- 2016: PhD in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.
- 2010: MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University.
- 1988: BA (Hons) Fine Art from Leicester Polytechnic.
Employment + Training
After graduating in 1988 I pursued a non-art career. I spent several years working in various positions at a large book manufacturers in Bath. After that I worked for nearly three years at Hodder Headline Publishers in London as a Production Controller. I returned to art practice in 2001, and in September 2005 pursued that practice full time.
- Spring 2015: Undertook a training course Supporting Staff who Teach: Improving Practice for Researchers at SHU, run by On Course Consultancy (formerly SMP).
- From September 2012 to present: Unpaid Director/Trustee of Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- From February 2012 to present: Drawing and Painting Tutor, Open College of the Arts. In addition to tutoring students I have run trips to galleries, taken part in assessments, and regularly contribute to the OCA blog. Most of my entries are archived here.
- From March 2010 to September 2015: Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University. I helped run a drawing module for first and second year degree students as well as running crit groups (for under- and post-graduates), assessments, and tutorials (for under-graduates).
- May: I was employed by the Research Group for Artists Publications and Site Gallery to install a large Sol LeWitt drawing as part of the an exhibition of the artist’s books.
- September–October: Co-artist on It’s Good To Be Me project at Retford Oaks Cluster, Bassetlaw. Fellow artist Andrew Tebbs and I devised a six week arts project for four schools which culminated in an exhibition of over 100 works at BendInTheRiver, Gainsborough.
- July: Co-ordinator for Worksop, Fabulous Art in Bassetlaw. I looked after seven events in Worksop and liaised with venues and artists in the run up to, and on the day of, the festival.
- June–October: Co-ordinator, FRED 2008. This was the fifth and final annual festival that took place each October throughout Cumbria. My role was, as in previous years, to look after a batch of artists from acceptance through to final execution of their pieces.
- June–October: Co-ordinator, FRED 2007. See above for details. June: The Pencil Museum, Keswick: I ran six workshops throughout one day, involving 90 children in all.
- Spring: Inset Trainer, Cumbria Schools. Six sessions on Kickstarting Creativity and three sessions on Kickstarting the Digital Camera throughout the county.
- June: Co-ordinator for Art Strike! Funded by ACE, this was an artist led intervention at the Art 07 event at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre.
- January–February: Consultant artist to Life Box project, Workington. A six week project co-ordinated by Sure Start which culminated in an exhibition at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.
- June–October: Co-ordinator, FRED 2006 Arts Festival. See above for details.
- November (until December 2007): Administrative Assistant, Fold Gallery. This period included co-curating an exhibition of Street Art on the only bus stop in Kirkby Stephen.
- October (until December 2007): Visiting Artist, Esthwaite School, Hawkshead. During the weekly hour-long Creative Club I have run about fifteen workshops, all on different themes with a changing group of children from all years in the school (ages 4 to 11).
Residencies + Awards
- September – Student prize winner: The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015.
- March: Shortlisted (but not selected) for the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize.
- July: Artist in Residence at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- May: I was part of a team of artists from South Cumbria to receive a NAN Go-and-See Bursary which allowed us to visit Berlin to forge links with artists there. This led to an award from the Arts Council to create and execute and touring show of our work.
- October–December: Landing Strip Residency at Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness. Selected by rednile projects of Sunderland to collaborate with them.
Exhibitions + Conferences
- March: Post, Pop-up solo show in support of PhD submission, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- November/December: 365drawings plus (solo show), Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle.
- Autumn – Summer 2016: After Joseph Beuys’ Wirtschaftswerte (Economic Values) exhibited as part of the 2015 Jerwood Drawing Prize.
- July / August: Sans Terre (a collaborative installation with Chris Graham) Work In Progress, Bank Street Arts.
- November: On The Image conference, Berlin. Presented a round table discussion on PhD research and showed one piece of work in the accompanying pop-up exhibition.
- January: 365 Drawings (solo show) Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- November: Presented a paper at Generative Constraints conference, Centre for Collaborative Research, London.
- October: Decoding Grantchester Meadows (with Rachel Smith), art:language:location, Cambridge.
- May: After (1-12), Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
- January: After Plight: A Recovery, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- December: 12-12-12, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
- September: Assembly 13, Bloc, Sheffield.
- June: Untitled 1-9, CADS, Sheffield (solo show, funded by The University of Sheffield).
- June: Tegel – Flights of Fancy, (with Karl-Heinz Jeron), Babylon Kino, Berlin
- May: ArtText, (Exhibition and Symposium) Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- October: Sheffield International Artists’ Book Prize 2011, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- October: Guilty Pleasures, Bloc, Sheffield
- Spring: An Exchange With Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, USA.
- November–December: The Public Are Not Invited, The Workshop, Nottingham.
- November/December: Minutiae (with David McNab), Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- Summer: After and Gone, (the results of Artist In Residence position shown in two galleries), Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
- Spring: M3-M6 Unterwegs/Underway, Touring show: Lancaster, Preston, Berlin.
- October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria.
- June: The Bourne End Collection, Bedfordshire. Private Commission.
- October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria
- May: Baker’s Dozen (solo show), Neo’s Gallery, Cockermouth
- November: Sites Considered, Art Gene, Cumbria
- November: bangbang, Cockermouth
- October: FRED, site-specific arts festival, Cumbria
- December: How Dish Wing, The Poetry Society, Covent Garden
- July: Do Something, Floating IP, Ancoats.
- October: What’s Wrong?, The Trade Apartment, Brixton.
- February 2016: After After… and 365drawings Two books published to accompany my PhD submission but made generally available through lulu.com.
- September 2015: Sans Terre, with Chris Graham. (Edition of 25) Part of a seventeen volume set, (London: Ma Bibilothèque) and launched at the Whitechapel Artists’ Book Fair. ISBN: 978-1-910055-15-1.
- March 2015: The Editions: Notebook Diagrams. (Edition of 25) Part of a post-graduate collaboration of 23 titles, launched at the Leeds Artists’ Book Fair.
- December 2013: Tegel: Speculations and Propositions (Berlin, The Green Box,) ISBN: 978-3-941644-59-5.
- October 2013: Decoding Grantchester Meadows,co-authored with Rachel Smith. (London, Lulu) ISBN: 5-800098-309697.
- April 2012: NICK THURSTON: In My Own Words (with Sheffield’s Guerrilla Writers) (London, AND) ISBN: 978-1-908452-15-3.
- March 2011: An Exchange With Sol LeWitt, Exhibition Catalogue (Boston, Cabinet Books/MASS MoCA) ISBN: 978-1-932698-52-7.
- February 2010: MA Contemporary Fine Art Degree Show. A collaborative project. ISBN: 978-0-9558665-6-2.
- June 2009: Project Biennale. A collaborative curatorial project launched as part of the Venice Biennale. ISBN: 978-0-9558665-5-5.
- Failure2011. An online project to assemble works by artists considered as failures by them. Each work was accompanied by a text explaining their position. In July 2012 the blog’s contents were included, as a large poster, in Artfects of Failure at QUAD, Derby.
2006 – 2008
- Fred 2006 – 2008. I was one of the small team that delivered FRED, a site specific arts festival in Cumbria. I helped select the artists and their work and then co-ordinated their contribution, to a greater or lesser extent depending on the artist.