2014 Arts Council England - Grant Recipient - Project: Pallbearer
2014 Eva International - Shortlisted candidate - Eva
2011 Charlatan Ink Prize - Semi-finalist - Charlatan
2010 Terry O'Neill Award - Judge's Long-list - TONA
2009 Urban Photographer of the Year 2009 - UPOTY
2015 InSecurity, The Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, UK 24th Apr - 6th May
2012 Open Exhibiton, Peterborough City Gallery, Peterborough, UK 1st Oct – 23rd Nov
2012 Unfold Their Potential: Y(our) Return on Investment, European Parliament, Strasbourg, France 22nd - 25th Oct
2011 Summer Show, Cherry Lane Fine Arts, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland 26th June - 1st August Cherry
2010 The Thing That Bruises You, The Back Loft, La Catedral, Dublin, Ireland 2nd - 11th July Bruise
2010 PDI Graduate Show, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland 30th June - 4th July PDI2010
2010 Summer Show, Cherry Lane Fine Arts, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland 27th June - 31st July Cherry
2010 The 180th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland 23rd May - 31st July The Annual:
2010 Candy Collective, Image Feature - Candy
2010 Source Photographic Review, Graduate Photography Online - Source
2011 Photo a l'ouest, 'European Views on Local Community Life in Rennes', Rennes, France 24th April - 1st May 2011 - Photo a l'ouest
2009 - 2010 National College of Art & Design, Dublin, NUI Cert. "Photography & Digital Imaging" First Class Hons.
2007 - 2011 University of Manchester, MA Theology
2001 - 2004 University of Manchester, BA Hons Theology
Born 1980, Leicester, England
I make art because I need to. Regardless of the research, politics, craft, and aesthetics which are at work in my practice, first and foremost I produce art as a means to wrestle with, and further understand, our existential purpose.
The body of work I am gradually building is, therefore, a reflection of how I see the world, and how I would like to facilitate the viewer in questioning elements of life based on these reflective experiences.
The overarching themes of my work concern meaning and sustainability. What we pursue from life always has a price, and the beneficial elements always produce material which ultimately, whether we are conscious of this condition or not, harms us, and if not us, then strangers in other lands, or futures, which are alien to us in our contemporary state.
My pieces are an attempt to meet these strangers, to initiate conversation with the voices that we only discover through an experience which pierces the almost constantly invisible membrane that surrounds us - the distracted mode of everyday living.
This is where art, when art performs at its most authentic, is the prick that bursts the perception we assume and most often know to be 'reality'. Art stops us, grabs us, arrests us, moves us, angers, elates, frustrates, and endears us. Art summons emotions dormant in our souls, art transports us to lands our feet have never before wondered upon, art drives us to change our direction irrevocably, art references our past, present and future, transcending the fleetingly familiar details that so often constitute our daily purpose.
My work is political, which is inevitable, for everything is political. Our every move, communication, relationship, and product are political - we make no decision without political motive. The degree to which we are aware of this is varied (for many, many different reasons), and this in turn defines how we then apply such knowledge.
It is into the complexity of this political matrix that my art delves. It is an attempt to infiltrate that which is simultaneously familiar and secret to us. It ultimately consists of acts of reflection and subversion, gestures towards a different way of seeing, made within a culture which is so often, perhaps inevitably, blind to its own essence.