Culture needs art and it needs artists from all sections of society. Artists are innovators; they begin with a question, research through practice and share the results publicly. My role has been as a conduit and a catalyst for action. My current A Woman's Place, highlights and champions creative excellence in art practice by women.
Alongside my curating career, I have supported artists and arts professionals through mentoring, workshops and organisational change. I have seen opportunities for women diminish as family life impacts on their career progression with the resulting impact on the lack of diversity in leadership. Diversity of thought and imagination enables us to thrive. Inclusivity creates opportunities for all to contribute to culture and build a sustainable future for everyone.
I continue to mentor a number of artists and mentored 11 of the artists who exhibited in 2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries for Artquest.
I initially trained and practiced as a sculptor, graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1989.. As an art student in the 80's I was profoundly influenced by the works of Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois as well as the more overtly feminist works of Helen Chadwick, Judy Chicago, Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer.
As the 90's kicked in I was involved in the artist led activity that was active in and around the East End of London which created important opportunities for larger scale installation and experimentation, discussion and collaboration.
I continue to curate independently as well as for A Woman's Place Project and work with a range of organisations supporting artists at different stages in their career to have ambitions, creative and sustainable practices.