Artist CV


Jan 2020 – Current
PhD by Art Practice
University of Cumbria, Carlisle

Sept 2013 – Sept 2015
MA Contemporary Fine Art
University of Cumbria, Carlisle
Pass with Distinction. Including dissertation The Presence of Lostness: A critical analysis of lostness, darkness and water in theory and art practice

Sept 2000 – Jul 2003
BA (Hons) Fine Art
Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle
2:2, including dissertation

Sept 1999 – Jul 2000
BTEC Foundation Studies in Art & Design
Isle College, Wisbech
Pass with Merit


Oct 2018 – Mar 2019
NW Artists Development Lab
Signal Film & Media, Barrow-in-Furness
One of twelve North-West based artists selected.
Participating in talks and workshops over the development lab weekend.
Group exhibition Mar 2018.
Q&A panel member – Creating Immersive Experiences.

3 – 11 Nov 2018
Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness
One of fourteen artists participating in a week-long Ace funded residency.
Group exhibition at Art Gene. Nominated by Full of Noises.
Wishless Thinking shown as part of Doremi2018 film programme.

17 – 24 Mar 2018
Artist’s International Delegation
Budapest, Hungary
One of eight North-West based artists selected to take part in the A-N and Castlefield partnership delegation.

May 2017 – Dec 2017
Immersion/Emergence Residency
University of Cumbria, Carlisle in association with Old Fire Station, Carlisle
One of two finalists awarded £5000 ACE bursary.
Studio space based at Old Fire Station, Carlisle.
Exhibition in November 2017.
Tutorials to BA students – 27 April, 18 May.

Mar – Apr 2017
Shortlisted for Immersion / Emergence Residency
University of Cumbria, Carlisle in association with Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Bursary payment awarded (ACE funded) for development of project proposal during March.
Exhibition of proposal during April.
Presentation to panel discussing development of residency proposal.

Sept – Jun 2015
Fine Art Graduate Residency Award
University of Cumbria, Carlisle
Continuation of own practice and research.
Presenting on various aspects of own practice and research.
Providing tutorials to BA and MA students.
Participating in group crits and lecturing sessions.


Jan 2018 – Current
Art Crit North Cumbria
North Cumbria
Member of monthly crit group where local artists meet to discuss their work and practice.

30 Apr 2020
Virtual Volunteering Day
Grizedale Arts, Cumbria
Helping to research items from the Lawson Park collection and publish listings on the website.

Jul 2015 – Sept 2018
Visual Arts Committee Member
Brewery Arts, Kendal
Helping to select exhibitions for the visual arts programme across three gallery spaces from artist’s submissions.
Selection panel member for exhibition prize from ArtFest North.
Providing general advice for exhibitions/curation based on specialist knowledge and personal experience.

20 – 22 Sept 2017
European Dark Skies Places Conference
Gatehouse of Fleet
Panel member for The Return of the Dark and the Importance of the Nigh Sky alongside David Borthwick, Hayden Lorrimer, Natalie Marr and Robbie Coleman.

21 Feb 2017
Visiting Artist
University of Cumbria, Carlisle
Presentation on own practice to BA and MA Fine Art students and staff.
Providing tutorials to BA Fine Art students.

2 May – 29 Jul 2016
Intern – Research Office & Graduate School
University of Cumbria, Carlisle
Organising conferences for PhD students and academic staff.

15 Jul 2016
Research Practice Practice Research, NAFAE Conference
University of Cumbria, Lancaster
Presentation of paper In Lostness Possibilities are Found. Paper available at:

24 – 26 Oct 2014
Hrafn: Conversations with Odin
Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland
Marshall for event by Chris Watson and Iain Pate.

17 Apr 2014
Inter-institutional Crit Day
The Hepworth, Wakefield
Presentation of paper on my practice to fellow MA and PhD students from several northern universities.

2008 – 2010
Fisher Street Studios
Fishers Street, Carlisle
Founding member of studio group including securing studio premises.
Group secretary.
Organised and participated in several open studio days.

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