I have been awarded a QEST Tom Helme Scholarship in bronze casting. With the support of QEST funding, I will learn to cast my sculptures in bronze using the ancient lost wax process with expert tuition from sculptor Ian Middleton RWA.
Our collaborative banner has gone on display in a special exhibition in the Somerset Rural Life Museum alongside an original suffrage banner from Somerset that is over 100 years old.
We took our banners and flags to London on June 10th 2018 along with over 100 people from Somerset, joining thousands of women from all across the UK to march through the streets and celebrate 100 years of women having the vote. It was an amazing and poignant day.
We stopped off in Trafalgar Square for a TV interview with Lauren Laverne, broadcast live on BBC1.
I have been nominated as one of 100 female artists across the UK to take part in a project called Processions. Working with Somerset Art Works and students in Somerset, I will be making collaborative banners to be carried in processions in the capital cities on the 10th June to celebrate 100 years of votes for women. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, and produced by Artichoke this celebratory event will honour the women whose perseverance and passion resulted in the 1918 Representation of the People Act which gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office.
My jelly casts are available through the Honest Shop; an installation which forms part of the current exhibition: The Land We Live In- The Land We Left Behind at Hauser and Wirth Somerset.
I have been commissioned to make a new installation for Bruton Museum as part of MUSE: Makers in Museums; a project that is supporting eight artists to make new work in response to the unique collections to be found in the small community museums of Devon and Somerset.
Bruton Museum: 18th September 2017 – 28th October 2017
Museum of Somerset: 11th November 2017 – 3rd February 2018
Muse: Makers in Museums is delivered by South West Heritage Trust with partners Somerset Art Works, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the Devon Community Museums Officer. It is funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Somerset and Devon County Councils and South Somerset District Council.
Photo: Jasper Casey
I have been invited to speak at Art Work- An Insight into the World of Textiles at Hauser and Wirth Somerset. Running alongside Turning Inwards, an exhibition of sculptures and prints by Louise Bourgeois, this event is aimed at young people who are interested in finding out about career opportunities in art and design. Speakers include Kerry Curtis, Head of Fashion, Textiles and Three Dimensional Design at Bath Spa University, textile designer Eleanor Pritchard and artist Lucy Brown.