I moved to the North East of England to go to Art college and ended up staying.
Since leaving college I have spent my time making sculpture.
Originally I exhibited nationally as well as locally and during this time I benefited from various awards and residencies, which allowed me to develop my working practice and broaden my experience.
I became increasingly aware that I wanted to put my work in more publicly accessible places and I used the opportunity offered by my year long residency at Durham Cathedral to do this and sited work outside on the river banks surrounding the Cathedral (‘The Upper Room’ & ‘Kathedra’).
Since then I have successfully completed many large scale public artworks within the UK as well as many private commissions.
I worked with Lucy Milton of Helix Arts to instigate the St. Peter’s Riverside Sculpture Project and became the Lead Resident Artist. The project lasted twelve years, one of the longest running Public Art residencies in Europe, with a permanent team of three artists, a writer for a year and involving over 15 other artists. Thirteen major artworks were created and integrated into the regeneration of a former shipbuilding area on a two mile stretch of the River Wear in Sunderland. The team worked collaboratively with many professionals including architects, designers and developers and actively involved the local community in the process, working with schools, groups and individuals to ensure a sense of ownership and artworks that are properly informed by their place, culture and history. A number of local residents have taken on the role of guides and guardians of the work. The project gained much recognition.
I have continued making sculpture and I am currently working on various projects and developing new work in my studio including a film.
"I endeavour to make work that is appropriate to its place, both in a physical and conceptual sense. I want it to be accessible, intriguing, involving and enjoyable.
I relish the challenge and enjoy working with many different materials having worked with wood, stone, glass, concrete etc. anything and everything including chocolate!
The theme of my work, put simply, is to transform the familiar and ordinary into something extra-ordinary.
When appropriate, I like to involve the public in the creation of public artworks whether that be; exchanging ideas, information and skills; working practically; or just working on site."
1978-80 MASTER of FINE ART, Newcastle-upon-Tyne University.
1975-78 B.A. (Hons) CLASS 1, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic
1974-75. [Foundation Course], Hertfordshire College of Art & Design, St.Albans
1992 Royal Society of Artists; Art in Architecture Award
1981-82 Northern Arts; Artists Bursary
1980- 81 Northern Arts; Awards to Artists
COMMISSIONS private public
2019 Hendon, Tyne and Wear (Hendon BeachThrones)
2018 Kincardine, Fyfe (‘Lady Alvas Seat’ & ‘Serpent’)
2017 North Queensferry (Golden Apples of the Sun)
2017 Trinity church, Washington (Font cover)
2015 Felton church, Northumberland (Font)
2015 Boldon , Tyne and Wear (Johns Seat)
2014 Loddon, Norfolk (Tower of Stars)
2012 Lancaster University (Pauls Bench)
2011 North Yorkshire (Odin)
2011 Durham Cathedral (Chapel of the Holy Cross)
2009-10 Elba Park, Sunderland (Underground and others)
2008 Rockliffe Hall, Darlington (Dragonfly Sundial)
2008 St. Johns Church, Egglescliffe, Stockton (‘Altar’)
2007 Long Benton, Tyneside (‘Eye of the Wind’)
2006 Falstone, Northuberland (‘Stell’)
2005 Newburn, Tyneside (‘Rising Moon’)
2005 Wynyard Park, Stockton (‘Celestial Kitchen’ & others)
2003 J. McCormack, Sunderland (‘Hat Trick’)
2002 Newburn, Tyneside (Communication Blocks)
2001 Dryburn Hospital, Durham; (Me and You, Both)
2001-1991 St Peters Riverside Sculpture Project, (SPRSP)
Tyne and Wear Development Corporation.
2000 Lancaster, Lune Valley; (Points of View)
2000 Greenfield School,Newton Aycliffe;(Winds of Change)
1999 Kentwell Hall, Suffolk; (The Tower of Babel)
1999 Henshaw Arts Centre, Knaresborough;(Maze & Ruin)
1997-8 (Shadows in Another Light) SPRSP
1997 D.E.F.R.A. C.S.L. York; (Tree, Books & Picnic)
1997 (Passing Through) SPRSP
1996 S. Walker, North Yorks; (The Magicians Coat)
1995 ( Windows and Walls) SPRSP
1994-5 (Watching and Waiting) SPRSP
1994 Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Huddersfield;
(Looking Through, Passing Through & Up Against)
1993-4 (The Red House) SPRSP
1993 Wydale, , North Yorks; (High Window)
1993 (Pathways of Knowledge) SPRSP
1992 (Stone Staircarpet) SPRSP
1992 English Estates, Sunderland; (Always Open Gates)
1991 Meg Griffin, Penzance (Between Us)
1991 N.C.C.A., Sunderland;(A Trick of the Light?)
1991 Scarborough Borough Council; (WaterLog)
1990 Durham County Council; Botanic Gardens (In the Shadows of the Past)
1988 Durham Cathedral; (The Upper Room)
COLLECTIONS private public
2012 Sunderland Museum (Architects Chair)
2002 A & C. Cooke, Dorset (Starbound)
1995 R&C Knowles, Morpeth, Northumberland;
1994 T&V. Preece, Worksop, Notts;
1987 Durham Cathedral; (Kathedra)
1986 N&S. Martin, Southwell, Notts; (Things Fall Apart)
1986 L.Powell, Sunderland; (Almost Kissing Chairs)
1983 Rowntree Mackintosh, York;
(Polo Pocket Puzzle & Smartie Tube)
1981 Northern Arts; (Tree of my Window)
EXHIBITIONS solo group
2016 Stone carving at Cheeseburn, Northumberland
2005 Roomers, Hamilton’s, Sunderland
1993 The Magic Box & Other Tricks, N.G.C.A. Sunderland
1992 Heritage Exhibition, UNESCO, Paris
1991-2 Outdoor Sculpture, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland
1991 Made in Sunderland, D.L.I. Gallery, Durham
1990 Garden Festival, Gateshead
1989 The Sacred in Art, Long and Ryle, London
1989 The Upper Room, D.L.I. Gallery, Durham
1989 Sunderland Studios, Vardy Gallery, Sunderland
1988 Public Art Sunderland, Vardy Gallery, Sunderland
1988 Celebration of the North East, Mall Galleries, London
1987 Durham Cathedral Artist, D.L.I. Gallery, Durham
1987 Carved Wood, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
1987 2D/3D, Art & Craft, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
1986 Artist in Industry, Imperial College, London
1986 Modern Art? It’s a Joke!, Cleveland Gallery,
1986 Points of View, N.G.C.A., Sunderland
1985 Wood Works, Bluecote Gallery, Liverpool
1985 Fresh Air, St. Pauls Gallery, Leeds
1984 Double Vision, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
1984 Artists in Industry, (tour) London –Edinburgh
1982&3 Northern Open, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
1981&2 Small Works, Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery
1981 Rooms, Spectro Gallery, Newcastle
1980 New Contemporaries, I.C.A. London
1979 N. Young Contemporaries, Whitworth, Manchester
2004-1988 Visiting Lecturer, Fine Art at Coventry, Hull, York
Newcastle, Leeds, Sunderland; Craft at Parnham and Crewe.
2004-1983 Projects with schools, groups and general public
1993-88 Part-time Lecturer (Foundation & Degree) at Sunderland University, Fine Art Dept.
Experience in organising and running projects, exhibitions,
studio groups, etc.
Experience working with other professionals; artists, architects, designers, landscape architects, developers and building contractors; on large-scale projects.