As an arts educator, I develop and deliver a wide range of workshops for a variety of differing ages and client groups, in education, healthcare and community settings and specialise in working with vulnerable and marginalised groups.
As an interdisciplinary artist I deliver projects across a wide variety of art forms, from digital media (including AR/VR technologies), photography, video, installation, animation, through to sculpture, printmaking, felt making, mixed media collage and ceramics.
I am also Children and Young Peoples Curator (Digital) at QUAD, Derby - where I programme and deliver informal learning activities for children and young people - including QClub, a group for children and young people aged 5-18 years old, who are on the autistic spectrum, are disabled, or who have additional support needs; MinecraftLAB - QUADs programme of engagement using Minecraft, aslong with as other core programmes for young people including QUAD Young Creatives and QUAD Young Advocates.
Developing projects alongside the children and young people, I am passionate about showcasing their talents through a variety of differing digital and creative media. By positioning young people at the top of the artistic food-chain as makers of meaning, rather than as passive consumers, I strive to show that contemporary art is a useful, and powerful, tool to develop confidence, self esteem and resilience.
My participatory work has led to my being shortlisted for the Mainframe Digital/Creative Impact Award 2019 and 2021. I have also delivered papers on my participatory work with children and young people at numerous conferences including The Cultural Institute, University of Leeds and The SEN Network conference at The National Gallery, London.
I have worked with numerous organisations across the country including QUAD, Sinfonia Viva, Engage, MIMA, The Lowry and Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. I am also creative mentor for The Mighty Creatives, working one to one with care experienced young people to engage in cultural activities and develop their creative skills.