University of Plymouth
I am a fine artist based in Plymouth, a city thriving in creativity and research. I am nearing the completion of my BA (Hons) in Fine Art, where I have spent three years being guided by dynamic practising artists. During this time, my research has been shifting between thought-to-matter assemblages, networks and engaging in multiple modes of being through the conceptual diagram. Collaborative dialogue in both work and life is one of my key interests, as I feel strongly about representing and learning about social and environmental issues, therefore making a conscious change to help wherever I can. I am currently employed in one of the top five leading brands for innovative sustainability, and continue to learn about my environmental impact as an artist and human. I am always seeking to expand a wider dialogue by writing and reading papers to audiences where I can. I grew up around people who would strive for change, as my Mother involved herself in the community in South Yorkshire and developed creative spaces for those most vulnerable in our city. Her investment and passion for helping people is something that sticks with me in my everyday life. Although my work is heavily conceptual, the foundation of creating, making, feeling, doing, was established through seeing fundamental changes in myself and others when creating art.
Plymouth has been the site for multiple collaborative and socially engaged projects with artists such as Laura Rosser, Karen Abadie and the collective: Still Moving. Some of these connections were formed at the beginning of my BA, and still remain active and an important part of my learning experience, as an artist in the community. Myself and artist Laura Rosser began working together on ‘Plymouth Whispers’, as part of Plymouth Art Weekender in 2018. Our most recent collaboration is for an International online workshop, titled ‘Re-Imagining Futures’, with Hackers & Designers for their Distributed Summer Academy 2020: ‘Network Imaginaries’. My passion for art extending into the community began when I was 14, achieving Young Artist of the Year by public vote, from there I continued to attend workshops, life drawing classes and involve myself in community dialogue. I continued my education in Yorkshire, achieving a distinction in my Art & Design Foundation, and being awarded Fine Art Outstanding Award in 2016. My BA offered an extension even further into the community, as it meant I could amplify my voice as an artist city-wide. I achieved a first-class honours in Fine Art and was awarded the Fine Art Critical Project Award for my research titled ‘The Thought Network’. My ongoing and future projects are working alongside Still Moving as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations; exhibiting my work with Pragmata Collective; and opening up a creative dialogue online in a talk titled ‘Covid-19 Through the Artist: Between the Digital and the Distanced lives a Feeling’.