Artist bio

Born in Fife, I grew up in the Scottish Borders and studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. I have lived and worked in Dundee since 2007.

My practice is guided by noticing and I use illustration as a means of understanding my surroundings; people; places; histories. Being directed by observation leads me to illustrate myriad topics that may delight, educate, amuse or challenge. Primarily working in pencil, paint and ink, I combine hand-drawn layers using traditional and digital printing methods, creating playful and engaging illustrations.

 

Education

  • MA with Distinction, Illustration | 2014 | Edinburgh College of Art

  • BA (Hons) 1st Class, Visual Communication | 2007 | Edinburgh College of Art

 

Residencies

  • Hospitalfield, Free Drawing School | May 2019 – April 2020

Year long residency exploring 800 year history of Hospitalfield’s Walled Garden.

Making drawings on location and from original archival documents, my research culminated in the production of a graphic novel In the Garden at Hospitalfield, due for publication Spring 2021.

  • Dundee International Women’s Centre| November 2017 - June 2018

This residency stemmed from three years working at DIWC and led to the production of my solo exhibition Patterns of Migration, where I illustrated stories describing the complex challenges facing people who have migrated to the UK.

  • Edinburgh College of Art | August 2014 – July 2015

 

Awards

  • Community Ideas Fund | November 2019 | Dundee

  • Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award | March 2019 | Dundee

  • Writing for Children Award (Highly Commended) | August 2016 | Moniack Mhor

  • Kelpies Design and Illustration Award (Shortlisted) | February 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Andrew Grant Scholarship | September 2013

  • Helen A. Rose Bequest | July 2007

  • Andrew Grant Bequest | July 2007

  • Macmillan Prize for Children's Picture Books (Highly Commended) | May 2007

 

Exhibitions

  • Living Together - Housing in Dundee | group exhibition | November 2019 - January 2020 | Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee

  • Little Originals | group exhibition | Dock Street Studios, Dundee | December 2019

  • Art for All | group exhibition | Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee | August - October 2019

  • Patterns of Migration | solo exhibition | March – July 2018 | Verdant Works, Dundee

  • DCW Takeover | group exhibition | September 2017 | GENERATORprojects, Dundee

  • Rain, rain | solo exhibition | November 2008 | Coconut Grove, Edinburgh

 

Selected projects

  • In the Garden at Hospitalfield | graphic novel |Hospitalfield (publication 2021)

  • Efter a Hard Day’s Graft | wall mural | Lochee Community Regeneration, June 2020

  • Dundee Eats | food guide and maps | Dundee City Council, 2019

  • Free Drawing School | poster | Hospitalfield, 2019

  • Spring-y | poster and learning resources | Hopscotch Children’s Theatre | Glasgow, 2019

  • Dundee’s Waterfront | booklet illustration| Dundee Heritage Trust, 2019

  • Dundee Days | Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail | Wild in Art, 2019

  • Dundee Women’s Festival | booklet design and illustration | 2019 and 2018

  • Procrastination | poster illustration | Creative Dundee, 2018

  • Page from my sketchbook | wall mural | Open/Close Dundee, 2017

 

Gallery Education and Community Art

I have over six years’ experience working with community groups, schools, young people, and vulnerable adults on creative projects. I regularly plan and deliver sessions for V&A Dundee and McManus Galleries, Dundee. I am listed on Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature database and have worked on several projects with UNESCO City of Design Dundee.

Roles

·       Artist in Residence | Hospitalfield Free Drawing School | May 2019 – April 2020

Designing drawing workshops at Hospitalfield for community groups, schools, young people, vulnerable adults, plus outreach sessions in Arbroath.

      Creative Educator | V&A Dundee | September 2018 - ongoing

Designing and facilitating creative learning workshops and tours for primary schools; community groups; families; public drop-ins and outreach sessions.

·     Creative Educator | McManus Galleries | Dundee | November 2015 – ongoing

Planning and delivering creative learning workshops for community groups; families, young people, schools and outreach sessions across venues in Dundee.

Selected projects

·       Dundee Design Parade | Dundee | April – May 2018 and 2019

Working with Dundee-based youth groups to design and create items inspired by UNESCO cities, for display in Dundee Design Parade.

·       Re-Formation | Dundee | July – September 2018

Street art project with a group of young people at the Finmill Centre, Dundee.

·       Make a Zine! | Dundee International Women’s Centre | November 2018

Part of Book Week Scotland programme. Taught participants (families) how to make an 8-page book using one sheet of paper.

·       Rebel Books! | Broughty Ferry Library | November 2018

Part of Book Week Scotland programme. Taught the group (children aged 8-12) simple book-making techniques and explored making nonsense stories.

·       Layers and Mark-making | Forgan Arts Centre | November 2017, February 2018, May 2018

Illustration workshop (adults) exploring layering colours and textures with use of a light-box.

·       Fun and Food | Dundee – April 2017 | various primary schools and community centres

In partnership with McManus Galleries: workshops included mask-making; exploring Egyptian artefacts; paper ship models.

·       Aspire, Rite of Spring | Dundee | February - March 2017 | St Vincent’s & St Pius Primary (Primary 4/5)

Working with classes to create wearable art inspired by global warming. The pieces were worn in mass dance performance at Dundee's Caird Hall.