Bury Open 2023, “Passage” Interactions

Great to have the opportunity to return and see the interactions which have taken place during the third and final stencilling of my piece.

I find it exciting to see the different kinds of mark making and the interplay they have with the letterforms preceding them – you never know what will happen to the piece next! Special thanks to Usie Isaac for the final picture (taken on the 20th January). The other pictures were from my visit on 4th January.

Open 2023, Preview at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Really enjoyable and absolutely packed preview this evening for the Open 2023. Huge thank you to the judges Paulette Brien, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Tony Heaton and Jez Dolan for selecting my work and to all the team at Bury Art Museum for their hard work in bringing everything together so beautifully!

If you weren’t able to make it to the preview, there is still plenty of time to catch the pieces there as the show is on until the 3rd February 2024.

Two works selected for Bury Open 2023

Really happy to have received news that a couple of my works have been selected for Open 2023 at Bury Art Museum. This is the museum’s first ever open exhibition and it will be showing the best of the North West as selected by a panel of highly esteemed judges:

Paulette Brien (Curator – Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool), Mike Chavez-Dawson (Artist/Curator), Jez Dolan (Artist) and Tony Heaton OBE (Artist).

The OPEN 2023 Preview & Prize Giving is due to take place on Friday 20 October from 18:00-21:00. The show will run from 21st October 2023 – 3rd February 2024 with most works available to purchase.

Upcoming show: Live with It at Mura Ma, Marple

Delighted to share news that I will be participating in Live with It (an artist-activated home environment):

“Somewhere between an expanded still life and a stage set – an invitation to participate in an imagined occupancy. Mise-en-scene.”

“A lived-in house is animated by assorted daylight practicalities: the tasks and furnishings associated with eating, cleaning, sleeping, revolving arrangements of domestic clutter; the comings and goings of friends, lovers, children, and relatives; or the intricate rituals of the solitary dweller.”

Co-curated by Jane Fairhurst and Nan Collantine, this exhibition will give way to an interior space furnished and inhabited with items made and found by thirty artists.

Jane Fairhurst and Kat Button will be activating the space with soft sculptures. There will also be items that carve up the space to create inner rooms and furniture pieces to denote the uses for each space. From these, the installation will be built in the gallery from the artworks and objects brought in by the artists.  Both artworks and objects will be available to buy from 2nd September – 21st October 2023.

The artists’ home is “a boundary between the world at large and the private centre, as a container of the everyday, and as an activated environment”.

Private View of Northern Lights: A New Light Retrospective

This evening saw the opening of Northern Lights, a celebration of the prize exhibition’s tenth year in operation.

New Light was initially established to provide exhibition opportunities for artists in the region (especially those using traditional media), and the show at Saul Hay was held to present new work from previous prize winners. Unfortunately due to an administrative error I was marked as not being able to participate in the show and my piece was therefore missed in the catalogue.

You can view my piece “Lockdown 2.0” along with work of other prize winners Diana Armstrong, Karolina Szymkiewicz, David Chandler, Christopher Cook, Joshua Waterhouse, Anna Poulton, Joanna Whittle, Sarah Harris, James Naughton, Vic Harris, Ian Brooks, Nat Quinn, Mandy Payne, Josie Jenkins, Emma Lawrenson, Jo Taylor, Deborah Grice, Neil Bousfield, Rhea Sherriff-Hammond, Gavin Watson, Jan Huntley Peace, Linnet Rubaya, Christian Alexander Bailey, Alan Stones and Ben Ark.

The show will run from from 26th March – 17th April 2022.



Talk at Manchester Art Gallery as part of Manifest Arts

Really lovely to be invited to speak and share slides of my work at Manifest Calling. Quite possibly the most compact talk I have given but heaps of fun to deliver. They provided a brilliant insight into what is happening in the region.

The event was introduced by Kate Jesson and took place in Manchester Art Gallery’s Lecture Theatre. Other talks were given by Rachel Connor, Amanda Sutton, James Roper, Lucy Ridges, Rachel Goodyear, Richard Shields, Neil Greenhalgh, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Jude Wainwright and Ruta Skudraite.

Pictures appear courtesy of fellow Wellington Studio member Karol Kochanowski.


Upcoming Solo Show: Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Not long until “Beyond the Linear” at Salford Museum and Art Gallery (running from Saturday, 8th December 2018 to Sunday, 28th April 2019). Lots of exciting things planned for my first big solo… I can’t wait to bring it all together! For more information please watch this space, connect with me on social media or visit their site. 

Staff Room 2017, Creative Arts Exhibition, Trafford College

I am currently showing two pieces of work at Trafford College‘s inaugural exhibition in CA1 Gallery. Curated by Mark Green (Art and Design Curriculum Leader) and Antony Clarkson (from PS Mirabel), the show houses works by a number of Creative Arts staff both past and present. Previewing on 23rd February (6-8pm) , the exhibition will run until 17th March (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm).

Image appears courtesy of Mark Green.

Preview of Stretford Arts Collective Exhibition

Friday saw the opening of SA32‘s first arts exhibition at Stretford Public hall; a beautiful Victorian grade 2 listed building commissioned by John Rylands. Held in the Ballroom, the exhibition showcased the work of local artists as part of the venue’s rebirth as a cultural centre, creative work space and community hub. This free event was opened by DJ, producer and graphic artist “Mr Scruff” and ran until Sunday 13th November.

Other artists and makers involved in the event:
Lisa Heanley, Bridget Collin, Ian G Tattersall, Olivia Savage, Becky Moore, Rebecca de Lacy, Edward de Lacy, Michael Antony, Will da Costa, Hayley Hare, Jo Emmerson, Loop Systems, F Williams, Jeffery Knopf, Margit van der Zwan, Peter Mackereth, Paul Thomas, Oliver Stanion, Ben Pepper, Paul Allen, Nadia Peters, Monika Titane, Liz Janson, Julie Walsh, Paula Hardy Kangelos, Kerris McEvoy-Kelsall, Simon Buckley, David Donovan-Brown, RP Roberts, Andrew Hatton, Amanda Wheatley, Davina Whitnall, Andrew Dawson, Shirley Bainbridge and Catherine Hsuan.

SAC32 Exhibition, Stretford

Upcoming exhibition news! I will be displaying a few pieces at Stretford Public Hall along with a variety of other local artists and makers as part of SAC32‘s first exhibition. Opening on Friday 11th November 6-9pm (for the preview), Saturday 12th from 12-9pm and Sunday 13th 12-4pm. If you can make it, I look forward to seeing you there!