Education and Qualifications
2013 – Awarded an AHRC studentship for PhD research, graduating 2020, University of Sunderland
2009 – MA Glass (Distinction), University of Sunderland
1998 – Qualified Youth Worker & Management in Youth work
1989 – BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting) Wimbledon School of Art———————————–––––––————————————————————————————————————————————————— Selected exhibitions, commissions & awards 2020 Covid-19 screens – commissioned by Jack Drum Arts to make 3 acrylic screens for their office in Crook, County Durham – designed to bring beauty rather than a clinical feel to their HQ during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tapton House – private commission within a modernist house in Sheffield. Bringing nature inside the internal window features imagery sourced from the garden. With multiple layers of glass, reflections and views through to foliage outside, inside and outside merge. 2018/19 Commissioned by Artlink / Hull Citycare to create a series of artworks for the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre, Hull. 2017 Commission to make window-based and sculptural artworks for the Chemotherapy Unit at Scarborough Hospital. A collaboration with Adrian Riley. 2016/17 St Peter’s – Commissioned with Adrian Riley to design and make 12 stained glass windows for the Chapterhouse at St Peter’s Church, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, the site of the 7th Century Monastery where Bede wrote his seminal work The Reckoning of Time, on which the artwork is based. 2014 Barnsley PALS – Public Art Commission to make a WW1 memorial artwork in Centenary Square, Barnsley. Yorkshire Water – commission to make 40m glass artwork for the exterior of the Headworks pumping station, Bridlington. A collaboration with Adrian Riley and Jo Holmes. 2013 Cut – group show of paper-cut artwork, Electric Angel Gallery, Scarborough Commission to make glass panels for La Lanterna restaurant, Scarborough. 2012 Shortlisted for the Garfield Weston Foundation Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Window Competition City of York Council – West Offices. Commissioned to make a large glass screen for the main Customer Services area and art-glass manifestation lines for the main entrance doors. Commission to make a sculptural memorial for staff, York Hospital. A collaboration with Adrian Riley. Glass partition wall, private commission, Runswick Bay. Two window commissions, private residences, York. 2011 Demonstrator at Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire. Art + Play – commissioned by 20:21 Gallery, Scunthorpe to make an art exhibit that also functions as a play object for under 6’s. A collaboration with my sister, artist Kathryn Welford. In a Different Light, solo exhibition at Woodend Art and Craft Gallery, Scarborough. Part of Coastival festival 2010
Commissioned by Saint Gobain Glass UK to create Glass artwork for their boardroom to mark the 10th anniversary of their Eggborough plant. A collaboration with artist Eleanor Bird. In 2009 SGGUK sponsored my business development.
North Yorkshire Open Studios
Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle.
Commission to make 3 glass panels for lifts in York Hospital. A collaboration with Adrian Riley.
2009Everyone’s Always Somewhere – Commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council to make art waymarking for landscaping on the old railway line between Scarborough and Whitby. Involved workshops with young people. A collaboration with Adrian Riley of Electric Angel Design and poet John Wedgewood Clarke.
Grants for the Arts research & development award, Arts Council England, Yorkshire.
John Downes Memorial trust – equipment grant
Commission to make 12 glass awards for the Thundercat Racing world championships
2006North Yorkshire Open Studios exhibition, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate >> 2005 North Yorkshire Open Studios exhibition, The Folly, Settle Drift – public art project, Woodend Museum, Scarborough >>> 2003 Artist in Residence and workshop leader, Sita School, Silvepura, Bangalore, India >> 2001 Scarborough Hospital – commission for wall based artwork, part of Year of the Artist ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Arts Management and Education Experience2010 Creative practitioner for Creative Partnerships Hull ~ working with the Graham and Raincliffe Schools Federation, Scarborough, developing an Enquiry project which engages students in creative thinking and project-based learning, developing a bank of transferable skills that they can apply to their learning across the curriculum. >>> Rollercoastival – managing theatre and dance projects with local primary and secondary schools, towards performances at Coastival arts festival 2011. >>> 2005 – 2009 Audience development consultancy work, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Includes facilitating young people to curate ‘Crazy, Damn Right I’m Crazy’ a Select exhibition from the Arts Council Collection – in partnership with Dorcas Taylor. Initiated and managed Find Out – Feed In an Engage research project with 14-18’s. >>> 1997 – 2004 Director, Scarborough Festival of Youth Arts Initiated and managed numerous community arts projects with young people aged 12-25 >>> 1998 – 2001 Project Manager, Northern Lights (touring collaborative curatorial project) Large-scale two year audience development project, looking at young people 16-25 and contemporary craft. Working with a team of 5 young curators (age 17-22), it involved initiating and touring 2 exhibitions of contemporary craft and design to 3 venues across the north of England plus a series of commissions and residencies. >>> 1995 – 1996 Assistant Keeper, The Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield >>> 1992 – current Artist & workshop leader for education projects in schools and art galleries