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Visual artist working across a range of mediums, including drawing, text and print, primarily investigating the possibilities of narrative and archival practices. Recent projects include New Art Gallery Walsall (solo show, forthcoming, 2019), Multistory (2018 commission), Longbridge Public Art Project (2016), Make/Shift/Space (2016), the British Consulate in Chicago, USA (2014) and The University of Birmingham (2013). 

Board Director for DACS (2014-present) and the Whitworth Wallis Trust (2017- present)

Studio holder at Grand Union.


Selected Press and Texts

The Guardian newspaper

Text by Anneka French

Text by Kieran Connell

Text written for Eastside Projects' Birmingham Show


Text by Zoe Lippett

OCA Interview

New Art West Midlands feature

The Guardian newspaper

It's Nice That




Exhibitions and Projects

Jan 2019                         Solo show, New Art Gallery Walsall

Jan-Dec 2018                 2018 Commission, Multistory

Feb 2018                        Wolverhampton School of Art Print Residency

May-Sept 2017               BROADCAST, mac Birmingham

June 2017                       NEWSFEED, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

May 2017                        Concrete Nouns – film collaboration with Emily Warner, Kingshurst

April 2016 - Feb 2017     Longbridge Mass Observation  Longbridge Public Art Project (residency, exhibition and commission)

June 2016                       STS Signmakers make/shift/space residency, Birmingham

Jan 2016                         Grand Union Gallery Work in Progress research residency, Birmingham

Jan-June 2015                West Point West Point 55, Coventry (residency and publication)

Sept-Oct 2014                 British Consulate in Chicago Residency, Chicago, USA

July-Aug 2014                 Kathleen & Sally, The New Art Gallery Walsall (solo exhibition)

Jan-July 2014                  The New Art Gallery Walsall Residency

Sept-Oct 2013                  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Residency

June 2012-June 2013      The University of Birmingham Residency

Oct-Dec 2012                   Living City, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (solo exhibition)


Group Exhibitions and Projects

2017        Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London

                Frontiers, Eastside Projects and Birmingham Big Art Project

2016        Winter Art Fair, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

                The Humble Vessel, The New Art Gallery Walsall

                Recent Acquisitions, The New Art Gallery Walsall

2015        Recording Britain Now, Electrician’s Shop Gallery, London

                Becoming Awesomestow, Glasgow School of Art

                SALON, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

                Ikon Offsite, NORTH, Warrington

2014        Midlands Open, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

                Ruskin Drawing Prize, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

                CCCS 50th Anniversary Show, mac, Birmingham

                NN Contemporary Open, NN Contemporary, Northampton

                The Walking Encyclopaedia, Airspace Gallery, Sheffield

2013        RBSA Prize Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

                Through Great Efforts to High Things, The University of Birmingham



Halo Zine, Grand Union and Crisis, 2017

West Point, Rope Press, 2015

50 Years On, Exhibition Catalogue, mac, 2014 (ISBN 9781907796173)

News in Briefs, mac, 2014

The Mermaid and the Lion, The University of Birmingham, 2013 (ISBN 9780704428355)

Living City, Exhibition Catalogue, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2012

CITY Comic Book, 2011



Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Collection

The University of Birmingham Fine Art Collection

The New Art Gallery Walsall Collection

Lloyds Bank

Several other private collections


Competitions, prizes and awards

2014         Arts Council Award - International Development Fund

                 Ruskin Drawing Prize Shortlist

2012         Heritage Lottery Fund, Archive Grant

                 National Drawing Inspiration Award, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust

2008        The Jerwood Drawing Prize Shortlist


Further Professional Roles

Board Director at DACS (2014 - present)

Board Director at Whitworth Wallis Trust (2017 - present)

Creative Health CIC Lead Artist Mentor (2016-17)

The University of Birmingham - associate lecturer (2015 - present)

Goldsmiths, University of London - guest lecturer (2015)

Birmingham City University - visiting lecturer (2014-2015)

University of Warwick - guest lecturer (2014)



2011         MA Fine Art, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University

2007         BA (Hons) English, University of Birmingham (first class)