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Selected as a Tarpey exhibiting artist for 2024.

Slade School of Art 2021

Print residency at Pop Press, Nottm, 2018.

The Drawing Prize, Sherwood Art Week, 2016.

Public space mural design commission for ‘The Becks’ park project, Lowdham, Notts, 2014

The Mighty Creatives, Lead Creative Consultant 2008-2010

Arts Council England, Creative Partnerships Change Agent 2007-2009

Public space sculpture commission for the ‘Hard to Reach’ project, West Lindsey DC’s Council Headquarters, Lincs, 2008.

Arts Council England Funded, Lincolnshire Youth Arts Network Co-ordinator 2006-2008

Arts Council England Grant & Arts Award Assessor, 2007.

Public space sculpture commission: ‘Identity’ for Notts County Council’s, County Hall, 2006.

OCN Life Drawing, 2005.

Creative Enterprise Grant (ConnectUK), 2005.

BA (Hons) Fine Art (to level 2), 2004-2005.

BTEC Foundation Art & Design, 2003.

BA (Hons) 1st Class, Business & Management. 1996-2000 (by part time study whilst in full time work).

'Refresh' Tarpey Gallery Feb 2024

Tarpey Open, 2023

Notts Open Studios, Thoresby 2023

The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck 2022

The Shine Festival, Thoresby 2022

The Airing Cupboard, Thoresby 2019

Open Studios, Thoresby Park, Notts, 2018

The Place, Sherwood Art Week, Nottm. 2016

The Beetroot Tree, Derby. 2013

Harding House Gallery, Lincoln. 2008

The Old Library Media Centre, Mansfield. 2007

Room at The Top, Waterstones, Nottm. 2007

The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincs. 2006

View From The Top Gallery, Waterstones, Nottm 2006

The Shire Hall Gallery Stafford. 2005

The City Gallery Leics. 2005

Nottingham Open, 2005

Haus Art, Southwell, Notts. 2004

Southwell Minster, 2004

St Michaels Church, Lincoln. 2003

Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln 2003

awards, public commissions & appointments

In more detail...

I am a fine artist and designer. I was born in north Nottinghamshire England, where I still live and work.


Fundamental to my work is my passion for, and affinity with, the natural environment. The landscape of my early life was a 1980's mining village. However, my parents regularly helped us escape that with long walks in the woods and awe inspiring day trips to the dramatic landscapes of the Peak District.

An early life dogged by ill health and a lack of money gave me great opportunities to develop a life long love of drawing and become very resourceful with with craft.

At 13, I visited the then Trent Polytechnic and found the possibility of an art and design degree to be a total revelation! However my school didn't allow girls to study technical drawing and aspirations were not encouraged(!). Times were different, so unwanted jobs in administration began. By 2003, I was a  senior education manager leading the national co-ordination of the NPQH programme for headteachers.


However, the dream had never died, and I ldecided to leave that career and enrol onto a Foundation Course in Art and Design, progressing to study a BA in Fine Art at Lincoln University. From that point onwards I've enjoyed shaping my own professional development.


During my time in the world of education, I was motivated to help other disadvantaged young people: as part of my degree in business and management I conducted research into education business partnerships; I initiated such schemes in school; and I was part of a small team of governors that obtained funding for an award winning new secondary school in the county.


I then had the joy of combining my years in education & management with art, and applying that mix to youth arts work and arts development work in ‘hard to reach’ communities and schools across Notts and Lincs (funded mainly by Arts Council England).


I'm really proud to have worked with some fabulous cultural partners and some unforgettable young people. All of what has gone before now informs and enriches my work.


Whilst working as a consult I was fortunate enough to have my sculptural work  commissioned by various public bodies and my design work by numerous private clients.  

In 2018 I began the move away from arts development work to focussing full time on my own arts practice. I took up a print residency and set up my own studio at the beautiful Thoresby Park.


I'm now on a very determined mission to make up for lost time and make the best work I can. 


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