June 2016 High Street Neighbours
Lead artist on the Stove’s Conversing Building project, High Street Neighbours is the first of a series of projects throughout 2017 to create discussion and encourage our building at 100 High Street, and the surrounding areas to better connect with and engage with Stove projects and conversations.
November 2016 Chapter One
Lead Artist and curator of The Stove Network’s Chapter One event: a two day take over of the Baker’s Oven in Dumfries, including exhibition ‘People’s Dumfries’, installation space, cinema, workshops and performance.
August 2016 Wave Decay: Sonitorium
Temporary sound and sculptural installation created in collaboration with sound artist Justin K Prim. Created for a secret location in rural Annandale.
May 2016 TRANSMUTE
Group exhibition exploring formative relationships, held at 107 Projects, Redfern, Syndey, Australia featuring the work ‘Do You Know How Many Times I’ve Thought About Writing On The Paper That I’m Writing On’, in response to an ongoing connection to childhood pen-pal Amy Gardner.
December 2015 SUBMERGE
Curator and artist as part of The Stove’s SUBMERGE exhibition, part of ArtCOP21 and ArtCOP Scotland. A series of projects and workshops exploring Dumfries relationship with water and climate.
August 2015 Quest
Commissioned cast water vessels as part of Jan Hogarth’s Quest project during the second Environmental Arts Festival Scotland.
Summer 2015 Environmental Arts Festival Scotland
Production Intern as part of the team organising the second biannual Environmental Arts Festival Scotland. Works included artist liason, signage, the EAFS Village Post Office and online content.
June 2015 CALDEWGATE
Allumni exhibition marking the closing of the Fine Art campus at the University of Cumbria (formerly Cumbria Institute of the Arts). Salt of the Earth exhibited as part of this exhibition.
May 2015 Open House
A social media project as part of The Stove’s Open House, inviting Dumfries to get talking. Encouraging participants to write speech bubbles online or on the streets and discussing future ambitions for the town. The best slogans were selected and made into a limited edition t-shirt screenprint, created with artist Sarah Keast and members of the Young Stove.
March 2015 Making.Art
Group exhibition of installation and contemporary craft makers at Kulturschopfer’s Green Hill Gallery in Berlin, organised by Spring Fling and curator Kate Brehme. Work exhibited included Salt of the Earth and Speak Softly.
March 2014 – June 2015 The Stove@The Stove
The Stove is is a project to embed creativity in the structures and thinking that shape a future we all will share. It is two things, firstly an artist led collective creating participatory public art events the citizens of Dumfries in constructive and practical action in the town. Secondly, it is a building in the town centre of Dumfries acting as an HQ for the project and will operate 100 High Street as a social enterprise.
TheStove@TheStove is a 16 month series of temporary projects, residencies and events embedding the Stove Network into Dumfries town centre and exploring the relationship of 100 High Street to the wider town. Projects have so far included Charter14 as part of Guid Nychburris 2014, Nithraid and Parking Space.
Nov 2014 – Feb 2015 Lockerbie Academy Artists in Residence
A Spring Fling project which saw myself, textile artist Morag Macpherson and graphic artist Kirsty Turpie work in collaboration with the art department and school students to develop a new permanent work for the school. Students in my groups cast a new collection of coins for Lockerbie, exploring representational art in the everyday, the act of making and of course the joys of bringing a pedal-powered foundry into the school!
October 2014 Parking Space (part of TheStove@TheStove)
From street games to street food, Parking Space explored a town centre location that some locals had not even ventured into the depths of, as well as creating a space for artists, skaters and members of the public to come together and experience the familiar in an entirely unfamiliar light.
For two days in October we took occupation of an underused underground car park in the town centre. Kicking the event off with our AGM, and a discussion evening over stovies led by Open Jar Collective and Dot to Dot Active Arts; the weekend saw the creation of a full size cinema (complete with roller-skating usherettes), a temporary skate park, as well as film and moving image installation works.
March 2014 Scottish Sculpture Workshop – Emerging Artist Residency
Month long residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, developing a new body of work in response to location of the workshop in rural Aberdeenshire. The work grew from walking out into the landscape, the act of walking for leisure, of the direction taken, the destination perceived, the viewpoint and the returning walk. The need to somehow map or document our leisure persuits whether through ‘bucket lists’, photographing memories on summits or cairn building.
The work is currently incomplete.
January 2014 Close Enough
A temporary audio and light installation installed in one of Dumfries’ closes. As part of Big Burns Supper’s Occupy Dumfries project, the work was a temporary intervention within one of the towns periphery, in-between spaces creating a momentary pause in an otherwise through-space.
2013 Creetown Ferry Bell Tower as part of The Stove Network
The Creetown Ferry Bell was a Stove Network project commissioned by the Creetown Initiative to signpost the town from the A75. The Ferry Bell was developed over six months of public consultation with the town, including holding a competition to reinstate Creetown’s Town Crier, and a live bronze pour of the new bell from the old blacksmiths shop on the main street. The final sculpture complete with bell and flags was unveiled in February 2014. www.ferrythorn.blogspot.com
Autumn 2013 VAACMA Award – Salt of the Earth [Solway]
Visual Art and Craft Makers Award from Dumfries and Galloway Council to develop a new body of work exploring site, material and memory on the Solway coast. The work focused on the transient nature of our relationship with objects and consumerism, as materials were gathered, cast and then given back to the earth.September 2013 Voices from the Phone Box
The Voices from the Phone Box project travelled to Wigtownshire in the west of Dumfries and Galloway as part of The Wigtown Book Festival.
The flying butcher. Magic Hour. The kindness of folk. There was always plenty o’ work. It’s all gone no’. BOS 648. Still living in the past here. A modern life. I never even knew Whithorn existed….
I’ll never be a local.
August 2013 Voices from the Phone Box
As part of the first Environmental Arts Festival Scotland.
Part sculptural installation, part audio archive; voices gathered together, conversations collected, about local connections to place filled a disused K6 phone box in Clarencefield village. Hand cast ceramic handsets spoke out with the ghost like memories of places past and present. http://www.environmentalartfestivalscotland.com/projects/voice-from-the-phone-box/
June 2013 Back 2 Back Dumfries as part of The Stove Network
As part of the Stove Network, 100 High Street, Dumfries.
A street art styled collaborative artwork created by the Stove alongside participants from YES (the Youth Enquiry Service), the wider Stove membership, as well as open participation on Guid Nychburris Day, an annual local festivity. Workshops developed a range of stencils which were then used to create a large scale pavement ‘drawing’ – a mapping of a contemporary identity for Dumfries, engaging with participants to see their public space in different ways. www.thestove.org
August 2012-2013 Emerging Contemporary Artist Residency
Fully supported residency based at WASPS studios, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway funded by The Holywood Trust. As part of the residency exhibited works were included in Spring Fling 2013, Scotland’s largest open studios event and the WASPS Summer Show in Kirkcudbright Town Hall.September 2012. RISE, The Galley, Atlas Works, Denton Holme, Carlisle.
Open exhibition held in an artist run gallery space. Transient Permanence, a work comprising of cast light bulbs in concrete and unfired clay hung from the rafters of what was once a working mill.
“Artefact – possible ritual use?”
fossilised icons.’ Castling, M. (2012)
June 2012 Axiom. Caldewgate, University of Cumbria.
Final year Degree Show. The Transient Nature of Objects was produced for Axiom, three collections of everyday objects remade as icons for a material age, the work sought to question contemporary throw-away culture and explore the effects of remaking – pervaded by the essence of the handmade.January 2012. The Emporium, Botchergate, Carlisle.
Student led project held in a disused shop space. The Emporium sought to engage with one of many disused shop spaces in Carlisle – works exploring consumerism and rampant materialism took over the space for a week, and included discussions, film screenings and a late night opening. The Handling Session was presented as part of The Emporium, an opportunity for visitors to interact intimately with a series of hand made replicas of mass produced commodities.
“The genuineness of a thing is the quintessence of everything about it since its creation that can be handed down, from it’s material duration to the historical witness that it bears.” Benjamin, W. (1936:7)