An important part of my work as a visual artist and researcher has been my involvement in community projects, workshops and teaching.
I am interested in temporary site-specific projects and collaboration, in particular my work with Kids Company, which includes workshops, events and exhibitions. Collaborating with staff and young people to produce work (including The Wish Tree shown opposite) for a major art exhibition at Shoreditch Town Hall, Demons and Angels (2007), to a suspended ‘dreamcatcher’ installation for the Mulberry collaboration (2008). Recent projects with Kids Company include My Life Illuminated (2011) and Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living (2012), both at the Royal Festival Hall, London; and with Peace Child International, as the facilitator of Art in the Making workshop at the 6th World Youth Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012).
The teaching aspects of my practice extend to encouraging drawing as a means of communication in other disciplines outside the fine art context, defining not what drawing is, but what it can do or be. Recently, I have been working with astronomers, scientists and engineers to use drawing as a way of answering my queries to explain complex subjects from star formation to black holes.
I am currently an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design teaching classes on Experimental Drawing, alongside guest lecturing at other art colleges and universities. I was previously a part-time lecturer on the BA Art & Design course at University Campus Suffolk (2002-2006). I teach drawing workshops in schools and continue to run DrawEast courses with two other artists in East Anglia.