Education & Professional Qualifications:
Goldsmiths University: 2006 - 2008
MA in Postcolonial Studies Awarded with Distinction
University of Brighton: 2003 - 2006
BA (Hons) Critical Fine Art Practice
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
Artist in Residence, Women at the Well charity
August 2017 – July 2018 on site support. (Artworks to be completed by Spring 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 day to day activities.
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.
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.
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 for the Brighton & Hove Council’s 12 month cultural arts programme, and collaboration with Brighton University and external arts and volunteer organisations, plus a mentorship programme on arts management. The final exhibition featured my installation incorporating works by Royal Academician Frank Bowling OBE.
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
Artist's book 'PREDATION' to be published by ArtConcrete, Spring 2019.
April 2017 – 2019
Creation of an artist book as part of the Art Concrete 'Monolith' series 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.
Artist Talk, Laydeez Do Comics
12 November 2018
Presentation of graphic novel in development titled 'Deep Deep Light Blue' AKA 'DDLB' and creative practice.
Federation of Hackbridge Primary and Spencer Nursery School, Nov 2018
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.
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:
-VIDA, Ethical fashion and design platform, 2016 to present
Contributor specifically fashion and home goods.
-Institute of Physics, Professional Development Coordinator, 2012 to present
I work part time for the Institute of Physics as a Professional Development Coordinator delivering their Fellowship application process recognising senior physicists who have a made an outstanding contribution to the field.
Prince 2 Foundation & Practitioner certificates, 2010
Institute of Leadership and Line Management certificate (Level 3) 2010