I am especially committed to participatory practice with experience of developing training and partnership projects in collaboration with community groups, day care centres, schools, universities and charities. Completed projects that have involved developing relationships between communities, artists and collections include work for Arts Council England, Bolton Art Gallery and Museum, Bury Art Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary.
My practice has ranged from the evaluation and development of projects within the field of arts and health to the delivery of teacher training programmes in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Education Business Solutions (Manchester Business Education Partnership). I continue to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students of Fine Art, Museums Studies and History of Art and Design, and have been a visiting lecturer at the University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, Staffordshire University and Wolverhampton University.
My most recent projects have included working on apilot training programme with The Dermatology Centre at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Working with Professor Chris Griffiths we have found that visual observation skills in trainee dermatologists can be improved through analysing works of arts.
In partnership with Bury Adult Services I was invited to run a research project in Bury to understand better how art making in context of working with collections of personal objects can increase wellbeing in older people. This resulted in exhibition at The Millgate Centre, Bury.
The University of Nottingham's Clay Transformations project investigated the therapeutic uses of clay about and has helped me to develop further evaluation methods within creative learning projects.
Creative learning initiatives with children and teachers have shown the benefits of working with museum and gallery collections through engaging with contemporary artists. Many of these have built on work that uses the museum as an extended classroom, and links work on the curriculum to art and museum collections. The ongoing project 'The Museum of Me' uses the practices and traditions of museums to encourage children and teachers to research their particular communities and personal histories, using unusual media and contemporary art processes.
My own arts practice is concerned with researching memory and the power of evocative objects, in relation to exile and survival through video and installation, text and installations. This research often crosses over into the field of creative learning and I use my experience as a practicing artist in all my work.