the stigma attached to holding a criminal record, is the impact this then brings upon self perception of identity and perception of others. Through my work I witness an emergence in sensitivity, pride and motivation towards change.
We balance the requirements of professional teaching standards delivering National QCF accreditation with the roles of responsibility underlying any security/protection service. I encourage cross-platform multi media approaches, 2d and 3d with learning reference to artists and exploration into their interests. Though I teach graphic design interlacing between the digital mediums and the practical arts. .
Art provides a space for contemplation, reflection, distraction and fresh imagination through which it is possible to transcend the circumstances which have brought about their problems and incrementally bring about small changes to life and wider well-being. I consider myself fortunate in receiving daily reminders through others of the potential for restorative realisation through creative activity.
Experience: Qualified Teacher
Qualifications: Fine Art Hons Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
Projects: Free-Lance Teaching & Workshops Employment
Herba – Illustrations for publication -Cathedral Herb garden. July’09.
Artlink ‘Step-Up’ – Series of Art and Film animation workshops ‘Hotdogz’ in Ipswich with Moderate learning Difficulties & Physical Disabilities. Jan – March ’09.
Art Workshops through Social Services Community Education Drop-In-Centre (New Info Bar) for people with Learning Difficulties, BSE. Jan’06 – present
Supporting Contemporary Adolescence (SCA) – Art design work and digital photography workshops.
Junior Youth Inclusion Project (JYIP) long-term YOS programme based in Stowmarket – Art workshop management and input to project work e.g. anti bullying campaign
Women’s Refuge, BSE– art/craft based workshops.
Bury St.Edmunds Art Gallery – ‘Drawing in Motion’ Oct ’06 & ‘I Can’t Draw’ Feb’07. Using our bodies moving through the light of a projector to create life-scale animated drawings.
Art Link ‘Step-Up’ – Series of Art workshops In Ipswich with Moderate learning Difficulties & Physical Disabilities. June ’07.
Risbygate Arts- Animation workshops ½ term project using digital media software to create simple animations from raw collaged images developed through photo editing. October 06.
New Info Summer Project for young people with learning disabilities through Community Ed, Suffolk- Artistic input to workshop programme. Summer 06 & 07.
Age Concern – Digital image work on using various computer software. July- Nov ’07.
Film Technical Assistant to International artist, Tacita Dean. Since Dec 01- Present P/T. Production and post-production assistant eg. Colour grading, negative analysing, quality checking of the prints, general prepping and exhibition installations
Marian Goodman Gallery, NY- as Tacita’s film advisor to galleries pre-exhibition
Risbygate Arts is a Charity Limited Company – for community arts serving in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages. Oct’05 – Feb’08. www.risbygatearts.co.uk
Art & Theatre Workshops for children 6-13, with artist Gilly Seago, Bury St.Edmunds
City & Guilds 7407 Further Education Teacher Training- In progress
Qualified TEFL teacher public speaking and classroom management skills, lesson preparation
British Council. Amman Jordan. Two months summer course teaching English.
Structuring lesson plans, classroom exercises and executing lessons for intermediate and advanced levels. 1997.
Ashwell House School, London N1. Teaching English to European vacation Students. Summer 1998.
St.Matthews Housing – supported accommodation for isolated and vulnerable people, Bury St.Edmunds. I organise a weekly art group for residents from the three Bury houses from. Jan 2005.
St.Martins N The Crypt – Trafalgar Square Connection for the Homeless Art Group. Nov 2003.
Amnesty International – involved with art work for current campaigns, WOMAD festivals, demo days, designs for education art workshops with children for refugee families, Southbank art-making weekend activities.
Groups Worked with: People with Learning Difficulties, People with Physical Disabilities, Women’s Refuge groups, Young people, Children, isolated and vulnerable groups of people