CV / Work History

2024

Inclusive Cultures, Clore Leadership, Facilitator/coach (upcoming)

Arvon Foundation, Fiction writing retreat, Guest speaker (October)

Towner Gallery, place writing commissions (upcoming)

Fiction Writing Masterclass with Leone Ross, student (on writing sabbatical)

International Black Speculative Fiction Festival, Performer, speaker.

2021-23

University of Sussex, Guest speaker, Department of Human Geography, Migration & Global Studies.

Little Green Pig Charity, Facilitator, poetry workshop at Longhill school, with Roy MacFarlane

Royal College of Art, Guest Speaker on Cultural Strategies for addressing loss in Coastal Erosion

Climate Spring, South Bank Centre with Counterpoints Arts, guest speaker

Windows of Wonder, Performance alongside an 2 month exhibition of my art work and text works

Woman Up podcast, Guest performer & speaker. With Quiet Down There, AFLO Poet

Walk the Chalk Festival, Curator, performer & co-facilitator with We Hear You Now writers & poets. 5 days of workshops, walks, showcase performances including withThirdSpace Theatre actors. Produced by Laura Edmans. Commissioned by Walk The Chalk/ LYT Productions/Visit Lewes/ Heritage Lottery Fund to celebrate opening of The England Coastal Path.

Listening to the Land: Creative Climate Conversations at Renature Festival, Curator and walking workshop co-host with Georgina Aboud, Lawrence Leather. Partnership with Seven Sisters Country Park/ South Downs National Park.

Writing Our Legacy, Covert magazine #3, Introduction – commissioned writer

Changing Chalk Annual Creative Retreat, Lead for Writing our Legacy, Linklater Pavillion, Lewes. Part of the National Trust’s programme.

Charleston Festival of the Garden, Workshop curator & facilitator. Residency with other We Hear You Now poets & writers

Footnotes: Walking and Writing Workshop at Seven Sisters/ Cuckmere Haven – workshop curator and host. For and with New Writing South

Brighton Book Festival, Performer & guest speaker on panel with Michaela Loach, Marchelle Farrell.

Late Junction BBC Radio Show. We Hear You Now – feature.

Writers Mosaic, Guest editor, We Hear You Now x 2. Funded by Royal Society

Writing Our Legacy, Poetry Tour in Winchester, Performer.

Slack City Radio, Guest speaker, part of Brighton Fringe. Hosted by Max Prior.

Writer-in-Residence, Seven Sisters Country Park  &  Sussex Heritage Coast, commissioned by South Downs National Park Authority since 2020. Lead writer, curator & producer on We See You Now, a literature & landscape workshop, retreat & writer development programme for BIPOC creatives and We Hear You Now, a subsequent audiowalk series embedded across the Sussex Coast & public programme. Funded by Arts Council England & South Downs National Park Authority.

We See You Now/ We Hear You Now films and audio series, co-writer and producer. Watch/Listen here.

Right of Way, Independent Film Office screening & talk, Guest Speaker, Depot Cinema Lewes.

Brighton Festival, (Literature strand) 2023, Performing We See You Now-Writing and Walking the Global Imaginary, Attenborough Centre for the Arts.

Desire Lines Study Day, Towner Gallery with INIVA for Maria Amidu’s project. Guest artist

Colour of Chalk podcast, Host and producer. Hosted on South Downs National Park and all podcast channels. Sound engineer, Sonic Boom Audio

Artist Film poem, If You Can Imagine, commissioned by South Downs National Park Authority for Seaford Head Archeology Project.

2019-21

We See You Now, research & development project supported by Arts Council England Development support from New Writing South, Live Art Development Agency, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Writing Our Legacy.

Associate Artist, Changing Chalk for Writing Our Legacy/The National Trust, until 2025

Associate Research Fellow, Birkbeck University. Audio commission Carefree for Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality. on soundcloud.

Resident Artist and touring show, We Are Commoners (MAC and Craftspace, Birmingham), part of National AHRC project, Crafting the Commons.

2018-19

Artist in Residence, Our Place for Brighton People’s Theatre, at Brighton Festival

Commissioned artistShopkeepers of the World, for Quiet Down There / De La Warr Pavillion

Lead artist, Makers of Change and One Day programmes for Quiet Down There and A Woman’s Place across the South East. (Curated by Day + Gluckman).

2016-7

Lead artist, Revolutionary Makers installation for Women of the World Festival, Hull City of Culture

National artist-in-Residence, RISING global peace forum, Coventry, UK.

Appointed Associate Fellow at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London until 2019.

Tall Tales touring, group artist show curated by Helen and Elizabeth Wiewiora, London, Rochdale, Glasgow. Online Artist Bookshelf, Akerman and Daly.

Through a Wall, artist performer, supported by Arts Council England, Kings Cultural Institute, Guerrand Hermes Foundation for Peace

In conversation with Philosopher Sacha Golob as part Visual Arts and Philosophy Salons at Fernandez and Wells, Somerset House, London. Free.

 In conversation at the Stuart Hall Library at INIVA with Dr Christine  Checinska -Shaw.

Resident Artist Blast Theory, UK

Speaker, Theatre Conversation: approaching socially Engaged practice’,  Birkbeck University, London

2015

All About the Gift, curated performance event for Connect! Artist for Museums at Night, at Freud Museum, London.

Burning The Books, collaborative work touring and performing a Book of Debts across 9 cities over 2 years, Supported by Arts Council England and multiple partners.

The Beginnings of That Freedome, Banner artist, Westminster Hall, London for Parliament In the Making Historic Anniversaries Programme

 2013 – 14

Child’s Play,  installation, Imperial War Museum North for Asia Triennial Manchester

All is not Lost, installation, Museum of Picardy, Amiens / Festival of Art, Cities and Landscape.

Artist in residence,  Fabrica Gallery, Brighton

The Gifts (2010) shown at Hangzhou Triennial, Zhejiang Museum, China.

The Gifts of The Departed, solo show – sculptures, Manchester Craft and Design Centre.

New Players, New Roles: British-Iranian ArtGroup show100 Years Gallery, London.

Freedom Square, textile installation, Night of Festivals, touring

2010 – 2012 

Burning The Books, pilot one-off live intervention for Giving Into Gift, Bluecoat, Liverpool. 

Material Matters: memory and identity, Guest speaker, Goldsmiths University, London.

Chasing Mirrors: Portraits of the Unseencollaborative installation, The National Portrait Gallery/ supported by John Lyon’s charity.

The Gifts 1-999, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Large-scale installation commissioned through the shape of things national programme.

Dream On, book installation at QEH, South Bank Centre.

Arts Foundation Award Nominee, Textile Arts

2008 – 2009

The Bibliomancer’s Dreambook installation, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre.

Crafting Space, textile installation at Origin: The London Crafts Fair, Somerset House. Commissioned by Crafts Council. Both collaborations with sculptor Willow Winston.

Year of Artistic R+D supported by ACE/Goldsmiths (Mentor: Prof Janis Jefferies)

2005 – 7

Mother-to-Mother, artist residency and online artwork, Stream Arts, East Greenwich.

The Loom: From Text to Textile, interactive installation, The Basement, Brighton, ASF Weave and online. Supported by New Work Network / ACE. Exhibited 2007 at Goldsmiths University & archived there in the Library.

2003 – 4

1 + 1 = 3, short film, as director. Runner-up, ICA Best Short Film, HSF Festival. Screened internationally.

Artist residency, Turkish community, Queensbridge Trust/Immediate Theatre, Hackney

Abandon group show installation, Substation Project Space, Margate.

2001 – 2

Space within the Real, debut installation at artist’s home, Marine Parade, Brighton Festival Fringe (MA Final project, University of Westminster).

Labculture digital residency

Memodigital commission, PVA /Lighthouse (Hospital Festival), Brighton and Bridport Museum. Collaboration with writer Fredrik Lloyd.

EDUCATION

1999 – 2001: MA in Art and Media Practice, University of Westminster, London. Distinction.

1996 – 97: B-Tec in Electronic Media, Hoxton Bibliotech, London.

1995 – 96: Diploma in TV / Video production and Animation, Media Productions, London.

1988 – 94: Lived, taught and exhibited as a painter in Paris, France.

1986 – 87: Art Foundation course, Maidstone College of Art, UK.