Dualachas Chroitearachd Cairt-Chluiche | Cultural Crofting Playing Cards is an ATLAS Arts commission and the development of a project that began in 2014 as part of an artistic residency with Skye-based ATLAS ARTS in North Uist. The project called ‘Life on the Land’ explored the unique heritage and culture of crofting. Part of the output was a bespoke set of Gaelic crofting flash cards that reflected both the skills of the group and those of the wider crofting community, characterising through symbols, texture and pattern the interconnectivity of crofting, our culture and landscape. In 2016 ATLAS commissioned me to develop these into a pack of playing cards and a series of children’s card games that function as a fun, Gaelic educational tool and also to increase awareness of crofting. In 2017 these cards were distributed to schools and pupils throughout the Outer Hebrides.
August 2012- April 2014
THE WORDS OF BIRDS | CHILDRENS SPACE: Forth Valley Royal Hospital: An eight month residency, working with staff young people and parents to create welcoming and inspiring visual interventions within the dedicated children and young people’s spaces at Forth Valley Royal Hospital near Stirling. NHS, Forth Valley Royal Hospital
August 2012- ongoing
‘Abrupt Encounters’ Development Artist: Abrupt Encounters is a new live arts programme developed by a collective of creatively engaged participants with learning disabilities predominantly from Central Scotland and other mainstream participants who become involved throughout the programme, supported by creative practitioners with a range of art form backgrounds. Artlink Central
September 2012-May 2013
‘Asha’ Development Artist: Asha is an Open Secret visual artsts programme for adults whose lives have been effected by abuse. Open Secret is a Scotland-wide charity, established in 1994 and works with the survivors of all types of abuse. West Lothian Council, Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston.
‘Definition’ Development Artist: A cross disciplinary, multi media event, to mark the end of a ten month project developing practice in the areas of music, drama and visual art with learning disabled adults in the Stirling area. Albert Halls Stirling, Artlink Central, Stirling
‘Pause Play’ Development Artist: Supporting learning disabled artists in the Stirling area to create and present their work to a wider public in the form of collaborative installations and public art interventions. The Thistles Shopping Centre, Artreach, Artlink Central, Stirling.
‘LGBT Youth Forum’ Visual Artist: A Youth Arts Engagement Project providing visual art and exhibition opportunities resulting in large scale art works for installation within Strathbrock Community Partnership . West Lothian Art Services,Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston.
Big Things on the Beach: Public Art Project: Visual Artist: Developing public art works and interventions in response to the local environment. Big Things on The Beach, Public Art House, Portobello.
‘Celebrating One Year at Trongate 103’: Engaging young visitors to Trongate 103 in the local landscape and community, resulting in three large scale banners for installation within the new Trongate 103 foyer. Trongate 103, Glasgow
February 2009- May 2010
‘The Arran Centre’ Art Tutor: Developing a programme of ‘Artwalks’, gallery visits and gallery based visual art opportunities with patients attending The Arran Centre, Mental Health Resource Centre. Connect Programme, Project Ability, Trongate 103 Glasgow
March 2009- May 2010
‘Survivart’ Development Artist: A visual art project supporting adults whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse. West Lothian Art Services, Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston.
October 2007-May 2010
‘Phizer Mental Health Project’ Art Tutor: Supporting adults who have experienced long term mental ill health in the production and presentation of their own visual art projects for exhibition. Connect, Project Ability,Trongate 103, Glasgow.
March 2003 – Sept 2007
‘Homepage: a visual art workshop and website’ Visual Artist: Supporting young adults who have experienced homelessness to access the visual arts in Glasgow. Trongate Studios, Project Ability, Glasgow
‘Helen Storey Foundation Multimedia Project’: Engaging young adults with autistic spectrum disorder to explore Helen Stories installations for teacher, student, community interaction at The Glasgow Science Centre, resulting in a series of short films. Project Ability, Glasgow
February – March 2003
‘Victoria and Albert Museum’: a collaborative visual arts project working with independent child refugees for an exhibition at the V & A in London. San Jai Chinese Centre, Glasgow
November – February 2001
National Holocaust Memorial Day: supporting children from Richmond Park School in the design and presentation of a large scale window installation within the Tramway. Project Ability and Tramway, Albert Drive, Glasgow.