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I was recently involved in some audience development work for Gallery Oldham, helping to inspire new audiences for their natural history collection. I particularly enjoyed creating an eye-catching flyer to encourage people with no prior interest in the subject to attend regular discussion sessions.


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For the past few weeks I’ve been sourcing, adapting and embellishing children’s dressing up costumes for a forthcoming exhibition at Gallery Oldham. ‘Watercolours from the Lees Collection’ features some of the Gallery’s most treasured artworks and runs from 19th Nov 2016 to 15th April 2017.

Aidan and Hannah

Roll up, roll up for fun and frolics on Union Street! I’ve been working on dressing-up costumes and a giant board game for Gallery Oldham’s forthcoming exhibition, all about the thoroughfare’s 200 year history (opening at the end of June). Thanks to my niece and nephew who tried and tested everything for family-friendliness and are pictured above!

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This summer I’m supporting figurative artist David Hanncock on a  Portraits of Recovery project. During three, six week blocks participants explore their journey from substance additiction to recovery through discussion, drama and portraiture. The resulting images are both extremely life-like and deeply personal, providing a vehicule to hone skills, increase confidence, communicate feelings and maintain focus.

An exhibition will take place in the community space at Gallery Oldham this autumn, to celebrate participants’ achievements.


Gallery Oldham’s versitile activity units are now in situ, complete with a range of self-directed, multi-sensory games. Phase one interprets John Collier’s dramatic and much-loved painting ‘The Death of Cleopatra’. More activites based on Pop Art’s ‘Gravy for the Navy’ to follow…

The units took months of research, development and design, but should prove a great asset for the Gallery who can update info panels, sounds and activities at minimal cost.

I made Cu*ts in response to recent fiscal policy, which seems to be crippling all of the sectors in which I work. Each patch features an article from the Guardian detailing cuts to local government, education and the arts.

On show as part of the ‘Oldham Open’ at Gallery Oldham until 26th June 2011

I recently curated  The 62 Group’s latest exhibition at Gallery Oldham. My aim was to show the sheer diversity of textiles, from the perspective of some of Britain’s leading practitioners. Highlights for me included Aimee Spilsted’s beautifully crafted tryptich collage and Julia Burrow’s dazzling arrangement of magazine cuttings.

During the installation I received an inspirational phone call from Rozanne Hawksley – one of my all time favourite artists. Now in her eighties, she thanked me for the opportunity to take part,confiding that it took her many years to break into the scene. If ever I needed a spur to keep my art practice going, I found one!

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