“I’m interested in ‘cultural lag’ in terms of human understanding and advancing technology. It’s easy to feel fear, frustration and a sense of being left behind, as our lives become increasingly mediated through machines. 

I work directly with nineteenth and twentieth century coding technologies such as music box discs and IBM cards. I collage plates together with different streams of redundant coded information. Through play and research during the physical process of printmaking, I reference the place of technology in our collective thoughts and imaginations. 

Socio-cultural evolution is much slower than technological change and cultural manifestations of technology often outlast their material use. Part of my interest lies in the cultural messages encoded within the artefacts. An example of this is found in the phrase ‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ which was printed on IBM punch cards. This emotive statement became a metaphor for alienation and dehumanisation as part of American 1960’s counterculture. 

Cyberculture theory offers a useful way to think about the relationship between bodies, minds and machines.
‘……. things get faster, smaller, more useful, more user-friendly, and this is a good thing – or so one particular type of storytelling says. Other stories less often told, reveal the trials, the resistances, the accommodations and negotiations involved in living with new technologies’ (David Bell, 2007).’ 

cv

Art Therapist Bradford NHS 1993-2014
MA Visual Arts (Distinction) Bradford College 2011-13
Complete Printmaker Programme Hot Bed Press Salford 2015-17

awards

2017 Art& RAW Talent Award
2017 Flourish Award For Excellence In Printmaking – Shortlisted
2017 Flourish Award – Intaglio Printmakers Prize (People’s Choice)
2018 Wigan S.T.E.A.M (Science: Technology: Engineering: Art: Maths) Bursary
2019 The Scott Creative Arts Foundation (SCAF) Emerging Artist Award – Winner
2019 London Contemporary Art Prize – Shortlisted

selected exhibitions and shows

2020

‘Ubuntu’ Group Exhibition 20th November – 2nd January 2021, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

‘The Other Art Fair’ 8th – 11th October, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London (Postponed)

‘Reawakening’ Group Exhibition 10th July – 3rd October, Lingwood Samuel Gallery, 12 Church St Godalming, Surrey

‘Open ISO’ Group Exhibition 23rd May – 14th June, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford, Derbyshire

2019

The Great Print Exhibition’ 22 November – 8th March 2020, Rheged Centre, Penrith
‘Print International’ 16th November – 2nd February 2020, Ty Pawb Gallery, Wrexham
‘Paper’, Group Exhibition 2 November- 22 February 2020, Gallery 57 Arundel, West Sussex
‘Art&’ Show – Installation Artist 25th – 27th October, York Racecourse
‘SCAF’ Emerging Artist Exhibition 21st September – 2nd December 2019 Ornhams Hall, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
‘London Contemporary Art Prize’ 12th September – 5th October Store St Gallery, London
‘FLUX’ Exhibition , 14th-17th March The National Army Museum, London

2018

‘Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair’ , 2nd December Altrincham, Cheshire
‘Woolwich Print Fair,’  22nd-25th November Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London
‘Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair,’ 11th-14th October, Upper Campfield Market, Manchester
‘Next Wave’, selected group exhibition for Emerging Artists, RBSA Gallery, 6th-22nd September RBSA Birmingham
‘Emerging Artists Exhibition’, 1st September-5th November, Bils and Rye Gallery, Kirbymooreside, North Yorkshire
‘RBSA Print Prize Exhibition,’ 25th July-1st September, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
Leeds Print Fair, 9th June, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds
neo: International Proof Print  Exhibition/Exchange, 26th May-8th July, neo:gallery 23, Bolton, Greater Manchester
‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ Solo Exhibition, 26th May-16th June, Wigan S.T.E.A.M.
‘Get It Arts’ Curated Group Pop Up Exhibition, 1-4th March, 5th Base Gallery, London

2017

‘Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair’, Altrincham, Cheshire
‘Art&’ Show, York Racecourse
‘Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking’ Exhibition, WYPW
‘PROOF’ Printmakers Group Exhibition, Robert Burt Gallery, London
‘Makers Fair’ Saltaire Arts Trail, Bradford

residencies/symposiums

Artist in Residence Print Room Bradford College 2014

Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) University of Central Lancashire, 2019/2020

Speaker at The Print Symposium: Printmaking in the Expanded Field. Ty Pawb, Wrexham, 2020