Bio

My work centres on the representation of the rural. The rural myth idealises landscape and obscures those who live and work on the land.

There are tensions between the recreational use of land and land as a means of survival. It can cast rural workers as destroyers while simultaneously denying land as the source of food and raw materials.

I hope that my work helps to make those working on the land more visible and raises debate around these issues.

Projects and exhibitions

7/2020 Became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
2018-date Documentation of solitary food growers – market gardeners, allotment holders and people growing food at home. Photographs, recorded interviews, and soil samples from each site.
2018 Alumni fellow, Nottingham Trent University
11/2018-date “Quarried”, County Hall, Matlock
07/2017 Buxton Art Trail, prints from “Quarried” and the rock & water series
05/2017 “Here & Now” AA2A artists, 5-21 May, Sheffield Hallam University, SIA Gallery, Cantor Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU
04/2017 “Quarried” 30 prints from the Quarried project. 03-28 April 2017. Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, Bath
03/2017 Ten prints from the “M40 Warwickshire” project included in “Creating the Countryside – Thomas Gainsborough to Today”, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
2016-17 AA2A – Artists Access to Art Colleges placement at Sheffield Hallam University
2016 “Midland Open”, Tarpey Gallery, DE74 2PQ, August 20 – September 17
2016 “Basic Human Needs”, Blaenfos, SA39 0HU, 5-26 June 2016
2016 “The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter” Exhibition of images from the 1983 project at Calumet Photographic, Birmingham, 2-30 April 2016
2013-16 “Quarried” alternative landscapes of the Peak District. Exhibition at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, 6 Feb-10 April 2016
1990-2005 Freelance articles for magazines in the UK, US and Australia.
1990-91 Documentary commission to record the building of the Cable & Wireless college, Coventry.
1989 The fall of the Berlin Wall, freelance photography for national newspapers.
1988-90 “M40 Warwickshire” exhibition, Ikon gallery, Birmingham. A smaller, lightweight version also toured until 1991 as part of the Ikon gallery touring programme.
1987 Artist in residence Trinity School, Leamington Spa.
1986 The M40 Warwickshire project.
1986 “Farmwork 2” exhibition, a smaller, lightweight version toured until 1989.
1986 “Farmwork”, the work and people of modern British agriculture exhibition ; launched at the 1986 Royal Show and toured to 80 UK venues, 1986-1991.
1985 Commission to record the renovation and conversion of new building for West Midlands Arts, Birmingham.
1984-88 The Farmwork Project
1984 “Youth in Coventry”, commissioned project documenting the work of Coventry Youth Support Team.
1984 Rotary International Convention, commissioned exhibition of the work of Rotary Clubs; the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
1983 Coventry – Reconstructions of the Modern, Ikon gallery touring programme.
1983 The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, black and white prints and text; Ikon gallery touring programme.
1982 Colour in the Urban Landscape, Cibachrome prints; Coventry Polytechnic.
1981 Orkney – Land and People, black and white prints; Coventry Polytechnic.

Books

2016 “Farmwork” Cafe Royal Books
2016 “Jewellery Quarter” Cafe Royal Books
1990 “Sharp voices still lives” (Contributor) Corner House Publications. 1990 ISBN 0948797851
1988 “Farmwork, men and women on the land” Chatto and Windus, London. ISBN 070113299x
1988 “M40 Warwickshire” Ikon gallery. ISBN 0907594239

Collections

“Quarried” exhibition, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery permanent collection
“Farmwork” Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
[http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/merl/tag/farmwork/]
“M40 Warwickshire” Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

Education

2013-15 MA photography (Distinction) Nottingham Trent University. Project about the representation of the rural resulting in an exhibition, “Quarried”, shown at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, Feb – April 2016.
1982-83 MA Graphic Design (visual communication) City of Birmingham Polytechnic. Photographic projects included a documentation of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter which was an Ikon gallery touring exhibition
1979-82 BA (Hons) Communication Studies, Coventry Polytechnic. Options included, photography, video, sound and art history

Visiting lecturer

06/2016 Blackpool Sixth Form College
01/2016 Nottingham Trent University, MA Photography
09/2015 Central College Nottingham
01/2015 Blackpool Sixth Form College

Employment

1984-2005 Freelance photojournalist specialising in horticulture, farming and country life and the representation of the rural particularly with an emphasis on work.
1983-2005 Open University, tutor, student counsellor and assistant senior counsellor (P-T)
1979-1983 Full time higher education
1967-1979 Electronics and radio communication industries
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