I am a visual artist and contemporary-performance maker, with a particular interest in the social value of art. Through my practice I devise and create work for theatre spaces and found spaces, including performance and site-responsive artworks and live events. I am a long-term collaborator with Glasgow-based Glas(s) Performance and since 2012 I have been working as the Lecturer in Visual Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where I teach on the Contemporary Performance Practice programme.
After graduating from Glasgow School of Art as a visual artist I started making work in different locations both outdoors and indoors. This type of making meant that I was able to find places that I would never have found, and usually these places were introduced to me through people that I met along the way. This process has allowed me to consider the relationship between people, places, conversations and the artist and how this translates into aesthetic value and meaning. I soon started to work with performance makers and found myself interested in the language of aesthetics within live performance, alongside continuing my interest in social spaces as live events. Since 2002, I have made work in a range of places in Scotland, in found spaces and performance venues, including the town of Girvan in South Ayrshire, on Arthurlie football pitch in Barrhead, at the waterfront in Port Glasgow, in a sanitary ware factory, and a distillery warehouse.
In recent years I have been reflecting deeper on the politics of occupying a space. My most recent project, Pollokshields Playhouse, was a yearlong experiment where the community built, curated and ran an art and culture outdoor space in a building site waste ground in Pollokshields. Over the duration of a year, the Playhouse had transformed into a fully functioning outdoor arts and cultural venue consisting of workshop spaces, a performance space with seating bank, a cinema screen, an outdoor play area with mud kitchen and dens, and a food area, all connected by walkways. The Playhouse hosted a programme of events including an outdoor community cinema, dance, theatre and live art events, round-the-fire discussions, a winter festival, outdoor play sessions for young people, and a series of artist’s residencies.