About & CV

 

I am currently studying a PhD in cultural geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, supervised by the brilliant Harriet Hawkins, and funded by the ESRC. I have with a BA in sculpture from the University of Brighton, and an MSc in climate change and policy from Sussex University.

My research interests are a sometimes poetic, sometimes chaotic, but always (at least to me) exciting conglomeration of: climate change; art; means of knowledge production; community; social justice; ideas of dynamic earths and collaborations with other disciplines, non-humans and other people.

My research and my art practice are intimately linked and both inform one another. My art practice is interested in questions of scale, and talking about ‘big things’ by engaging with the everyday, and things un-noticed. Taking inspiration from the words of Kathleen Jamie, I hope to speak about ‘the care and maintenance of the web of our noticing – the paying heed of things overlooked’.

CV

EDUCATION
Royal Holloway University of London, 2013 – present
ECRC funded PhD in social and cultural geography
Working title: Exploring and Evaluating the the politics and possibilities of artistic practices for public engagement with climate change

University of Sussex, 2011 – 2012
MSc in climate change and policy: Distinction
Dissertation title:  Emotional engagement with non-expert climate change visualisations: a critique of two methods of measurement using a case study of contemporary art.

Chelsea School of Art and Design, 2011
Postgraduate diploma in fine art: Merit

City and Islington College 2010
PTTLS (level 4)

University of Brighton, 2005
BA fine art sculpture: First class

TALKING & TEACHING
Inspirational Landscapes | January 2009 – present
Keele University
Co-designed and run a 3rd year undergraduate module aimed at encouraging students to take a broader perspective of the idea of “landscape” and “nature” by looking at art, music, poetry and film. Module is taught jointly by a physical geographer, a human geographer and an artist.

Inspirational Landscapes; Art, Science and Geography | September 2011
Presented paper at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London

Intercalating Art and Science in a Cross disciplinary Environment | August 2009
Presented paper at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, Manchester

OTHER WORK
Manor House Development Trust | October 2013 – Present
Arts and environmental strategy officer writing a policy to ensure that local people are at the centre of art activities in the area that directly benefit local people and the local environment. We are currently applying for funding to provide training, workshops and opportunities for local people in the creative industries in an ecologically and economically sustainable way. For more information on arts and creativity on the Woodberry Down estate, please see the MHDT website.

Groundwork London | December 2012 – December 2013
Home Energy Assessor working on Manor House PACT climate change community adaptation project. Delivering energy saving advice, training and managing volunteers to encourage domestic energy saving and working with local councils on larger energy efficiency schemes.

ecoACTIVE | March 2010 – September 2011
Environmental educator working with schools and youth groups in east London, providing fun, hands on and engaging activities to promote environmental awareness.

Freelance Cycling Instructor | May 2010 – September 2011
Working with individuals and community groups to promote the uptake of sustainable transport.

Sustrans Volunteer | March 2012 – present
Volunteering to promote sustainable transport among university peers

Shipping Forecast Knitwear | November 2010 – Present
I have a small knitwear company making hats and socks from 100% British wool and rare breeds sheep.

Artist’s Assistant | January 2007 – September 2011
Worked freelance for David Mach, Kate MccGwire (studio manager) & Susan Collis. Conducted the physical installation of exhibitions and manufacturing artworks.

Natural History Museum, London | October 2007 – October 2010
“Learning volunteer” providing informal and fun learning experiences with kids (and adults) in the galleries

SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS
The BIG show | May 2012
Havelock Walk Open Studios, London

PgDip Degree Show | June 2011
Chelsea School of Art & Design, Millbank, London

Know This Place for the First Time | March 2010
Art and science exhibition exploring changing climates and local landscape
Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire

Breathe | July 2008
Climate change exhibition
East Thames Gallery, London

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
ESRC funded PhD | October 2013
Exploring and Evaluating the the politics and possibilities of artistic practices for public engagement with climate change

Art’s Council Grant for the Arts | March 2010
Know This Place for the First Time

Innovation in Teaching Award | January 2009, 2010, 2011
Keele University

Whitman – Zahourek Foundation Scholarship | June 2008
Anatomy in Clay Centre, Colorado, USA

Shortlisted | December 2008
J D Fergusson Arts Award

Shortlisted | December 2007
J D Fergusson Arts Award