As Artist in Residence at the Open Arts Project in TouchBase Lanarkshire, I am designing and delivering a serious of activities to embed the arts at the heart of this new venture. Not only will this benefit the people supported at this venue, it will enable accessible arts to the wider disabled and non-disabled community as audiences, participants and artists. Our over-arching aim is to enable those whose voices are so often overlooked move centre stage, to break down barriers, challenge perceptions of disability, develop a culture and ethos of inclusion, and for voices that are often unknown, unseen, unheard to come into sharp focus.
As Artist in Residence at the Waterworks Barrhead I am working with community members to enable all to connect with, explore and have their say in how this former sewage treatment works becomes a commuinty space for all. Using a variety of creative process we are developing designs to produce art interventions to transform this once derelict site to create a lasting legacy for the community.
I designed and delivered series of workshops working with primary seven pupils with additional support needs to support in their transition from primary school to high school. Children participated in visual arts based project that I designed and delivered in their future high school. The focus of the transitions programme was to develop relationships with peers and secondary school staff through visual arts project to enable children to make new connections.
I was one of the commissioned artists comm commissioned to create a lion sculpture as part of the Pride of Paisley Wild in Art public art trail in Paisley. My lion, The Paisley Pharaoh was inspired by a visit to Paisley Museum where I was drawn to the collection of artefacts from Ancient Egypt. The might and majesty of this ancient civilisation is now brought to the streets of Paisley through the town's very own Pharaoh, a lion god standing proud and mysterious and silent in the midst of a vibrant modern townscape.
My role as artist at Sense Scotland has enabled me to work with children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities and communication needs on a variety of specifically tailored activities including painting, sculpture and photography as well as music, movement and performance activities. I work alongside groups to enable every individual to express themselves creatively through the arts and collaborate with them to develop a variety of works for events, parades and exhibitions.
Resident Artist at creative arts programme for older people with the focus of using the arts as a tool to engage older people in a safe, creative local environment. Worked with Craft Cafe members to engage in a range of arts activities to create innovative and exciting artworks. The workshop is a place where people can learn new skills, renew social networks and reconnect with their communities.
I designed and delivered series of workshops for local high schools and primary schools in Cumbernauld to explore children and young people's ideas for ‘Living Windows’ to be installed at three sites across Cumbernauld. Pupils participated in a series of creative workshops and developed their ideas for public art that would encourage more local people to visit Ravenswood Local Nature Reserve, Cumbernauld Glen and St Maurice’s Pond. I also worked with the steering group, comprised of members of the community and students from high schools, to develop designs for three artworks to be created with Old School Fabrications.
Artist in residence working with young people to creatively explore Kinross town. Using a variety of techniques, we began to see everyday spaces and places with new eyes. By embarking on this experience, young people had the chance to experience a range of creative processes and to learn how they, as artists, can use their own creativity to comment on – and perhaps even influence – their own communities.
As part of the Representing Communities Programme, I was commissioned by Impact Arts to facilitate a series of workshops in primary schools in Dennistoun with the aim of exploring the children's vision and knowledge of their community. We investigated Dennistoun in 2014 and the events that had taken place over the course of the year to reveal real and fictional stories and produced a series of visual representations of these in both 2D and 3D. I was the lead curator for the Celebrate exhibition at the Hanson Street Wasps exhibition venue and the associated exhibition at Dennistoun Library.
Working with pupils from Loch Leven High School, I designed and delivered a workshop programme to support the young people to create a short film about Loch Leven Castle. We worked on location at Castle Island as well as in classroom which enabled the students to creatively explore Loch Leven Castle, further their knowledge of the site's history and learn how to film and edit their work. Pupils also created a series of film posters used in a campaign in the lead up to their film launch, planned entirely by the young people themselves.
As part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, I worked with Sense Scotland to create the number 12 as part of the countdown from 14 to 1 which launched the Games in Glasgow. In collaboration with a group of Sense Scotland service users, we developed a concept for the number 12, which not only captures the Games colours but was also mobile and fun. Through a series of design workshops, the group and I realised our vision for our our part in the Countdown with the resulting giant kinetic sculptures a unique contribution to Glasgow's Commonwealth celebrations.
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I was one of the commissioned artists invited to contribute a life size Clydesdale horse sculpture as part of the Ready Steady Gallop public art trail in North Lanarkshire. My horse, The Blazing Clydesdale, was inspired by the Chinese zodiac and the fact 2014 was the Chinese Year of the Horse. My design thinking started with using the moon and the stars and gradually progressed into a space theme as I created a horse space traveller who is on a journey from the Earth to the Moon! My horse was exhibited at M&D's theme park for 10 weeks over summer 2014.
As resident artist working with young people at SEBN Riverside School, we explored the theme “How do I know I'm alive” using unconventional art techniques to make marks. Over the twelve week residency, we created a body of highly personal, reflective work that was exhibited at Stirling University.
Bus Stop Milton is an ongoing project I am developing and delivering in Milton Glasgow in collaboration with contemporary dance artist Rhiana Laws. Bus Stop is an initiative led by Visible Fictions Theatre Company and Dance House which aims to engage local people in the city's ever changing urban landscape. As one of the resident artists on the project, I use my own practice to work with a range of local Milton community members to explore together what impact this changing landscape has had on the local community.
As part of the nationwide Big Draw campaign, I worked with local community groups in the Loch Leven area to explore the historic location of Loch Leven Castle, enabling them to learn about the local history and natural heritage through a variety of drawing, illustration and photographic techniques. The resulting creative responses were exhibited locally and online.
I was Artist in Residence at Craft Café, an arts workshop for the over 55s, operating in various locations across Glasgow, offering members a safe, social and creative environment to learn new skills, renew social networks and reconnect with their communities within a fun and vibrant arts studio space. I worked with members of the Cafe to create work for regular exhibition at various venues including Scotland Street School Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Cassiltoun Housing Association HQ.
I designed and delivered a series of workshops with residents from Eigg to explore the effect plastics have on island life. The brief was to use plastics and marine waste that had been washed up on local beaches and collected by the islanders as part of a beach clean-up. Together with Australian artist Paul Hinchliffe and local residents, we created a series of site-specific, multi-media art works that commented on the environmental impact created by these washed up waste products.
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