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

 

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 2008-2009

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).

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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. Her parents regularly helped the family escape the landscape of a 1980's mining village with walks in the woods and visits to the dramatic landscapes of the peak district and Wales. She very resourcefully turned an early life plagued with ill health and a lack of money into opportunities to develop a love of drawing and inventive craft skills.

At 13 a visit to the then Trent Polytechnic and the possibility of an art and design degree was a total revelation. But the shaky and and sexist secondary schooling of the times prevented that, and an unwanted working life in administration began. However, the dream never died, and the whilst her career had progressed into senior education management, in 2003 Dawn boldy left that all behind and enrolled onto a Foundation Course in Art and Design. She progressed onto a BA in Fine Art at Lincoln University, and from point that she has shaped 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 and took up a print residency and then a full time studio residency. Her, clarity of focus and artistic mission is now shaping an ambitious programme of work. 

 

She describes herself as a 'looker and a shower (show-er!)' who has done her job well if she distills the sensation that she feels when experiencing the natural world, into finely tuned marks that invoke similar sensations in you.