I am a community artist with 8 years experience delivering participatory arts to organisations in the UK and abroad. I am based in South Wales and work across the South West of England & Wales.
I am a qualified teacher with 7 years teaching experience in the UK and New Zealand. In 2006 I managed the design department at Auckland Girls Grammar School.
I deliver projects and workshops that can culminate in public exhibitions and installations. I am passionate about working with communities, increasing their confidence, sense of belonging and ownership.
I am an active member of my community and am a member of the Radical Women's Drawing Society. I am an Arts Award Advisor and set up Kumiko Community Arts in 2010. I have collaborated with Bath University devising participatory arts approaches used for academic research purposes and given talks on community cohesion through the arts to housing groups and the London 2012 Olympic Committee.
In 2014 I was awarded an Artist International Development fund to look at participatory arts approaches around the topic of Death, in Accra, Ghana.
I have recently completed 18 months as the Creative Learning Manager at Creative Youth Network, managing the alternative education department which included managing and developing the Creative Careers programme. A project funded by the National Lottery and which was a finalist in the CYPNOW awards.
I am currently a part time Lecturer in Creative and Therapeutic Arts at the University of South Wales and am setting up new arts projects in Newport, South Wales.
PGCE, Goldsmiths University
BA (Hons) 3D Design, Ravensbourne College of Design
Level 5 Youth Arts Project Management, University of Buckinghamshire