A graduate in BA Fine Art and the Graduate Certificate in Book Arts, I am an artist, curator and researcher living and working in Hastings Old Town. My work spans artists' books, installation, handmade objects, painting, drawing, costume and collage, all with a link to archives, obsessive collecting & re-imaging the past.
Recent works include a petting zoo made from unloved and broken animals, an on-street pencil sharpening station, a 10ft giant, and a hobby horse made from my late father's 1960s woollen coat.
I am currently working on a series of hand puppets, critters and curios. See New Work
My house has been in turn a furniture warehouse, an ice store, various shops, a workspace for filleting fish and an occasional gallery. It is tucked one street back from the seafront, directly behind the rooms where Rossetti stayed before his marriage to Lizzie Siddal in 1860. The former shop space is now my studio, which I open for pop-up exhibitions and events.
My fascination in this long forgotten and run down back street led to a year-long arts, heritage and community project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. I formed the West Street Community Group, who with a team of enthusiasts and volunteers conducted a year of research, held a celebratory street party, compiled an archive and published 2,000 copies of The West Street Chronicle. Working with Home Live Art we ran Illuminating West Street: A Winter Salon a weekend of performances and events (funded by Arts Council England). See www.weststreethastings.co.uk for further info.
As a director of Creative Coast I ran the Coastal Currents arts festival from 2009-15, coordinating large-scale artworks, performances and events with international artists including Kate McGwire, Tod Hanson, Frank Boelter, Willi Dorner and the Clod Ensemble. I programmed six intensive months of events at Stade Hall in 2011 and coordinated experimental pop-up projects in empty shops in Hastings town centre during 2010-11.
As an artist/ maker I run workshops, give talks/ presentations and have written for arts and local news publications.
I am a trustee of the Hastings Storytelling Festival and am a member of the Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green Committee - I ran a special project in 2023 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary.