Creation Through Destruction

My work exploits practice and form to create work that is not predetermined by its outcome, but rather through the process in which it is created. Destruction, abstraction and re-imagining drives this process and, as a result, the finished work can be seen more as a by-product of its production then the piece itself.

I don’t believe that I create the work, rather that I assist with its own creation. A sound, a shape, a colour or a brush stroke — whether intentional or not — can dramatically alter the direction in which my work develops. It is this uncertainty, this chance encounter, that drives me and the work which I facilitate. Through this I aim to find the beauty within the discarded, draw attention to the unnoticed, and find creation though the destructed. I do not see any of my work as being pieces, but rather site-specific installations, with every piece not truly being complete until it is in place, and it is from there — with the interaction it makes within its environment — that it becomes complete.

My love of the 60’s Fluxus art movement combined with a working class upbringing against an industrial backdrop are the two factors that most greatly influence and direct the work which I am currently making.

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear.” John Cage

Arts Practice

Director, Curator and exhibited – Nov 2018 to Present.

Pineapple Black Contemporary Arts Space

Exhibition – Feb 2018
Fragments, Durham – Three week contemporary art exhibition.

Exhibition – Feb 2018
EVE, Sheffield – Experimental video art exhibition.

Exhibition/Performance – May 2017 ‘Lost Boys’
House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough. group exhibition with KA Bird and Gemma Tierney as part of the ‘Middlesbrough Art Weekender’
Performed at FEED 5

Exhibition/Performance – September 2016 ‘Delicious Edge”
Teesside University, Middlesbrough. MA Fine Art – End of year show.

Exhibition – August 2016 ‘B.Y.O.B (Bring your own beamer)’
The Auxiliary, Stockton.

Performance – May 2016
The Auxiliary, Stockton. Opening night of the new venue and first FEED gig.

Exhibition – February 2016 ‘Malfunctioning Authenticities’
Hill St, Middlesbrough. Curated group exhibition in empty shopping unit.

Exhibition – September 2015 ‘A Version of Events’
Teesside University, Middlesbrough. MA Fine Art – End of year show.

Exhibition – August 2015 ‘Loitering’
Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough. Joint exhibition with other students from MA Fine Art, Teesside.

Exhibition – July 2015 ‘TASTE’
Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough. Joint exhibition with other students from MA Fine Art, Teesside.

Exhibition – June 2015 ‘Common Bodies’
East St Arts, Leeds. Video piece chosen to be part of an exhibition curated by Tom McGinn.

Exhibition – Jan to Feb 2015
Spennymoor Art Gallery, Middlesbrough. Curated exhibition and showed worked alongside fellow NEUA artists.

Exhibition – Oct 2014
House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough. Solo exhibition.

Exhibition – August 2014
House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough. My work chosen to be exhibited in the Library Section of the gallery.

Exhibition – Sept to Nov 2013
Hartlepool Art Gallery, Hartlepool. My work was exhibited as part of the ‘In from the outside’ exhibition. I produced three large installations as well as a number of artworks. The work was exhibited alongside a number of Urban artists including Banksy, Invader and Logan Hicks.

Mural – Aug 2013
Middlesbrough Football Club designed and painted the inside and outside of the stadium’s new ‘Family Zone’ – work featured on Sky Sports.

Event – June 1st to 2nd – Looka Teesside
Organised and ran a two day event in Stockton as part of the Festival of the North East to celebrate Teesside’s creativity. The event had pop-up art galleries, workshops, and over 70 local bands playing across three venues.

Exhibition – February 2013
Cafe Infinity, Stockton. Solo exhibition.

Exhibition – Oct to Dec 2012
Sassari’s, Middlesbrough. NEUA exhibition.

Mural – July 2012
Saltburn. Painted the 60ft x 14ft wall along the seafront for the Italian Job Event.

Exhibition – Nov 2011 to Feb 2012
Arts Bank Gallery. Solo exhibition.

Work has been featured in both Living North and GQ magazines.

Regular graffiti workshops in schools and youth clubs.

Weekly arts therapy workshop at Holme House Prison, Stockton – 2014 to 2015

Murals in offices, bars, nightclubs and children’s rooms.