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).

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

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In more detail...

Dawn is a fine artist and designer. She was born in the Nottinghamshire England, where she still lives and works.

 

Fundamental to Dawn's work is her passion for, and affinity with, the natural environment. The landscape of her early life was a 1980's mining village which her parents regularly helped the family escape from with long walks in the woods and awe inspiring day trips to the dramatic landscapes of the Peak District. An early life plagued with ill health and a lack of money created great opportunities to develop a love of drawing and resourceful craft skills.

Aged 13, she found a visit to the then Trent Polytechnic and the possibility of an art and design degree to be a total revelation. However her school didn't allow girls to study technical drawing and aspirations were not encouraged. Times were different and unwanted jobs in administration began. By 2003, Dawn was a  senior education manager leading the national co-ordination of the NPQH programme for headteachers. However, the dream had never died, and she left that career and enrolled onto a Foundation Course in Art and Design progressing to study a BA in Fine Art at Lincoln University. From that point onwards she has enjoyed shaping her own professional development.

 

During her time in the world of education, Dawn was motivated to help other disadvantaged young people: whilst studying at one of the UK's top 10 business schools, she conducted research into education business partnerships; she initiated such schemes in school; and was part of a small team of governors who obtained funding for an award winning new secondary school in the county.

 

She has since had the joy of combining her years in education & management with art, and applying that mix to youth arts work and arts development in ‘hard to reach’ communities and schools (funded mainly by Arts Council England). She is proud to have worked with some fabulous cultural partners and some unforgettable young people.

 

Alongside her consultancy practice, Dawn's sculptural work has been commissioned by various public bodies and her design work by numerous private clients.  

 

In 2018 she began the shift away from arts development work to focussing on her own arts practice, she took up a print residency and set up her own studio.

 

Her, clarity of focus and artistic mission is now shaping an exciting programme of work.