I am an artist living and working on Inisherk Island in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
I grew up on the tiny Hebridean island of Vatersay in Scotland and left the islands to take up a place in Edinburgh College of Art where I gained a First Class honours in Sculpture and received the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement. I went on to gain a Masters with Distinction in Time Based Art from Dartington College of Arts. I also studied equine management and am a freelance equine journalist. After some time teaching and also exhibiting internationally many times, I became a director of Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast and completed a PhD from the University of Ulster.
Alongside and equally as important to my academic career, I continued my art practice and recently had two major solo shows, `The Hero and Now’ (Belfast) and 'Love's Rebellious Joy' (Enniskillen) exhibiting film, drawing, photography, print and installation. I was one of five shortlisted artists for the Cultural Olympiad in 2009 and also published a book in collaboration with artist Aisling O’ Beirn entitled ‘Or So We’ve Heard’.
My community art work has included sculpture collaborations with artist Duncan Ross, community gardens, environmental sculpture and a recently completed commission for Kerrygold Butter to design and install a bespoke artwork and garden in MileEnd, London.
In 2012 I curated 'Humbly Through the Dust' for The British Council, an exhibition featuring Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Henry Moore and Mark Wallinger.
I recently curated a music event 'Dark At Its Full' for The Happy Days International Beckett Festival.
I co-founded Outland Arts, an artist led collective with its heart in the rural.
I recently completed a residency at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre where I converted a horse-box into a mobile museum and this year worked as Production Designer and Locations for internationally acclaimed music producer David Holmes’s directorial debut film project i am here.