2014 – 2016 Western Sydney University, Masters of Art therapy
2014 Competency Training Institute Certificate IV, Training and Assessment TAE40110
2007 – 2010 University of Greenwich, PGCE level 5 diploma for teaching in the Lifelong Learning sector (DTLLS) 2004 – 2006London Metropolitan University, BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts
2002 – 2004 University of Brighton, HND Art and Design (Craft)
Ku-ring-gai Arts Centre, Roseville NSW (2017 ongoing): jewellery tutor
The Forensic Hospital, Malabar NSW (2016): trainee art therapist in a high secure setting, working with patients with severe mental illness and personality disorders (including schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, trauma)
Sydney Community College, Rozelle NSW (2014 ongoing): regular jewellery and metalwork tutor for adult courses & adults with learning disabilities
Square Peg Studio, Marrickville NSW (2014-2015):jewellery tutor for adult courses
Wessex Youth Offending Team, Hampshire (2007-2013): Developing and delivering art projects to 11-18 year olds to increase literacy and numeracy and to achieve the nationally accredited Arts Award
Spectral Arts, Brighton (2005-2013): community arts organisation specialising in working with children 7 – 16 Years
Regular tutor at art centres in the South of England (2007-2013) – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell; MakingSpace, Havant; MoreArts, Wokingham: tutor for adults’ and young people’s metalwork classes, outreach, community projects and Arts Award scheme. Including working with children with dyslexia and aspergers syndrome.
2015 & 2016 Dean’s Merit List for outstanding academic achievement, Western Sydney University
2013 Vodafone World of Difference Funding for work with Freedom Matters
2009 Solo Exhibition Bursary, South Hill Park, Bracknell
2006 Goldsmiths’ Hall Precious Metal Bursary
2004 Vincent Lines Memorial Trust Annual Award
2013 Jeweller in Residence – Freedom Matters, Kathmandu Nepal. Working with deaf adults and survivors of human trafficking
2007 – 2009 Silversmith in Residence – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Teaching and developing personal practice
2017 Garnet and sterling silver cufflinks Bracknell Collection
2012 The Royal Society of Arts, London, UK Desire, Guildhall, Winchester, UK
2011Desire, Guildhall, Winchester, UK
Spring Bling, Platform Gallery, Hatton Garden, London, UK Runnymede Gallery, Runnymede, UK
2010 Winter Collection, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, UK Evolution, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, UK
2009 Bracknell re:views, (solo exhibition), South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, UK
Spinning Cocktail ring, Sterling silver
Image: Simon B Armitt
Garden of Earthly Delights, Botannical Gardens, Mt Tomah
2014 Art-Nature-Wellbeing, Verge Gallery, Newtown, Sydney
2013 Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings Art Centre, UK Desire, Guildhall, Winchester, UK
SELECTED PUBLIC & COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS
Himalayan Jewellery Project – for charity Freedom Matters in Kathmandu, Nepal
Three months working in Nepal with deaf adults and human trafficking survivors. Helping to empower beneficiaries to develop designs, improve skills and production processes to enable the group to problem solve and create saleable jewellery for ethical buyers.
Olympic Bottle Tree (2.5m x 2m) Tree of Inspiration commission for Wokingham Borough Council
Inspired by the Olympics and themes of the Cultural Olympiad. A participatory project, created by adults with learning disabilities, depicting positive messages about the Borough using 74 recycled plastic bottles. Designed to be transportable and illuminated so it could be displayed throughout the Borough.
Garden Creature Mosaic Planter (1.2m x 0.6m x 0.6m) Create to Learn project for Big Arts Week
Key Stage 2 (age 7-11) Gifted and Talented art class Gainsborough Community Primary School, Hackney, London
A 3 month project made using recycled materials designed primarily by the participants for use by the gardening club.
Enlighten Jubilee Square, Brighton. Created by Spectral Arts (total height 6m, sculpture 1m)
A Christmas commission inspired by community workshops funded by the Urban Cultural Programme (Arts Council England) for Brighton & Hove City Council. I designed and fabricated the top sculpture and led some of the inspiration workshops.