I am a socially engaged artist and creative producer based in the North West of England working predominantly with marginalised communities in a social housing context.
My project Care Instructions explored the language of dirt as used to ‘other’ people and place, particularly working-class women and the council estate, and its relationship to the politics of care.
I have been artist in residence on the Limehurst estate in Oldham since 2016, creating a Friendly Society for the arts, culture and creativity with over 400 members (on an estate of 800 houses). The Limehurst Arts Society has recently received a further two years funding from the Arts Council to continue to develop this new model for cultural democracy, moving 'beyond participation'. I have also developed and managed large scale projects for Mid Pennine Arts, Lancashire County Council and Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal.
In April 2019 I completed a month long artists residency for Kahoon Projects, a discursive platform (in partnership with Oxford Brookes University) examining working-class identity in the 21st century through contemporary art practice. The resulting exhibition was installed at SET Studios Bermondsey throughout May 2019. I am a 2019 AN artist bursary recipient, and I have recently shown work at the Socially Engaged Arts Salon in Brighton, Luva Gallery in London and as part of the Manifest Festival in Manchester.
In 2018 I completed an MFA at the University of Central Lancashire under the supervision of In Certain Places, a curatorial partnership exploring the meanings and production of place through art-led research. I am a member of the Working Class Artists Network collective, and Falcon Mill Artists Studios in Bolton.