Curriculum Vitae

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                                      

 

 

 

Residencies/Projects:

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

 

 

Iwati Parana AiR, Correlación Contemporánea, Iquitos, Peru.

1-30th April 2017

 

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

 

 

Associate Artist, Only Connect charity

April 2014 – 2015

 

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.

 

 

Way Out Arts (NGO) arts programme, Sierra Leone

Nov 2013

 

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.

 

 

6 Degrees International Creative Exchange Programme

Nov 2010 – Aug 2011

Visual Artist (UK representative)

 

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.

 

 

Bridgetown to Brighton Project Exhibition, Brighton and Hove City Council.

Jul 2006 – Apr 2008

 

Project Manager / Visual Artist (During postgraduate study)

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.

 

 

 

Solo Exhibition:

 

'Cosmonaut' Deptford Does Art Gallery, 21-25 August 2019.

 

 

 

Group Exhibitions:

 

-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

 

 

 

Publications:

 

Laydeez Do Comics - Anthology of Presenters

2020

 

Artist's book 'PREDATION' to be published by ArtConcrete, Spring 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.

 

 

 

Awards:

 

-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

 

 

 

Talks:

 

The ConveHERsation Podcast: #28 - Black Girl Geeks

Aug 2019

 

Artist Talk, Laydeez Do Comics

Nov 2018

 

Presentation of graphic novel in development and creative practice.

 

 

 

Teaching:

 

The Black Curriculum, Educator

2019

Teaching Black British history at primary and secondary school level.

 

Federation of Hackbridge Primary and Spencer Nursery School,

2018

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.

 

 

 

Press/Interviews:

 

-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.