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I originally trained as teacher of English and Drama and was predominantly self taught as an artist,  although I have now had some training in Art.  After working in a women's prison with inmates with mental health problems I found that art was a great way to communicate with the women  and help to build their self esteem; then I went on to use art as a primary means of bringing education and hope to different groups of adults and young people.

I left teaching in 2005 to devote myself full time to my own work with assemblage and sculptures and to work in partnership with my husband Paul in the studio and on decorative and trompe l'oeil commissions around the world.

In 2011 I was asked to become part of a new art movement..'Neo-Outsiders' by the founder Melissa Westbrook.

I am also part of a group of artists called 'Uncooked Culture', founded by Chutima Kerdpitak (Nok)

 

Exhibited:

Leeds City Library, 2005 (group show)

The New Unitarian Church Todmorden, 2005, 2006,2007 (group shows)

Hebden Bridge Library, 2005 (group show)

Staithes gallery 2007 (photographs)

Open Studios, Luddenden, 2007

Installation, July 2007 Luddenden, Midgley Open Gardens

Staithes Gallery, North Yorkshire, March 2008 (group show)

Arts Festival Gallery, Hebden Bridge, April 2008 (2 person show)

Staithes Gallery North Yorkshire August 2008

Mytholmroyd, Ted Hughes Festival, October 25th -  October 28th 2008

Staithes Gallery, North Yorks in aid of RNLI, Mixed exhibition, April 2009

Hebden Bridge Festival Gallery, Mixed Exhibition, (Green Issues) May 22nd - May25th 2009

KUNSTART International Art Fair Bolzano  Italy May 22nd- May 26th 2009 (Galeria Gaudi, Madrid)

Summer Show, Galeria Gaudi, Madrid, August 2009.

Dean Clough, Halifax, Group Summer Show, Viaduct Cafe, August 2009

'Shifting the Momentum' Group show, 59 Steps, Earth Spirit, Hebden Bridge, October 2009

Dean Clough, Halifax, Group Christmas  Show, Viaduct Cafe, December 2009-January 2010

Cupola Gallery Sheffield, 'ICE', group Christmas show, Friday 4th December - Sunday 10th January 2010

Arts Mill Christmas Art Show,  Hebden Bridge, December 2009

 Arts Mill, Green Issues, May - June 2010

Staithes Gallery, Flotsam and Jet, 2 person show May - July 2010

'Green Art' Arts Mill, Hebden Bridge, May-June 2010

'Flashier and Trashier' St Pancras Crypt Gallery, London Oct-Nov 2010

Mixed Christmas exhibition, Water street Gallery, Todmorden 2010

Mixed Christmas exhibition, Wendy Levy Gallery, Disbury, Manchester, 2010

St Pancras Conference Centre Gallery, April 2011.

Staithes Gallery, RNLI Show, April 2011

Chicchi's Art Cafe, East End, London, June 2011.

Bow Open Studios, Bow, London, June 2011

'Icons' Water Street Gallery , Todmorden, Sept, 2011

' InVisible: Seeing Below The Surface'.   July 2011, at The  Station  Gallery,  Richmond,  North Yorks,  DL104LD

"What To Dip' CMU Art Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 2011

'Small Works' Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, November 2011 - January 2012

Mixed Christmas Show, The Viaduct Cafe, Dean Clough, Halifax,  November -December 2011.

'L'Esprit de deux' two person show with Cendrine Rovini, at Duckett and Jeffrey's, Malton, February, 2012

Group exhibition, 'Shine' Harehills, Leeds, February, 2012

'Double Visions' Joint show with Paul Czainski at Wendy Levy Gallery, Didsbury, Manchester, April 2012

'Circus Terminal', performance of 'Love Bag', plus group exhibition, The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London, April 2012

May 2012, Artist's residency,  at The Booth, Scalloway, Shetland,  with Open Studios.

June 2012, Circus Terminal, group exhibition, Barcelona, Spain

September, 22nd and 23rd, 2012,  Staithes Festival, exhibiting in Tudor Rose Cottage, Staithes

October 2012, 'Dare to Wear'  Group show, St Pancras Crypt gallery, St Pancras, London.

Christmas group show 2012, Wendy Levy Gallery, Manchester.

Water Street, Gallery, Todmorden, Small Works, group show , December through January, 2013

December 2013, Sangdee Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 'Circus Terminal' group show. 

 

 

 

 

Recent Decorative Work;-

see 'The World of Interiors ' November 2008, Nicky Haslam's Swish Chalet,

 and 'The World of Interiors' March 2007 Picture Perfect, page151-

 

Recent Publicity   'This is Y' Welcome to Yorkshire magazine 2010, Paint Me a Picture    http://brochures.yorkshire.com/thedms_brochure.aspx

'This is Y Welcome to Yorkshire magazine' 2011, 'A Day in the Life of an Artist'