Education & Professional Qualifications:
-Goldsmiths University: 2006 - 2008
MA in Postcolonial Studies, Distinction
-University of Brighton: 2003 - 2006
BA (Hons) Critical Fine Art Practice, 2:1
Ocean Literacy, SailBritain
25 – 31 May 2020
Sail Britain is an organisation 'inspiring positive change for the ocean through sailing, research and creative arts' bringing scientists and artists together to promote dialogue and awareness about the issues facing our oceans. The 'Ocean Literacy' project will host artists and marine scientists Holly Griffin, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Oliver Beardon, founder of Sail Britain. The project will contribute to the Sail Britain art exhibition and symposium at the end of 2020.
Artist in Residence, Women at the Well charity
August 2017 – July 2018 on site support. (Artworks to be completed by Summer 2019)
This residency incorporated designing and delivering two three month art projects with the charity's clients who are women exiting prostitution, trafficking and substance misuse, in addition to general support for the drop-in area
One month visual art residency in the Peruvian Amazon to conduct research (documentation of natural environment to form archive for future projects) and develop practice (specifically engagement with local indigenous communities such as the Kukama, Yagua and Boras in addition to presenting lectures, workshops and open studios.
CAREER BREAK due to long term illness
March 2015 - 2017
Only Connect is a crime prevention charity providing a positive community through training, support and creative projects for young people at risk, prisoners and ex-offenders creating and delivering workshops for members.
Working with young people in Freetown (particularly living on the streets, ex-child soldiers and gang members) to create their own comics and network with local artists from the capital while conducting field research on the culture, history and arts.
Artist commission (series of works) for ‘Masqued Origins’ project. I exhibited as part of the ‘Roots & Wings’ arm of the programme in May 2011 at the Queen’s Park Gallery, Bridgetown Barbados. This exhibition was a collaborative effort between the Diaspora Vibe Gallery artists based in Miami, local Barbadian artists and the UK representatives of the programme.
Managing the delivery of the final event of the 'Bicentennial of the Abolution of Slavery' programme including commission of degree show installation for the Brighton and Hove City Council, featuring Frank Bowling OBE RA in the final work. This included a mentorship programme on arts management.
'Cosmonaut' Deptford Does Art Gallery, 21-25 August 2019.
-ICPNA, Iquitos,Peru. 24 April – 9 June 2017.
-National Fine Arts Centre, Lima, Peru. 2 June – 2 July 2017
-Group Exhibition, Vibe Gallery, Sept 2013
-‘Black Dog’ Exhibitions, Vibe Gallery, Various dates, 2013
-‘Affordable Arts Exhibition’, Vibe Gallery, 2013
-‘World Event for Young Artists’, Dajlongy Gallery, Nottingham University, 2012 (Representative for UK contingent)
-‘Once Upon A Wintertime Festival’, Hackney Downs Studios, 2011
-'Roots & Wings' exhibition, Queens Park Gallery, Barbados, 2011 (Representative for UK contingent)
-'Bridgetown to Brighton' exhibtion, Jubilee Library, Brighton, 2008
Laydeez Do Comics - Anthology of Presenters
Artist's book 'PREDATION' to be published by ArtConcrete, Summer 2020.
Art Concrete 'Monolith' series artist book based on the experience research and artwork created during April 2017 Iwati Parana AiR in the Peruvian Amazon engaging indigenous communities and further travel throughout Peru including Machu Picchu.
-Sky Arts Futures Fund Prize 2012, (Shortlisted)
-Arts Council ‘Grant for the Arts’ Award, 2011
-Arts Council ‘Grant for the Arts’ Award, 2008
-Brighton & Hove Arts Commission ‘Grassroots Development Award’, 2007
The Black Curriculum, Educator
2019 - Ongoing
Teaching Black British history at primary and secondary school level to educate and empower young with a sense of belonging:
-Two podcasts on 'Sound System Culture' and 'Bristol Boycotts'
-Campaign content, e.g. 'Windrush Generation speak on Education' interiew viewed over 20k times.
Federation of Hackbridge Primary and Spencer Nursery School,
3-4 yr old class group on various themes, e.g. 'Caribbean Carnival' and 'Under the Sea'.
Regular ‘Guest Speaker’ at the CAPA International School.
August 2011 – August 2015
Writing and presenting talks on Afro-Caribbean culture, history and immigration in the UK for US college undergraduates.
The ConveHERsation Podcast: #28 - Black Girl Geeks
Artist Talk, Laydeez Do Comics
Presentation of graphic novel in development and creative practice.
-MURZE Issue #10, contemporary art magazine and platform, February 2020
-Iwati Parana AiR blog and social media platforms, 2017
-Local Peruvian press specifically in Iquitos and Lima, 2017
-BBC Southern Counties radio, 2008
-Brighton radio, 2008
Related professional activity:
-Institute of Physics, Coordinator
2012 to present
I work part time for the Institute of Physics as a coordinator supportng physicists and promoting the contribution physics can make for the benefit of all.
-VIDA, Ethical fashion and design platform
2016 to present
Contributor specifically fashion and glassware.