I am an artist and lecturer with over 20 years' experience in the Visual and Performing Arts, working nationally and internationally. Between 2000 and 2003 I undertook a Degree in Contemporary Arts at Nottingham Trent University, graduating with First Class honours, and in 2006 I completed a Master's Degree by Registered Project/Thesis, under the supervision of John Newling, Professor of Installation Sculpture.
Upon finishing my MA I began working in art galleries including the Djanogly Gallery at the Lakeside Arts Centre and the Nottingham Castle Gallery, but it was during my time working at the Future Factory within Nottingham Trent University's Bonington Gallery that I began to make the links that took me into education. Since leaving the Bonington Gallery in 2006 I have taught extensively in Higher Education at Universities including Brunel, Nottingham Trent, Northampton, Derby, Lincoln and Middlesex. This teaching spans many areas of the arts and humanities, predominantly in Fine Art and Performance. I have worked with all levels from Undergraduate to Post-graduate. I am also qualified to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, after being awarded funding to complete a full teaching qualification during my time in Further Education.
Throughout my time in education I have maintained an ongoing professional practice in the creative industries. As a musician I have been commissioned to make work for BBC and ITV television, as well as BBC radio, also touring extensively across Holland, Ireland and the UK. As an artist I have performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, creating collaborative projects in the UK, Europe and Australia. In 2011 I was awarded a scholarship to undertake PhD research with Middlesex University. My research is supervised by Professor Vida and Dr Josephine Machon and was successfully upgraded from MPhil to PhD in 2013.
My PhD is a mixed-modal practice-as- research project entitled 'The Mechanics of Becoming Social'. Using interdisciplinary modes and materials I explore how the relationship between place, object, artist and viewer can be re-imagined as a site-specific process of social spatial production. My model of site-specificity however, which I describe as 'post-substantive', perceives site as a concept or process rather than fixed location, leading on from Nick Kaye's writings on Site and Doreen Massey's writings on Space. My enquiry is given form through actions, drawings, sculptures, moving-image films and texts. As an active contributor to the academic landscape in this country and abroad, I have chaired events and given papers at conferences across many different institutions, having writing, imagery, video and performance documents published in peer-reviewed journals and arts magazines.
I am a Lecturer in the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln where I am Head of Year 1 on the BA (Hons) Fine Art..