For the past 25 years I’ve been growing a practice as artist, producer, mentor, evaluator and photographer, developing an approach to social engagement with a particular emphasis on working with people to explore landscape, place and our relationship to it. I have a particular focus on working collaboratively with young people and more marginalised groups, supporting people’s agency through creative engagement.
Starting points are usually visual arts driven but work has developed to also include textiles, processions, installation, sound pieces and more recently film. I’m also interested in the supportive relationship between process and product within these collaborations and am currently exploring these themes as part of my MFA (Fine Art) at Nottingham Trent University.
I have worked strategically with key national agencies in the sector including Arts Council England, The National Youth Agency, Arts Award, Artswork and produced and co-wrote Engage’s Envision – A Handbook : Supporting Young People’s Participation in Galleries and the Arts (2008). I’ve been an Arts Council England Arts and Quality Assessor for participation for the past 4 years.