I am a degree educated fine artist, I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001 and did my Foundation Studies at Wimbledon School of Art. I moved to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 and am now a resident. I am currently the Program Manager at Newtown School’s OSCAR (out of school) program and work freelance on mural projects in Wellington. I am also a qualified youth worker.
In 2000 a friend and I started Girls On Top crew, an all girl graffiti collective, to help redress the gender imbalance in graffiti. We work on shows, commissions and paint at festivals together.
The majority of my projects are community engagement projects which explore ways of giving ownership of a space to young people, developing their sense of identity, developing skills or assisting different community groups to create public artwork around a chosen theme. I run accredited projects resulting in AQA’s and Arts Awards (UK) for participants.
Some of my groups have behavioural issues at school, have been excluded or are young offenders. These groups can be hard to engage with in some ways, but I find they are usually very excited and engage well with group mural projects.
I have been working with spray paint since the late 1990’s. Spray paint is useful as it covers a lot of space quickly and you can get great effects in a short time, I do still like using brushes though!
I am a bit of a nature geek. I do regular work as a conservation volunteer. In 2014 I trained as a Volunteer Officer for The Conservation Volunteers in Richmond and Hounslow and helped the South West London Environment Network. I am currently volunteering for Zealandia Ecosanctuary, and learning more about New Zealand’s conservation issues. The panda motif seen in many of my walls (pre 2014) is, for me a symbol of conservation, riffing off the World Wildlife Fund logo that is so iconic. Since moving to New Zealand I have been captivated by the bird life here and the efforts that are made to protect it and to improve native bird populations.
-Super Kawaii. Matchbox Studios, Wellington 2016
-Honey Badgers 2.0. Wellington 2016
-Plantae group show. In Good Company, Wellington. 2015
-Fools and Horses group show. Converse @ Copeland Gallery, London 2014
-Femme Fierce. Cre-8 Gallery, London. 2014
-Girls On Top present Colours. Tower Gallery, Newcastle 2013
-Mr Sheriffs Artists 20th Anniversary of RC Sherriff Trust. Robert Philips Gallery, Walton-Upon-Thames 2013
-Type Tasting . A display of creative typography. V&A London 2013
– Art House, Heatham House Summer Exhibition group show. Twickenham, 2013
-Girls On Top crew show at the Bob Bar, Eastside Manhattan, NY 2013
-Sweet Arts, Show 1, International Women’s day group show. The Crypt Gallery, London, 2013
-26th Chamber opening show, Northampton 2012
-Art House, Heatham House Summer Exhibition group show and live art. 2012
-Girls On Top “Sweet” jam (curator) Heatham House youth club, Twickenham. 2012
– Grufts at Graffik. A group show of dog paintings. Portobello Rd, London. 2012
-Special Brews group show, The Boilerhouse, Cardiff. 2012
-Creative Minds Group Show. Kingston-Upon-Thames. 2011
-Street Sound Fresh Reunion, London 2011.
-Art House, Heatham House Summer Exhibition group show and live art. 2011
-Eurocultured X ,Manchester. Group show. Blank Space Manchester. 2011
-Hu-R-Yu group show. “Braille Graffiti” and live painting. The Hu-Man Gallery, Burnley. 2011
-Girls On Top group show @ Lockside Lounge. Camden, London. 2011
-Wholetrain meets Combat Calligraphy, international art show. CUC, Liverpool. 2010
-Hope Mill Open Studio, Manchester 2010
-“Fab Fridge” magnetic street art. Bath 2010
-Grenade Gallery, gallery opening group show Notting Hill, London, 2008
-“Let There Be Light” 6 month art residency. St Georges Church, Esher, Surrey 2008
-Girls On Top @ the Frisson Gallery, Canterbury 2008
-Writers Beyond the Wall part 2. The Arthouse, Southampton 2007
-Guerilla Zoo Hijacks the Toilet Gallery. Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey 2007
-“Bustin’ Loose”, The Queen Boadicca, London EC1, 2007
-Solo Show. The Arthouse, Southampton 2006
-Writers Beyond the Wall. The Arthouse, Southampton 2006
-“Journeys Beginning” Brooklands Shopping Centre, Weybridge, Garsons Farm, Esher & Robert Philips Gallery, Walton-upon Thames 2006
-“Funny Ha-Ha” Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art and Craft Gallery, Hampshire 2001
-“Fresh Art” (featured artist) Business Design Centre, Islington, London 2001
-“Mancunian Candidates” Manchester Metropolitan University 2001
-“Year 2” Righton Gallery, Manchester 2000
-Foundation show. Wimbledon School of Art 1998
Paint My Panda regular freelance roles:
Other clients include: Youth Law, Enspiral, Greys District Youth, Sticks and Stones/Project Positive
Other clients include: Richmond Youth Partnership, Dragonfly Events, Sony Playstation, ‘The Priory’ Radstock, Opening Doors homeless charity, Feltham CLC, Eastpak “Tag My Pak”, Urban Damage, We Are Skyhigh, Events by Interact, Non Conform Agency, City West, Manchester Camerata, Toms Shoes, Knowsley Council, Brugal Rum, NJLIVE, BBC Blast, Hounslow Homes, NBC Universal, Spearfish, EuroCultured, North MusicTrust/Comusica, Capital of Culture- (Turku- Finland), A.R.K schools, Isleworth Explorers,Paragon Community Housing Group, Blackpool Coach Services Ltd, Milkshake Montessori Nursery, Elmbridge Borough Council, Thames Valley Housing Association, Speakeasy (France), Heavenly Dish, Watermans Art Centre, Brighton Youth Centre, Runnymead Borough Council, Sustrans, Feltham Rugby club, The Eikon Charity, East Dulwich Picturehouse, Friends Of River Crane Environment, Surrey Docks Young Farmers, The Conservation Volunteers, Achieving for Children, Dalgarno Trust, plus many individual schools and youth clubs around the UK.
I have also volunteered with: Forest and Bird, Places for Penguins, The Conservation Volunteers and Sustainability Trust
Funding bids secured