Review of Relevant Activities

Courses, Development and Training

  • Permaculture Design Course – Angus Soutar – Lancaster and Chorley from May 2011 to February 2012.
  • Diploma in Urban Agriculture – University of Havana / INIFAT, November 2011
  • Winston Churchill Fellowship Small Scale Urban Agiculture in Havana, Cuba – November 2011
  • Relational Dynamics Coaching Course – Deb Barnard, Lancaster, September 2017
  • Fellow of the RSA – ongoing

Recent Creative Work

How Do You See Me? Lead Artist. Developed over two years this performance lecture invited a group of older people to explore how their sense of self had evolved over the course of their lives; revealing the current way that they saw themselves, and how this perception has changed over the years. It revealed the experiences of a lifetime as older people posed questions and triggered conversations. And explored how age can shape a sense of self that is confident, adventurous and fun. Commissioned by London College of Fashion and The Royal Academy. October 2013 – May 2015.

Once Upon A Time – Lead Artist. A project working with SARF (The Social Action and Research Foundation) exploring the idea of growing up from a child’s perspective. Aiming to shed light on unheard narratives of life, children were supported to document their lived experience through photography and to explore ideas of identity and place in a way which was accessible, playful and honest. March 2015

Meet Me At The Mount – Lead Artist. A creative residency which saw the iconic Mount Pavilion transformed into a unique Fleetwood inspired installation created from the town’s past, present and future. January to March 2015

Heritage Trees – Project Director. Working with City of Trees to develop a bespoke training session and resource exploring creative ways to support people living with dementia to engage in natural spaces, and enjoy them. This work was part of their Dementia Naturally Active project which involved running indoor and outdoor nature based activities to improve health and wellbeing. October 2016

What Is The City But The People? – Lead Arist. Creative residency based at Victoria Square in Ancoats creating an installation with older people to compliment the new performance work created by Jeremy Deller to launch Manchester International Festival 2017. July 2017.

Hull City of Culture Residency -A six month residency in Hull as part of City of Culture 2017. Working in four locations we worked with local organisations to bring people living with a dementia, and the people who support them, right to the heart of City of Culture 2017. The residencies took inspiration from: The Turner Prize, The Flood by Slung Low, Martin Parr and Blast Theory / We Made ourselves. June to December 2017

Love Springwater Park Community Woodland Event – Co-ordinator. Woodland event focused on greenwood working in Springwater Park in Whitefield. April 2018

Parks Portal – Project Artist. A project working to explore how games and play could be used to support young people to engage in greenspaces in Salford. You can download the portal below. July 2021

Home – Project Director. A short film created with women at The Jinnah Centre in Bury exploring what the idea of Home means to them. February 2020.

A Sense of Community – Project Director. A short film created with a group of women in Bolton exploring how they feel as they reach the end of the first year living through a pandemic. January – March 2021

Mud and CultureProject facilitator. Permaculture walks for home educating families. Ongoing

The Storybox Project – Director. Creative project using storytelling and imagination to engage, enliven and empower people living with dementia. Ongoing

Small Things Creative Projects – Director of this artist led social enterprise using creativity in contexts of learning, development and change. Ongoing

Volunteering / Activism

Love Springwater Park – volunteer group working to maintain and improve a greenspace in North Manchester. Ongoing

Bury Climate Action – group of local residents advocating for local climate action in Bury, Lancashire. Ongoing

Extinction Rebellion – a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Ongoing