Born: 1969 Newcastle-upon Tyne


1993 - 1996 Glasgow School of Art: BA Hons Fine Art

2008 - 2009 University of Sunderland: PGCE - PCET

2014- 2015 Foundation Degree in Education and Training for Specialists in Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

LD Projects and Project Management:

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Freelance Artist Team Specialising in creative projects with Learning Disabled people. (June 2006 ongoing) Selected Projects: 

Outsider Exchanges, a Castlefield Gallery/Venture Arts & BALTIC collaboration: Consultant and Lead Artist A collaborative studio project for mainstream and LD Artists which enabled mainstream and LD artists to collaborate and exhibit. I advised on approaches to enable LD artists to create within a gallery setting, mentored established mainstream artists on their methodologies within the project and developed a strategy for Baltic’s continued support of LD Contemporary Art. (2017-18)

Gateshead Stars: Lead Artist undertaking short residencies in specialist schools resulting in final exhibitions at Baltic. (ongoing)

Headway: Lead Artist short gallery-based residency introducing contemporary art via bespoke activities to adults with head injuries. (2013)

Arcadea/ The Hub: Lead Artist Leading a programme designed to develop the work learning disabled artists. Devising and delivering a programme of tailored and negotiated creative activities, improving independence, social circles, confidence and motor skills. (2012- ongoing)

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens: Lead Artist Residency which facilitated the production of single subject publications with young people with autism resulting in an exhibition. (2010) 

Tyne and Wear Museums: Assistant Education Officer Managing a museum based creative project encouraging the integration of a mainstream and SEN school in Sunderland. (2001-2002)


Curating and Gallery Education:

Newcastle University/BALTIC Lead Artist Supporting a research project in Enquiry Based Learning, I develop projects and activities with a researcher, teachers and their classes. (2018- ongoing)

The Late Shows: Co-ordinator, Liaising with 53 venues across Newcastle/ Gateshead to curate and co-ordinate weekend programme of late-night events. (2012-15)

BALTIC Arab Artists’ Residency Beirut/ Gateshead Project Manager Managing a residency project with 3 Middle Eastern artists working with students in Gateshead. (2010) 

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Enquire Co-ordinator Managing and delivering a research project into Enquiry Based Learning techniques with Newcastle University's School of Education and Gateshead Teachers and students. (2010 -11)

Visual Dialogues, TATE and Laing Art Gallery: Lead Artist Creatively interpreting contemporary collections with FE students. (2007- 2008)

Assistant Curator Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland Responsible for socially engaged programme and publications. (2006 -8)

Electrical Activity Film Festival Co-ordinator, Glow Festival, Newcastle (2006)

Contemporary Art Exhibitions Officer, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Curating Laing Solo Emerging Artists programme, Tate collaborations and 3 Locus + commissions. (2002 -6)

Commissions, Residencies, Exhibitions:

Herrington Public Art Commission, Forge Arts/ Sunderland City Council. A permanent outdoor commission devised with a primary school.  (2010)

Decalogue, Forge Arts, A permanent outdoor installation at St Hilds Primary, Durham (2008)

Reg Vardy: Soul & N55 -to update

Laing and Locus+ - 3 commissions -to update

Revelation w AC collection- to update

Laing Solo – 7 artist’s solo shows.- to update

Mantrap, Solo Exhibition, Waygood, Newcastle upon Tyne. (2002)

Still Thinking, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Co-curated show (2000)

More! Joicey Museum temporary VANE public art commission, Newcastle upon Tyne. (2002)

Tongue and Groove, Gateshead, BALTIC advance art programme. Co-curated show(1999)

1st Baltic Residency, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art  Advance Art Programme. (1998-1999)



Newcastle University, Visiting Lecturer MA Education (2019)

Dilston Specialist College, Corbridge: Tutor in Art and Media (2016 -2019)

University of Northumbria, Visiting Lecturer Fine Art: Print (2007 – 2012)

University of Northumbria, Visiting Lecturer MA Fine Art and Education (2009)

Newcastle College, Part Time Lecturer, Foundation Degree Fine Art (2008-2009)

University of Sunderland, Part Time Lecturer, MA Curating (2006)

Newcastle University, Visiting Lecturer BA Fine Art & MA Museum Studies (2006)

Newcastle College, Part Time Lecturer, Fine Art Foundation Degree (2004 - 5)

Glasgow School of Art, Visiting Lecturer, Dept of Theoretical Studies (2000)


Selected Group Exhibitions 

We Love Broadway Gallery, New York (2010)

Northern Space, Gallery North, Northumbria University (2009)

The Enchanted Moment, Baltic, Newcastle upon Tyne. (2008)

The Space Between, Smart Project Amsterdam/VANE (2003)

Paint Too, NGCA, Sunderland. (2001)

Bad Sense, Bond Gallery, Birmingham. (2000)

Kith, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow. (2000)

Chronologic, Planet, Cape Town, South Africa (1999)