Two Person Show, Salamander Gallery, Bolton.
Young Contemporaries, ICA, London.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
Ballans 48, Ateliers, Weinhaven, Rotterdam.
Third ICAF, One Year on, Olympia, London.
Camden Annual, Camden Arts Centre, London.
Arteria et Communitas, Spacex and Exe Gallery, Exeter.
Rufford Sculpture Show, Nottinghamshire.
Coastlines, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.
South Hill Park, Bracknell.
Wind and Water, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire.
Sculpture Show, Alexandra Palace, London.
Two Person Show, Guildhall Gallery, Winchester.
Transport, The Minories, Colchester.
Frame of Mind, Rufford Craft Centre.
Creating a New World, NCCA,Sunderland.
British Art in Albi, France.
Notoro Symposium, Warsaw, Poland.
Two Person Show, Reg Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, Sunderland.
Contemporary Art Fair, Poznan, Poland.
Centaur Gallery, Highgate, London.
British Art in Barcelona, British Artists Symposium, ACAP Gallery, Barcelona.
Notoro Symposium Exhibitions in Oronsko and Warsaw, Poland.
Sculpture in the Park, Sailing Grove, Essex.
Symposium at Le Mer de Roche, Sauve, Southern France.
Three Person Show, Human Condition, Contact Gallery, Norwich.
Self Evident, Gateshead Library Gallery, Gateshead.
Mask, Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley.
Allen Gallery, Alton, Hampshire.
Red House Museum, Christchurch, Hampshire.
Johnson Wax Kiln Gallery, Farnham, Surrey.
Stamford Art Gallery, Lincolnshire.
Maidstone Library Sculpture Court, Maidstone, Kent.
Pea Room, Heckington, Lincolnshire.
Normamby Park, Scunthorpe.
Casson Gallery, Eastbourne.
Northern Seen, NCCA, Sunderland.
Apsidal Gallery, Rufford Country Park, Nottinghamshire.
2000-2009 A changing display of my work can be found throughout the year at Kielder Castle in Northumberland.
Each summer other examples of my work are displayed at Crook Hall, Durham.
2002 Artists in Schools, DLI, Durham.
2003 Eurocrafts Northumbria, DLI, Durham.
2007 Affordable art show, London, (Frances Thurlway Fine Art).
2008 Affordable art show, London, (Frances Thurlway Fine Art).
2008 Tramsheds workshop, English Martyrs, Hartlepool.
2010 Art in the Pen, Skipton.
2010 Identity, Two Man show with Bruce Burn at the Python Gallery, Middlesbrough.
2005 - ongoing Several exhibitions throughout the region with East Durham Artists Network. Including the gates shopping centre, Durham, Greenfields Gallery, Newton Aycliffe, and the Courtyard, Seaham.
Symposium in Albi, France.
Symposium in Oronsko, Poland.
Exhibited with other British artists in Barcelona.
2nd Symposium in Oronsko, Poland, including exhibition in Warsaw.
Travelled to Moscow and Kiev to meet artists and discuss future exchanges.
Sculpture Symposium in Sauve , Southern France.
Snow Carving Symposiums in San Candido and San Vigilio, Italy.
Ice Carving in Volliore, including exhibition in 12 French Cities.
Snow Carving Symposium in Volliore, France.
Travelled to Lithuania to visit my Fathers birth place and to meet artists to discuss future exchanges.
Wood carving symposium in Tallin, Estonia.
Snow Carving Symposium, Lavigno, Italy.
- 2005 - 2009
Snow Carving Symposium, Volloire, France.
Exhibition with East Durham Artists Network in Gerlingen, Germany.
I am currently working with St Cuthbert's RC primary in Seaham making a giant pea-pod story-telling seat, incorporating images of mini beasts and poetry.
I'm also working on a number of carved benches for an animal welfare park near Brighton.
Alongside these I have a number od longer term projects. One involves carving a series of free standing sculptures referencing creatures from Pliny's Phisiologus. Another series are some outdoor medieval board games and other games that I have invented.
Sculpture project for a new Sustrans Cycle path near Amble in Northumberland.
Further collaborations with other artists on projects in Schools in South Tyneside, including working with Julie Livesy at Bedewell Primary.
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
- Wood Carvings & Constructions
I work mainly in wood, on both a large and a small scale, sometimes partly constructed as well as carved, and occasionally reinforced with steel girders. I use various sizes of chainsaw for which I hold a NPTC Certificate, but I finish the objects with hand tools which can necessitate some finely detailed carving.
- Wind & Rain driven Kinetics
Often the objects I make will turn in the wind or move under the weight of collected rain water, and in these cases I usually use parts from scrapped cars as bearings.
- Cement, Plaster & Enamelled Copper
In my work with schools I have learned some traditional techniques such as pargetting to work directly in cement on exterior walls, or enamelling with copper which I have used to embellish some of the wood carvings.
- Water Features
Other projects have required the installation of solar panels and DC pumps to drive water through the sculptures without using mains electricity.
I have recently been using layers of oak sleepers to construct forms which are then carved. This technique has considerable advantages over carving directly into a solid tree trunk: The smaller dimensions of sleepers make them easier to dry and so reduces cracking in the final piece; Strength can be built in where its required to support longer protusions for example; if consideration is given to the grain direction when layering the whole object can be allowed to expand and shrink with changes in humidity without damaging its structure, extending durability; I am no longer limited to the size of a tree; There is much less waste. I have also recently upgraded my timber processing equipment so that I can now create my own sleepers of dimensions to siut a specific project.
WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES
I use a range of materials and techniques, in workshop settings, to involve the client group in the generation of ideas for the larger sculptures.
- Clay & Plaster
Clay & Plaster casting is a very simple way of making resilient artworks quickly and is a good way of "breaking the ice" during the first workshops of a project.
- Papier Mache
I have developed a papier mache technique which makes very strong, large or small, structures incredibly quickly, and only requires junk, glue and tape.
- Wood Carving
Usually as a forerunner to involving the group in the larger carvings, I allow small groups to try their hands carving small reliefs. Most people, even young children, find it much easier than they expected. This is also a good way to help people to discover for themselves which ideas work best in wood.
- Installing large Sculptures
I try to get as many people involved as possible. Even when the carving is complete there are still holes to be dug or drilled, concrete foundations to be laid, nuts and bolts to be tightened, etc, enough to keep the whole community busy.
Since graduation in 1985, as well as exhibiting regionally, nationally, and internationally, I have been continually involved in community arts projects.
These have included work with groups of all ages, in Primary and Secondary Schools (including 6th form groups), the Probation Service, the Mentally Ill, the elderly, substance abuse groups, and several community associations and youth clubs.
Most of my projects involve the creation of large scale carved wooden structures, with the use of some steel where necessary for reinforcement, and occasionally the odd wheel bearing from a scrapped car to allow movement, for wind power for instance.
A typical project will involve a community group in all stages of design and production. The initial stages may involve workshops in other materials, such as papier mache, or clay and plaster, to help generate ideas and to "break the ice".
The construction stages could involve anyone in a whole range of activities from carving, to drilling bolt holes, or mixing concrete.
Working with community groups allows me to be much more ambitious than I can be in my own studio, and the feed-back I get helps to make sculptures which make sense, both to the places they are sited in, and to the people who see them every day.