Painters' Club Wales

10.07.2018

It was really wonderful to have a Painters’ Club Wales meeting at my Arcade Cardiff studio. I had the opportunity to talk about my practice and I was asked challenging and thoughtful questions about my work and process. I had a really great evening hearing more about all the exciting paint related activity happening in Wales. For more information about Painters’ Club Wales, visit the facebook page.

Two Weeks at Spit and Sawdust

29.06.2018

Selected highlights of my working process during my two week residency at Spit and Sawdust.

Selected Painting and Drawing Works

2016 - 2018

Circle Study, Graphite on Paper  04.2018

Circle Study, Graphite on Paper

04.2018

Repetition Study, Watercolour on Paper  03.2018

Repetition Study, Watercolour on Paper

03.2018

Shape Study, Graphite, Ink, Pen and Watercolour on Paper  08.2017

Shape Study, Graphite, Ink, Pen and Watercolour on Paper

08.2017

Shape Study, Pen and Watercolour on Paper  11.2017

Shape Study, Pen and Watercolour on Paper

11.2017

Shape Study, Acrylic on Board  11.2016

Shape Study, Acrylic on Board

11.2016

Spitting Feathers

24.09.2017

S P I T T I N G F E A T H E R S 
"Have you had ANY training for this?" 

I had so much fun creating this site-specific live chalk drawing outside the entrance to Spit and Sawdust!

South Wales Miners' Library

08.10.2016

In the early 1950s my grandfather came from the North East of England to South Wales to sell mining machinery, he worked for a Gateshead based company called Huwood. I came to South Wales from the North East for work in 2015, and I became interested in learning more about my grandfather’s time in Wales. As part of my research, I visited the South Wales Miners’ Library in Swansea and I uncovered some wonderful material relating to Huwood and my grandfather. The most exciting find was a catalogue advertising Huwood’s mining equipment, I’ve become more and more interested in the visual quality of these technical drawings.

© South Wales Miners’ Library  The catalogue containing information about Huwood’s mining equipment, from the South Wales Miners’ Library

© South Wales Miners’ Library

The catalogue containing information about Huwood’s mining equipment, from the South Wales Miners’ Library

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Visiting the Site of the Former Huwood Factory

31.07.2016

I visited the site of the former Huwood factory in the Team Valley, Gateshead. There were only traces of the building left behind in wood, bricks and concrete, I traced the lines the had once marked out the walls that made up the rooms and the building exterior.

“The building was one of the first constructed when Team Valley was developed in the 1930s and for most of its life it was home to the Huwoods Mining Machinery Company.”

‘Flattening former Huwoods building will save £186,000’, The Journal, 2009

“The factory is constructed of 9in concrete walls built into a steel framework, the floor consists of reinforced concrete, 5in thick and overlaid with ½ in of granolithic surfacing. The roof, which is flat has a steel deck, tentest lining and a double layer of composition roof covering”

Colliery Managers’ visit to New “Huwood” Factory

July 1939

A brick from the former Huwood building in Cardiff, 2016

A brick from the former Huwood building in Cardiff, 2016

Brick

November 2013

Off Quay

15.05.2013 - 17.05.2013

The Off Quay Building, Newcastle upon Tyne

This exhibition was curated by Enfys Mabley, Sam Wall, Lucie Chevallier, James Routledge, Kirsty Jackman and myself.

Insider Art

For the second year running, Gallery North was host to to the Insider Art exhibition, an exhibition of art work from prisoners, which was part of the annual conference of the British Society of Criminology. As part of my internship at the gallery, I assisted with the curating and hanging process of the exhibition, details of which can be found here

I also took the official photographs of the finished exhibition and the accompanying symposium.

One of my photographs was used in a report created by Arts Alliance called ‘Re-imagining futures: Exploring arts interventions and the process of desistance’.

Selected official exhibition and symposium pictures

Gallery North Internship

In the first few weeks of being an intern at Gallery North, I had the opportunity to take the official photographs for the Northumbria University MA Fine Art and MA Fine Art & Education 2012 Degree Show; this took place at BALTIC 39.

I was also given the opportunity to take a photograph that could feature on the leaflet that would advertise Northumbria University’s new Master of Fine Art (MFA) course. I experimented with a lot of the works, however I was particularly drawn to the artist Rachel McDermott’s wonderful installation and I spent a large amount of time on the floor photographing the work from different angles!