About + CV



I trained as a painter but over the years my practice has diversified to include installation, light, sound, performance, posters, billboards, curating and the role of Lead Artist for Gateshead Council. I have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.
As well as art, I have also been involved with music and I have collaborated with a number of musicians (usually online). More recently, I  have been working with film.
A major part of my career has been working as an artist-in-residence; consequently my experience of people is extensive and varied. I have also taught in colleges and universities at almost every level, including the Art & Design Foundation Course for the past 20 years. My involvement with formal teaching has came to an end in 2015 but I continue to enjoy working with people.
In August 2015 I was one of the artists-in-residence at Listhús, an international art centre in Iceland and in July, 2016 I was in residence at Herhúsid in Siglufjördur – and again in May, 2017. In October, 2017 two films were shown at the 2nd Western China International Art Biennale in Hohhot. I currently combine working in my studio with a role as a free-lance artist for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.


2015 Baltic free-lance artist
2002/12 Lead Artist, Gateshead Council
2011 The Nest – Curation of 6 artists installations
2009 Bensham Bios – collaboration with Sue Woolhouse (glass artist)
2007 Conduit, a one-day performance installation featuring Kyoko Mae
2006 SoundLAB memoryscapes IV , Cologne – soundworks with Rob Robinson
2005 Secret Lives, installation/performance, Gateshead Civic Centre
2005/6 Public Art Consultant, Sunniside Gdns, Sunderland
2005 Sweep The Room, installation/performance, Gateshead Civic Centre
2004/05 The Orpheus Subway – Barns Close Gateshead
2004 The Blue Subway – Hopper St. Gateshead
2003 Who Are You? – Billboards (part of Self Portrait UK)
2002 At Home I Am A Tourist – Billboards (featuring Blondin)
2001 Artist/Architect, Waygood Gallery – collaboration with Ted Bhogal
2000/02 Art & Design Consultant, Robinson Landscape Design
2001 Action Plan, Installation, Gateshead Civic Centre
2000 Observatory, Taigh Chearsabhagh, N. Uist, Scotland
1999 WebSight, Installation, Friar’s Goose Pumping Station, E. Gateshead

2015 Taking a landscape for a walk – with Leung Ka Lun – Iceland
2016 Virtues of Cultural Leadership – with Dominic Smith, commissioned byengage.
2016 Short Films of the North East (Screening) – Newcastle.
2016 Hresst Hross (Hearty Horses) – Iceland
2017 Icelandic Blues – Iceland

1996 Artlanta, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle & K.P. Arts Centre, Atlanta, U.S.A.
1997 Symposium Exhibition, Bohun Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
1998 The Third Area, Gateshead Library Gallery
1998 Friends from the North, Newcastle Gallery & Penrith Gallery, Australia
1998 GotM in the City, Vane 98, Newcastle
1999 Newcastle Group Show, International Centre for Life, Newcastle
1999 Chronologic, Planet Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2000 Converging Lines, Revision Studios
2002 Photo & Phrase, Research Room Project, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
2003 Self Portrait UK, National Portrait Gallery, London (touring)
2004 JMNEWVIEWS – Haydon Bridge, Northumberland
2005 Portraits of Tyneside – Winter Festival Projections
2009 Newcastle Group Show – Northumbria University Gallery
2011 The Nest – Group Show – Condemned House, Bensham
2015 Áfram Með Smjörið (On with the Butter) – Listhús Artspace. N. Iceland
2016 Opin Vinnustofa í Herhúsinu – Siglufjörður, Iceland
2017 Endurkoma – Herhús,Siglufjörður, Iceland
2017 2nd Western China International Biennale

1990 The Market Show, Newcastle Library Gallery
1994 Icons and Mod Cons, Bede Gallery, Jarrow
1998 From the Sublime to the Ridiculous and Back, Gateshead Library Gallery
2016 (Jan.) Iceland – Before and After, Queen’s Hall Art Centre, Hexham
2016 (March) Iceland – Before and After, Gateshead Library Gallery

1990 A New Necessity
1990/91 Artist in Residence, Plummer Court
1993 East
1996 Artlanta
1999 Townscape – People and Places
2000 Documenting the Changes
2001 Art and Architecture
2001 Commissions in the North of England
2002 Riverscape
2016 NC-Northern Correspondent

1987/89 Barbican Arts Group
1995/98 Newcastle Group
1997 Art Symposia International Ltd
1998/99 Townscape Study Group
1999/00 Art and Architecture Society
2000/01 Riverscape Study Group

1997 Medzinarodne Kytvarne Sympozium – Kamonista dolina, Slovakia

1986 Artist in residence, Tong Upper School, Bradford
1987 Artist in Residence, Salters Lane School for the Physically Handicapped,
1990 Artist in Residence, Grainger Market
1990/91 Artist in Residence, Plummer Court ( Alcohol and Drug Related Problem
Service), Newcastle
1991 Artist in Residence, Darlington Schools (TVEI placement)
1998/99 Artist in Residence, Baltic Advance Art Programme
2000/01 Y.O.T.A. Residency, Gateshead Council – working with architects/planners
2015 Artist in Residence, Listhús, Ólafsfjörður, Iceland.
2016/17 Artist in Residence, Herhúsid, Siglufjördur, Iceland.

1972/73 NE London Polytechnic
1973/76 Middlesex Polytechnic (Hornsey College of Art) BA Hons. Fine Art

1989/90 Northern Arts Award
1991/92 Northern Arts Award
1992 Northern Arts Travel Award (Chicago)
1996 Northern Arts Travel Award (Slovakia)
2001 Northern Arts European Capital of Culture Award (Gdansk)
2004 Arts Council (Commissions North) Award

1992 Visiting Artist’s Presentation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1992/4/5/6 Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Northumbria
1992/95 Visiting Lecturer, Foundation Course, Sunderland University
1992/95 Visiting Lecturer, Northumberland College
1996 Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, Cleveland College of Art & Design
1999 Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Northumbria
1999 Visiting Artist’s Presentation, M.A. Art &Design, Sunderland University
1996/03 Associate Lecturer in Fine Art, Northumberland College
2004 Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, Cleveland College of Art & Design
2005/07 Visiting Artist’s Presentation, Durham University 2003/09
2003/11 Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, Gateshead College
2012-15 Curriculum Leader, Art, Design & Media. Gateshead College

March 2018 – Short Films of the North East (Screening) – Newcastle.