I have over twenty-five years experience as an artist, curator, educator and community arts project manager. From 2003-2013 I managed the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester, delivering a wide range of exhibitions, learning and outreach for adults, children, young people, families and community groups. I currently work freelance within galleries, community and educational venues. I have commissioned and worked on innovative exhibitions and participatory projects with a range of artists, curators and organisations, including the Arts Council Collection, Chrysalis Arts, Leigh Neighbours Project, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Angela Kingston, Andrew Bick, Tony Bevan, Norman Dilworth, Danielle Creenaune, Katherine Jones, Sumi Perera, Paula Fenwick, Leo Fitzmaurice, Philip Davenport, Cross Street Arts, Inga Hamilton, My Tarpit, OWL Project, Anne Morrell, Polly Binns, David Walker and Willie Williams.
I have worked in partnership with established commercial galleries such as Cristea Roberts and Gimpel Fils, as well as public institutions such as Tate Liverpool, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Institute of Education, London, Liverpool Hope University and York St. John University.
As an artist, I have exhibited widely in galleries in the UK and developed a number of socially engaged artist-led projects, including Wall of Fame (Leigh), Dialogue (London), Hospitals Talking Art (Aberdeen and London), and Enclosure (Banff, Canada). I continue to engage in teaching and training artists and students, and am currently Treasurer and studio member of Cross Street Arts in Standish, a registered charity providing studio space and support for professional artists in Wigan.
Central to my ethos and practice is the enrichment of people’s lives through an encounter with the visual arts – nurturing the conversation between art, artists and audience.