After earning an M.A. in Contemporary European Fine Art in Barcelona, and degrees in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, I spent eighteen years in Norway, where a rich professional life included exhibiting internationally, boardmember of the North Norwegian Artists' Union and lecturer in Art and Humanities at Nordland College of Art and FIlm, Kabelvåg. I became Director of the Gallery of Northern Norway collaborating with The Northern Museum of Art, Tromsø, and The National Museum, Oslo. exhibiting work by Paul McCarthy & Norway 10 designers, as well as giving exposure to emerging artists. My recent shows include Outside The Form, FAB 2020 and articles in ART Habens Review, Reset// Fine Art Platform and Art Reveal Magazine, Edition 53.
LATEST PROJECTS AND UPCOMING SHOWS 2017 - 2021
The XIIIth Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy, October 2021
LOST, Lacuna Festival De Arte Lanzarote and Festival De Arte Fuerteventura 26.June - 31.July 2020
Lost and Found Booth, Group Collaboration, Curator, Kim-Ling Morris, Lacuna Festival de Arte, 2020
AFTNHS, Artists for the NHS, Covid19, Gallery Different, London, 2020
POST, Curatorial Response to Covid 19, 2020
SELF Group Show, The Artists Pool, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, 2020
Housekeeping!, Group Show, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, 2020
Black and White, Group Show. Pineapple Black Arts Gallery, Middlesborough, UK, 2019-2020
Surface Work. Solo Show. Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018
BLOW. Collaboration with Claire Carswell MA(RCA), Toro Spacio, Ronda, Spain, 2018
Surface Work Solo Show. Antigua Cine, Montejaque, Spain, 2017
Art Reveal Contemporary Art Magazine, Edition 53. To be published 22.June, 2020
Artist Showcase with New Emergence Art, 2020
Average Art 39, Surface Work 4, for Publication, October 2019.
Solo Show. Sør Troms Museum, Trondeness, Harstad, Norway
Reflections. Solo Show, A:rt Gymsal, Harstad, Norway
Horizontal Works. Solo Show, Ateliér Lofoten Gallery, Svolvær, Norway
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant II, Oslo, Norway
Furness/Moen/O’Donnell/Skotnes. Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
Den 7. Tromsutstillinga (7. Troms Region Art Exhibition), Tromsø, Norway
Norwegian State Material Grant I, Oslo, Norway
Commissioned for Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway
Transatlantic Connections, Society Of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Solo Show, Southampton University, Faculty of Arts Dept., Southampton
Cheltenham and Gloucester Drawing Show, Berlin | Hull
Group Show, Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain
Art on the Rock, Stirling Castle, Stirling
Celtic Conexion. Euskal Extea, Centre Cultural, Barcelona, Spain
British Workhouse Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
Scottish Contemporary Painters and Printmakers Exhibition, Edinburgh
Beatrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton
Grandisca. Group show, Museo Nuova Era, Bari and La Spezia, Italy
Scottish Painters Group Show. Frontiers Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri d’Arte. Group Show, Guild Gallery, Bristol
New Works. Solo Show. Galleria Panorama, Barcelona, Spain
New Works in Architecture. Solo Show. Cloister Gallery, Bristol
Artist-in-Residence, Clifton College, Bristol
Doric Work. Solo Show, Studio Gallery, Edinburgh
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Naval Church, Rosyth, Scotland
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh
Solo Show. Loretto Gallery, Musselburgh, Scotland
New Works. Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (R.I.A.S.), Edinburgh
Facade. Solo Show, Hillside Gallery, Edinburgh
Incontri D’Arte. Group Show, Bari, Italy
New Generation Show. Mercury Gallery. London
Norwegian State Grant II, Oslo, Norway.
Nordnorsk Kulturråd Collection. Tromsø Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Norway.
Harstad Kommune (Harstad District Council), Harstad, Norway.
Norwegian State Grant I, Norway.
Awarded Cross Gates Gallery Award, Kentucky, USA and Mall Galleries, London.
Awarded Fiera del Levante Prize ‘Artists in Puglia’ Exhibition. Bari, Italy
Clifton College of Art Residency, Bristol.
Artepremio Giovani Fiera del Levante. Artists in Puglia, Bari, Italy
Commissioned by Stephens Architects, Glamis; Icon paintings for Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Rosyth, Scotland.
Commissioned by The Scottish Office; St. Andrew’s House Scottish Office HQ, Edinburgh,
EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS
Chairman of Board for Foundation Sierra de Libar, Spain. 2014 - present
Board Member for Creative Development Project, Innovasjon Norge, Norway. 2013 - 2017
Board Member, Sparebank1 Nord Norge (Savings Bank) Art Foundation, Norway, 2012 - 2016
Board Member, Harstad Regional Chamber of Commerce, Norway. 2006 - 2009
Board Member, Kunskapsparken Nord (Knowledge Park North), Norway. 2006 - 2008
Board Member/Art Consultant/Curator, Bø i Vesterålen Hospital, Straumen, Norway, 2004 - 2006
Board Member Nordnorske Billende Kunstnere (Professional Artists Union), Norway, 2001 - 2006.
Board Member, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2008
Member of Advisory Board, Festspillene I Nord-Norge (Festival of Arts), Norway, 2003 - 2006
Curator ILIOS Festivalen (Anual Festival of Contemporary Music), Harstad, Norway, 2001
PROFESSIONAL CURRICULUM VITAE
GALLERY DIRECTOR | CURATOR
Galleri NordNorge, Harstad, Norway
Sept 2012 - Aug 2017
FOUNDER AND CEO of A:RT GYMSAL A.S.
Nov 2004 - July 2016
In November 2004 I bought a Grade 1 Listed heritage military gymnasium to make as my studio. The building was almost 12 000 ft2 so decided to expand the project to include space for other artists. I built a two-storey glass construction inside the gym with 10 studios and showrooms, which I rented to artists, designers, architects and other creative practitioners. It was acclaimed as a unique creative and economic project built on generosity and synergy that occurs when creative people join to support and make opportunities for each other.
AWARDS FOR CREATING A:RT GYMSAL
HARSTAD PROFILERINGSPOOL. ‘Seire ved å dele-prisen’ (Success Through Sharing Prize) 2007
HARSTAD SPAREBANK KULTURPRIS (Harstad Bank Culture Prize) 2007
HARSTAD ROTARYKLUBB BYGGEPRIS (Rotary Club, Building Preservation Prize). 2011
COURSE DEVELOPER AND LECTURER FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Kunstrom 7 (Art Room 7) Trastad Samlinger, Norway | Sør-Troms Museum, Norway
Sept 2010 -Sept 2013
Kunstrom 7 was a collaboration between Trastad Samlinger (Trastad Collection, Art- and Cultural- Historical Museum), Rå Videregåendeskole (Rå Higher College of Education) and myself. We created a college equivalent foundation course in visual arts for students with special needs; three young teenage girls with Downs Syndrome and a young boy with Autism. The course provided adapted training for the development of skills in visual arts for these four students to prepare them for their future professional, artistic practice.
LECTURER /TUTOR IN DRAWING, PAINTING AND ART HISTORY
Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole, Kabelvåg, North Norway
Nov 1999- Jun 2006