'Hella, Arcadia to Dunoon', 2016, Screen print on cotton, wooden screens. 3m x 1.8m x 3m

 

I am a Scottish visual artist based in Manchester, UK.  My work references 20th century architecture and interiors, and has explored post-colonial, post-industrial and modernist sites.  I am interested in the permanent nature of architecture and its ability to both withstand and embody changing governance, social and personal histories, admiring architectures Utopian capacity to constantly look forwards and re-imagine a better future.

By exploring structural and decorative aspects of architecture and interiors, I process selected elements through drawing, sculpture, printmaking and animation.  For the past three years, my practice has predominantly explored modernist architecture and interiors, pulling from its utopian idealism, sometimes creating pseudo furnishings that sit in between art and functional object.  I am interested in the boundaries between the disciplines of making in craft, design and fine art.

I have exhibited widely in the UK and in China, Japan, Europe, Australia and USA.  Solo exhibitions include, 'An Architecture of Joy' (2016), 'Redirection and Network Timeout' at 501 Artspace, Chongqing China (2011), 'Why buildings stand up/ Why buildings fall down' at Malgras|Naudet, Manchester (2013) and 'The Fair' a multi- site exhibition at Glasgow Open House Art Festival (2015).  Past residencies include Manchester School of Art (2012), In Certain Places, Preston (2012) and at Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China (2011).

I was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2012, and was awarded the Dyer Guild Award in 2002.  I have been awarded grants from Arts Council England, AHRC, SAAS and Scottish International Education Trust.  I am a graduate of Goldsmiths MFA (2007) and Duncan of Jordanstone BA Fine Art (2002).

I recently undertook a 18 month research and development project Looking Back| Moving Forwards, exploring Seaside Moderne architecture across the North West of England and Scotland.  The project involved researching iconic buildings such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, The Midland Hotel, New Brighton Palace, and lesser known structures such as the abandoned lido at Grange over Sands, Cumbria.  Alongside this, I am investigated corresponding architectural materials in the RIBA archive, as well as examples of modernist interior design such as Marion Dorn and Gunta Stolzl at the V&A and Whitworth archives. From this extensive research, I developed a new body of drawing, printmaking and sculptural work, exhibited in a solo exhibition, 'An Architecture of Joy' at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool from 2nd July 2016 -13th August 2016.

To read the project blog click here.  

I am currently artist in residence at The Tetley, Leeds (March-May 2017) where my project This House for Building, is exploring the architectural history of The Tetley, and the wider period of art and design when it was constructed. In particular, I am exploring modernist printed textiles and wallpaper, and how these relate to current manufacturing in North England through a series of factory visits.

To follow the project blog click here. The project is funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.


 



Current and upcoming projects:

 


Courtyard Commission

Grundy Art Gallery

September 2016 - Spring/Summer 2017

Queen St

Blackpool

FY1 1PU

Available to view Mon-Sun, externally sited work in courtyard.


This Building for Hope, solo site specific exhibition and externally sited work

The Midland, Morecambe

October 2017