At Your Service (2018)

My most recent project was called 'At Your Service', exhibited at Yorkshire Artspace between 27th September and 4th November 2018 and part of their Ways of Making exhibition programme.  I interviewed 11 European employees of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals over the course of 1 year.   Each individual talked to me about the place they came from, why they moved to the UK and each person was asked  the same 6 questions: 

What was your reaction to Brexit? What do you miss about the country you moved from? What do you like about Sheffield? What do you like about the NHS? What are your concerns for the future of the NHS? What contribution do you think you make to life in the UK/Sheffield? 

Alongside this work there are two further works that pay tribute to the NHS, now in its 70th year.  Texts written by Heather Ditch with contribution by John Rawlinson accompany the exhibition. A further text by Corridor 8 was commissioned for Making Ways.

 

In the Making (2015)

In 2015 I was commissioned by Museums Sheffield to create an artwork for the 'In The Making' exhibition and collaborated with wood craftsman/furniture maker Henk Littlewood.  'What you do, Where you're from, Who you know' was a collaborative artwork made from an entire oak tree, obtained from Ruskinland near Bewdley – a 100 acre oak woodland managed and owned by The Guild of St George. The tree was made into a sculptural meditative space, decorated inside with images and words inspired by the work and legacy of John Ruskin, the famous Victorian philantropist, art critic, nature lover and prolific writer of many books.  

An accompanying text by Jacqueline Yallop, former curator of the Ruskin Gallery in Sheffield provides a more detailed background to this work.

The piece was displayed at Museums Sheffield between January and June 2016.  In August the artwork featured in 'Ruskin's Use and Beauty Parlour' exhibition on The Moor in Sheffield, where it was used to engage directly with people who frequent this area of the city. The project was awarded support from Arts Council England and The Guild of St. George.