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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
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.
Commissioned by Artlink / Hull Citycare to create a series of artworks for the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre, Hull.
Commission to make window-based and sculptural artworks for the Chemotherapy Unit at Scarborough Hospital. A collaboration with Adrian Riley.
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.
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.
Cut – group show of paper-cut artwork, Electric Angel Gallery, Scarborough 
Commission to make glass panels for La Lanterna restaurant, Scarborough.
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.
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

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.

Essence – a selection from the British Glass Biennale, The Glass Art Gallery, London
Light and Line, solo exhibition at Wave Contemporary Craft Gallery, Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire
British Glass Biennale – part of the International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge

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.



Everyone’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.
The Ten – MA Glass Degree show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne
Solo exhibition at Electric Angel Gallery, Scarborough. Part of Coastival arts festival.



Whilst a student I was awarded £15,000 from the Technology Strategy Board to undertake a ‘Creative Industries Feasibility Study’ exploring technology within architectural glass, concentrating on digital imaging, water-jet cutting and the artistic application of coated glassNew Designers exhibition, Business Design Centre, Islington, London.



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



North Yorkshire Open Studios exhibition, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
North Yorkshire Open Studios exhibition, The Folly, Settle
Drift – public art project, Woodend Museum, Scarborough
Artist in Residence and workshop leader, Sita School, Silvepura, Bangalore, India
Scarborough Hospital – commission for wall based artwork, part of Year of the Artist

Arts Management and Education Experience

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