MA Glass (Pass with Distinction). University of Sunderland
Skills gained – fusing glass in kiln, unhealthy sandblasting glass. Designing, making and fitting stained glass windows.
1999 – 2000
PGCE Further Education. (Pass) Nottingham Trent University.
Learnt to plan, deliver and assess art courses to students in non-compulsory educational settings.
1995 – 1998
BA Hons Fine Art. (First Class) University of Derby
Specialised in video and installation work, but also worked in ceramics, sculpture (metal casting) and drawing.
1993 – 1995
GNVQ Level 3 (Pass with Distinction) Grimsby School of Art
A diagnostic course in ceramics, photography, painting, textile design, fashion, drawing and art history.
Artist Educator in Schools.
Delivering bespoke art workshops incorporating other areas of the curriculum, working mainly to create artwork for windows and light box installations.
Early Years Art Workshop Facilitator.
Planned and delivered art workshops for very young children and their parents. Emphasis on exploration of materials.
Artist in Residence – Edgware Community Hospital
10-week residency, facilitating workshops for young patients to make a permanent art piece for the hospital building
Artist-in-Residence – North London Hospice.
Working closely with patients to create decorative glass panels, which are on permanent display at the hospice.
Lecturer in Art and Design – Derby College
Design and facilitate schemes of learning for the following courses: Art Foundation, A-Level and GNVQ.
Art Appreciation for Carers of Children
Designed and facilitated course, aimed at parents and carers of children. It introduces Art History as a starting point to creative workshops, which in turn promotes art as a useful learning tool for children.
2003 -You Are Here, Bridlesmith Gate Gallery, Nottingham
2002 -Art on the Side. Art Exchange. Nottingham
-Start Contemporary Gallery. Brighton
-Nottingham Open, Nottingham Castle
2000 -Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
1998 -Derby University Degree Show
1998 -Sugar Coated Rituals. Derby
1997 -Collectively Eclectic. Derby
-Pretty Light-Headed. Derby
I was first attracted to work with glass because of its relationship with light. Glass lends itself perfectly to the ethereal medium of light; refracting, reflecting, transmitting and altering its properties. The symbolism of light is one, which is universal in meaning, both globally and historically. It has come to represent purity, infinity and truth. Its relationship with the visual arts continues, and within my work, light is used in ways to suggest an essence of ‘the sublime’.
I take a great interest in the world around me: I am passionate about the arts – music, theatre, literature and world cinema as well as visual art – and I maintain the view that the arts are an opportunity to learn about the world, not escape from it. ‘Lifelong Learning’ has become a mantra in education, but I believe it to be a way of life. I work with children because of their natural ability to be lateral thinkers; artists strive for a lifetime to re-learn this skill.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”