The launch of a new documentary "Ice Alice" about the microbial secrets of the cryosphere

My work looks at human interaction with the environment, especially issues around journey, elements, water and memory. My practice is multimedia and multidisciplinary, using drawing, paint, photography, sculpture, installation, walking, performance and sound to investigate the world.

 

 

2021                         

Trade/Exchange commission with University of Exeter, Devon and Exeter Institution, Exeter City Council, Exeter Culture – site specific installation

 Commissioned exhibition St Nicholas Priory, Exeter, ‘Reading Water’

 

2020                         

UNESCO Exeter City of Literature commission ‘Reading Water’ – a walking art/ artist book about the River Exe and literature

The Box, Plymouth ‘State of Emergency’ Contemporary Art Micro commission

 

2019                         

Hothouse/Coolhouse ‘Tasting the Change’ residency with CCANW, Science Walden, and artdotearth.

University of Plymouth Sustainable Earth Institute Creative Associate Grant 

Artist in residence with ExeterMarine, University of Exeter and Galapagos Conservation Trust

 

2018                         

‘Plymouth Futures’  as part of Plymouth Art Weekender and The Atlantic Project

 

2017-18                   

Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence: ‘ice reportwith the University of Sheffield Department of Geography, University of Norway in Svalbard, researching the cryosphere with Professor Andy Hodson.

 

2017                         

‘Swift’, Princesshay Exeter 10th Anniversary Sculpture, with The Crown Estate.

A-n The Artist Information Company Travel Bursary

Expedition artist, Tasmania with Professor Jenny Pickerill, University of Sheffield.

‘Makers of the Multiverse’ Spacex Gallery/Juneau Projects/Preston Street Union (PSU)

‘Random Art Machine’ with PSU

‘Five Bridges and a Waffle’ walk with interventions in time and space, with PSU

 

2016

Preston Street Union (PSU), collaborative project, Spacex Gallery with Trevor Pitt, Cathy Wade, Emily Warner, Juneau Projects, and Clare Thornton                                  

VASW mentoring award with Preston Street Union (PSU)

‘Bookmarks’ with PSU and Libraries Unlimited

 

2015                         

Arctic Expedition artist on s/v Ezra to East Greenland in the High Arctic (UK to Greenland via Faroes and Iceland)

‘Drawing breath’, improvisational multi-media performance with Al Swainger, musician

Arts Council England Grant funding for R&D of One Small Peace – large-scale public-participation project for Exeter, with Exeter Cathedral

 

2014                         

‘The Driftwood Cross’ permanent collection of Exeter Cathedral

 

2013                         

‘All About Migration’,  in collaboration with Professor Stuart Bearhop, University of Exeter.

Exeter City Council Lead artist on design of street furniture. Commissioned by Exeter City Council

 ‘Copper Copse’ site specific sculpture for Yarner Wood, Dartmoor with Natural England

 

2012                         

‘Art of Australia’, with Professor Jenny Pickerill, University of Sheffield and Professor Sam Smiles, University of Exeter

 

2010                         

Expedition artist on expedition to the Kimberley, remote NW Australia, with Professor Jenny Pickerill

 

2009                         

Artist in residence – Parks Canada and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery – Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, including shadowing and working with Park Rangers and scientists

 

Public Speaking and Media

2020                         

Into Everywhere Festival, Bodmin: artist talk and workshop

 

2019                         

British Science Week, ‘Art meets science: journeys to the ends of the earth’ with Dr Anne Le Brocq, Senior lecturer in glaciology, University of Exeter

‘Evolving the Forest’ symposium, Dartington: performative talk

RGS-IBG ‘Explore Southwest’ Communicating your Research panellist

 

2018                         

Royal Geographical Society London, ‘Ice Alive’

‘Frozen Pint of Science’, Sheffield                                  

‘Explore’ RGS-IBG, London – Communicating your research panellist

BBC Paul Hudson Weather Show

 

2017                         

Films and interviews for ‘Swift’ including BBC and ITV

2016                         

Exeter Phoenix/Exeter School of Art Artists’ Talks            

 

Publications and Collections

2020   

‘Evolving the Forest’, published by art.earth, in collaboration with Timber Strategies, CCANW, Science Walden, Korea.

‘Culture, Community and Climate: conversations and emergent praxis’, published by art.earth

2019                         

RGS-IBG Annual Conference Poster ‘The art of politics: representing sustainability challenges in the UK’s overseas territories’, with Dr Nichola Harmer

2016                         

‘POST SOUP’ with PSU, Topos, limited edition artist book

2015

‘A Passion for Glass’ – The Dan Klein and Alan J. Poole private collection of modern glass, Edited by Rose Watban, published by National Museums, Scotland.

National Museum of Scotland permanent collection – ‘Memory of D’, sandcast glass bowl, Dan Klein and Alan J Poole collection

 

Education

1998 – 2002

BA Art and Design – 1st class Honours, University of Sunderland, UK

1990 – 1994

BA Modern Languages – 2:1 Honours (French and German), University of Durham, UK