Programme Director for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
I am an educator and artist. I have experience of working in both further and higher education institutions. Since 1999, I have taught specialist 3D design and crafts subjects as well as fine art, drawing and sculpture at various levels. I have worked across a range of subject disciplines helping to embed consistent levels of practice-based research. In the last 10 years as part of my role as an FE course leader I have led specialist Art and Design research field trip for large groups of students to New York, Berlin and Prague, writing and designing projects for site specific activities and itineraries.
I am an experienced External Moderator and Qualification Advisor, working for ABC Awards since 2004 and the UAL Awarding Body since 2009.
As an artist and maker the work I produce is inspired by a sense of place (or environment), much of the imagery and materials are collected and/or found – a process of selection, careful consideration for composition and assembly are then employed. My practice encompasses both design and traditional visual arts techniques and processes, and the work in turn takes its references from architecture, structure, texture, surface and materiality. The resulting works occupy a space between two and three dimensions and are both image-based and sculptural. This engenders a process in which discarding and reworking material is integral to the form of each individual piece.
BA (Hons) Design & Applied Arts: Ceramics (Edinburgh College of Art); MA Contemporary Crafts (University for Creative Arts, Farnham); Certificate in Education in Post-Compulsory Education (De Montfort University)