Over the last 15 years, I have developed an innovative approach to community engagement in the museums and heritage sector. I have developed a wide range of interpretive and learning resources, including exhibitions, heritage trails, community archives and primary and secondary curriculum resources, and I have experience of working with community groups of diverse economic, social and political backgrounds. I am also highly experienced in project planning, fundraising and management.
With an honours degree in fine art and postgraduate degrees in cultural studies and cultural geography, I work in a number of fields, including research, writing and visual art practice. I have published writing in books, academic journals, artists’ publications and exhibition catalogues. I have been involved as a cultural geographer, and curator, in several visual art projects with exhibition outcomes. I also practise as an artist. The central concern of my research, writing and art practices is the relationship between identity and place
I blend working in arts and heritage facilitation with my work in counselling and issue-based practice, drawing from experience in the arts, education and charity sectors over the last eight years. I have designed and delivered workshops, residentials and short courses; taught, mentored and tutored in education and community settings and provided therapeutic support to individuals. All of this work has been grounded by creative, flexible and responsive approaches, tailored to individual, group and organisational dynamics. My aim is to produce meaningful outcomes and experiences for participants and projects.
I have extensive experience in working across various sectors such as theatre, visual art and film/television as a Project Manager, Producer and Development Manager. I also work as a multimedia artist combining illustration and animation, both computer aided and non-digital. My interactive portfolio combines illustration, web and graphic design, animation, DVD authoring, photography and video editing, all of which is aesthetically appealing and engaging. As a facilitator I have devised and delivered a number of workshops and issue based training programmes based on animation and animating techniques to various community groups and schools, both primary and secondary level. I have a high level of competence in managing finances, administration, staff, training and arts and cultural projects.