My socially engaged practice is informed by social structures and institutional frameworks in a dialogical manner and adapts to diverse contexts. Employing humour and improvisation, my work has become increasingly collaborative and I am directly influenced by the people I work with. By paying close attention to individual stories, the work I make resonates and explores broader social and political issues.
I am interested in exploring the politics of living together by working with communities for long periods of time and confronting ‘the contradictory pull between (artistic) autonomy and social intervention’ (Claire Bishop).
Since graduating from CSM, Byam Shaw in 2006, my work has taken me to care homes in the UK (NHHT, Cubitt), refugee camps in Europe, Zavod’s in Slovenia and Schools in India (Krishnamurti Foundation India) and Ghana (Antem High, Cape Coast).
I’m an experienced artist educator (IOE, 2012) and I recently ran the Oxford Brookes Foundation Degree in Creative Art and Design Practice at Swindon College and I’ve taught in a range of colleges and schools internationally.
I am a 2019-2020 Trust New Art Creative Fellow at The Workhouse, Southwell. I am being commissioned by The National Trust to create an alternative art school (The Factory) from inside this Victorian Workhouse and co-create the curriculum with young people and adults from across Nottinghamshire.