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Biography

Born in Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Graduated in 1995 from University of Ulster with a B.A Hons in Combined Studies in Art & Design and again in 1997 with an MA in Fine & Applied Art. After completing my MA, I obtained an 8 month Residency at the Hangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China, supported by the University of Ulster & The British Council.
Currently a Fine Art & Critical Studies Lecturer on the ‘BA (Hons) Fine Art & Professional Practice’ degree programme, School of Creative Arts, Blackpool.

Education

2000 – 2001 PGCE (Post Compulsory Education) Bolton Institute, Lancashire.
1995 – 1997 MA Fine & Applied Art. University of Ulster, Belfast (ESF funded).
1991 – 1995 BA (Hons) Combined Studies in Art & Design, UUB, Belfast.

Solo Exhibitions

Hypodoche, Blackpool Festival of Light, Blott Gallery, Sept 2007.
Clotworthy Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 2000.
Logan Gallery, Galway, Ireland, 1999.
HangZhou Academy of Fine Art, Peoples Republic of China

Selected Exhibitions

09.2017 XXX Irish Women Artists, Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, USA (pending)
07.2017 Unmarked, Gap Gallery. Newry, NI (pending)
03.2016 'A Creepy Endeavour', International Women's Day Exhibition, Blott Gallery.
01.2016 'Where for Art Thou Starr Grass', Staff Exhibition, School of Creative Arts, Blackpool
12.2015 'Test:Bed', ArtCOP21 (Curator)
10.2015 'Art Carbooty', Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
08.2015 Destroy Blackpool, Supercollider, Blackpool.
04.2015 Soft Launch, Abingdon Street Studios
10.2014 Diorama – Hidden Theatre’s Project, Mini Symposium, University Centre, Blackpool.
09.2013 Undressing Identity Exhibition/ Symposium, Uni Centre, Blackpool.
05.2013 Agoraphobia: The Spaces Within, Symposium, Uni Centre, Blackpool.
11.2011 ETE Dimensions of Spirit, Symposium, York
11.2010 'Doppelgangers, Doubles and Fetches', Group Show, Blackpool School of Art.
12.2010 Postcards from Blackpool; Contemporary Vanitas’ Collaborative project with Nick Kowalski, Blackpool Culture Shop Project
07.2009 'Hypodouche', Hebden Bridge Fringe Festival.
05.2008 Timescapes, BADept Studios.
03.2008 Archaeo.repro, Blackpool Vistas Symposium.

Residencies

‘AA2A’ Scheme, UCLAN, Preston 2003/
‘Circus’ Haweside Primary School, Blackpool 2003
Art Co-op, Lancashire Museum Services, Preston Museum, 2002
Art Co-op, Fleetwood, 2001.
St. Aidans Technology College, Preesall, Lancashire, June 2000.
The China National Academy of Fine Art’, Hangzhou, The Peoples
Republic of China (Supported by The British Council and the University of Ulster) 1997/8.

Research/ Conferences
'Subject of Study: Collaboration in Research and Artistic Practice', Common Ground, Uni of Manchester Nov 2016.
‘Art & Geoploitics’, MMU, HOME, Manchester Nov 2015
‘Diorama – Hidden Theatres’ project Oct/Nov 2014
‘Undressing Identity’ Symposium Sept 2013
‘Agoraphobia: The Spaces Within’ Symposium May 2013
‘Land, Liminality, Lament' - Affective Landscape Conference, University of Derby, May 2012
ETE – Dimensions of Spirit Conference, ‘Doppelgangers, Doubles & Fetches’ Psychological States of Mind, York, Sept 2011
'Hauntology, Memory & Place', Northern Irish Contemporary Visual Art, Blackpool & The Fylde College 2010 (research – Arles)
'Archaeo.Repro - Lament for Lost Power', Blackpool Vista Symposium 2008

Funding/ Awards

Trans-Express Funding, LeftCoast, 2016
ACE 'Go See', Abingdon Street Studios 2016
Future Express, LeftCoast Research and Development, 2015/16

Publications

‘Diorama- Hidden Theatres’ publication 2014
‘Agoraphobia The Spaces Within’, Catalogue 2013
Blackpool Culture Shops Book Publication, FYC/Arts Council England 2012/13