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Artist Biography


2005 RANE residency: University College Falmouth, Cornwall Current residency with RANE (Research in Art, Nature & Environment) research group set up by Daro Montag, results to be presented at symposium Spring 2006.

2005 Sonic Postcards: Dartington / Dartmouth Primary Schools, Devon Working with sound artist Tony Whitehead on national project organised by Sonic Arts Network, originally founded by John Cage. Project to encourage young people to record, compose and draw sounds, exploring synaesthesia as a method of appreciating the natural world.

2004 Twelve: The Art Farm, Devon A commission to make site-specific work for a week-long art event on the site of one of the first organic farms in the UK. Collaboration with Tony Whitehead, sound artist, to produce a twelve hour sound recording overnight in a woodland on the farm. Excerpts aired on Resonance FM. Public-engagement workshops taking members of the public into the woodland to encourage a deeper engagement with the site.

2003 Carbon Light Life: Wysing Arts, Cambridgeshire Solo exhibition, 'Carbon Light Life' and short residency to respond to the context of Wysing's grounds and farmland.

2003 Tooth and Claw: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol Invited to exhibit works from Carbon, Light, Life at RWA Summer exhibition.

2003 Carbon, Light, Life: Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London Public art commission from Kew Gardens to create 9 animal carbon prints to coincide with the opening of their summer festival for biodiversity 'Go Wild'. Work now on permanent display in the grounds at Kew.

2003 R and D Residency: Eden Project, Cornwall. To research and develop site-specific work, in relation to a future exhibition.

2003 Wildtracks exhibition: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery, Exeter Solo exhibition and publication of work resulting from the Wildtracks residency. Artist's profile A-N magazine.

2002 Wildtracks residency: A six month artist-led residency in collaboration with Exeter City Council and Devon Wildlife Trust. Creating artwork from specific sites in and around Exeter, incorporating a regional outreach programme. Supported by South West Arts' Regional Arts Lottery Programme.

2001 East of Eden: Spacex Gallery, Exeter Selected for open exhibition 'East of Eden'. Invited and selected artists for group show, Spacex / CCANW collaboration.

2001 Art of Science: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Exeter Healthcare Arts Images taken from microscope slides collected by Victorian biologists, from museum's collections, chosen for their aesthetic qualities as a 'consequence' of scientific practice.

2000/01 Memoire Entomologique: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery Intervention in the Natural History Department. Entomological display case of pseudo-insects created from 'found' discarded electrical components, placed within the museum's display.


BA (Hons) Fine Art 1995 - 1998 University of Plymouth (Exeter School of Art and Design) Fine Art: Photography / Multi-Media.


2004 Artist Assistant, working with Susan Derges creating work for her commission for the new Education Centre at the Eden Project.

2000 Project Photographer, and staff for Operation Wallacea based in primary equatorial rainforest in Borneo.

1998 Artist Assistant, working with visual artist Susan Derges. Assisting to create photogram artwork on location, for 'River Taw' and 'Shoreline' series

1998 Darkroom Assistant, working with Chris Chapman, studio work - making working prints for 'Last Days at Truelove Farm'.

1996/7 Sea Turtle Protection Society Conservation volunteer and Project photographer, working in Greece tracking & protecting turtle nests.

1992/3 Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve (full-time 12 month, voluntary) Visitor display designer, walking to survey site daily, conservation, protecting flora & fauna, land management and education.

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