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Born and raised in Liverpool, UK. Studied MA at Winchester School of Art, and PhD at Nottingham Trent University. Based in London and Taipei.
Work mostly installation, sculpture, and drawing, focussing on museums, knowledge and memory

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BIOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in the city of Liverpool, UK, in a working-class family.  Liverpool is a port city, a city that is independent and with a disregard for authority couple with a sense of sceptical humour.  It is a city with numerous public museums, galleries, and libraries, with a strong tradition of auto-didacticism.  All of these factors are reflected in my work.

I studied BA(hons) Fine Art in Liverpool and Coventry, and worked as a community artist in Coventry before moving back to Liverpool and joining the Arena Studio group.  I returned to full-time education for the MA in Sculpture at Winchester School of Art, and was then awarded a scholarship to pursue PhD research at Nottingham Trent University.  During this time, in addition to exhibiting widely, I worked in various roles in museums and galleries, including Tate Liverpool.  This engagement with the totality of the art-world, from gallery education to technician work, is reflected in my somewhat critical stance towards the means and methods of exhibitions.

I have a semi-nomadic existence, and currently live and work in London and Taipei.  My work and teaching are a continuation of a wider engagement with issues of knowledge and history/memory.

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TECHNIQUE

My work is not based on a single technique, and I use a range from pencil and ink for working drawings, to basic building techniques for the larger installations.  I also write, perform, construct, and take photographs and video.  The joy of art is the endless extension of what is possible.

EXPERTISE
AWARDS

Awards:

 

2009

Arts Council England Production Award

2007

British Council Award

2005

Arts Council England Production Award

1994

Winchester School of Art/Council Travel Award for outstanding achievement

1991

North West Arts Margaret Wethered Travel Award (Berlin)

 

Artists Residencies:

 

2011

Taipei Artists Village, Taipei, Taiwan

2010

Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan

2007

Koiwa Project Space, Japan

2004

The Ox Warehouse, Macau, China

1992

Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, UK

 

Commissions

 

2005

Staffordshire Public Art, Staffordshire UK

2000

Radical Arts in Derby, Derby, UK

1996

Salford University, Manchester UK

South Trafford College, Manchester UK

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK

PAST EXHIBITIONS
Selected solo exhibitions

 

2017

Space Station, SeeArt, Taipei, Taiwan

2017

Make it up as I go along, Common Art Space, Hsinchu, Taiwan

2015

The Chamber of Uncanny Objects, Museum of Archives, National Taiwan University (produced with student collaborators as part of residency/public art project)

2015

A Cabinet of Curiosities, National Taiwan University (produced with student collaborators as part of residency/public art project)

2013

Daci Village Project, Guantian, Tainan, Taiwan

2011

Study Void, Ox Warehouse, Macau

2010

The Problem of Knowledge 2, Residency Exhibition, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.

2009

Institute;  Plan 9, Bristol, UK.  Supported by Arts Council England.

2008

Through a Glass Uncertainly;  solo exhibition, The Gallery, Dartington College of Arts. UK

2007

A Sense of Wonder and the Problem of Knowledge;  solo exhibition, Ginza Art Lab, Tokyo and Koiwa Project Space, Tokyo, Japan.  With support from British Council

2005

Mnemosyne; solo exhibition, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, UK

Supported by Arts Council England. 

2001

The Archive of Lost Knowledge; solo exhibition, Wollaton Hall Natural History Museum, Nottingham. UK

Funded by Nottingham Trent University

2000

Muse; solo exhibition, Gibson’s Windows, Derby Museum, Derby. UK. Commissioned by RAID

ordinary facts arranged within time; solo exhibition, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. UK

1996

Lost/Found; solo exhibition, commissioned by The Glass Box Gallery, Salford. UK

Traces; solo exhibition, commissioned by South Trafford College, Altrincham, Manchester. UK

Selected Group Exhibitions and projects:

 

 

2018

Ask the Way, Keelung Harbour Biennial, Keelung, Taiwan

2018

Cross-Domain Reading and Writing, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan

2017 - 2018

Station Three, in M Space, Formosa Sculpture Biennial, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2017

Solomon’s House, in Moving Anchor, National Taiwan University of Arts Museum, Taiwan

2016

Singer, in Hieroglyphic Memory, Bopilliao Historic Site, Taipei, Taiwan.

2016

Wall, in Wandering x Intervening, Sly Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan.

2014

Crystal Egg, Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014

The Rings of Saturn, Joint exhibition with Kentaro Chiba, Arts Lab AKIBA, Tokyo, Japan

2013

MOCA Taipei Video Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

2011

10 x 10, Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan

2007

Visual Presentation at Nature Behind Glass: theoretical perspectives on natural history collections, Manchester University, Manchester, UK

2005

Max 5; Café Gallery, London, UK

Group video exhibition

Staffordshire Cabinet; Commissioned by Public Arts Staffordshire to tour to non-gallery venues.

2004

Airborne System Mode; group exhibition, The Ox Warehouse, Macau.

2000

The Box Project. Commissioned by Angel Row Gallery for Museum of Installation group exhibition (touring).

Brief Encounter; group exhibition by invitation, Melbourne, Australia.

Drawing; Two person exhibition, Djanogly Showcase, Nottingham Trent University. UK

1998

Nottingham Trent University Research group exhibition; Boots D90 Building, Nottingham. UK

Curator, Arena Studios Group Exhibition, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. UK

1997

 

1997

It Was Thirty Years Ago Today; group exhibition curated by Bryan Biggs, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. UK

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; commissioned by Adrian Henri for The Doctor Duncan Show, Museum of Liverpool Life, Liverpool. UK

1996

Keeper; commissioned work for Ikon Gallery Touring Programme, West Midlands. UK

1995

Group Exhibition; M.REAM, Melbourne, Australia.

Dislocate; in On Stream; group exhibition by invitation, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. UK

23 August 1994; part of group exhibition, Skillion Warehouse, Liverpool. UK

Atavistic Longings; part of group exhibition, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool. UK

1994

Found Out; group exhibition, Winchester Gallery, Winchester. UK

Interregnum; part of MA exhibition, Winchester School of Art. UK

1993

My Subject is War: Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, UK

1991

Visionfest; Various non gallery venues throughout Liverpool, UK

 

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