University of Leeds - My Practice and experience at the University of Leeds

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Education

2015 - 2019

2:1 (BA IND) Art and Design at the University of Leeds

Notable  Experience

2020 - Worked with the Geraldine Conner Foundation to deliver extended school day sessions in Arts and                      Crafts at Leeds East Academy and Leeds West Academy. 

2019 - Completed a postgraduate printmaking residency at Leeds print workshop/East Street Arts. (Also                       helped delivered workshops).

2019 - Artwork was published in ‘Quotes’ by Mike Healy and Andy Wild.

2019  - Led an art and wellbeing workshop at the University of Leeds.

2018 - Designed interior and furnishings for Muaré in Mallorca, Spain.

2018 - Artwork was featured in The Guardian.

2018 - Supplied artwork for boutique hotel and spa Forum Alcudia in Mallorca, Spain.

2018 - Completed a print workshop at the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Mallorca to comprise images for my                 commercial project in collaboration with ABA Art Lab.

2017 - Supplied Logos for the University of Birmingham’s Technology department.

2016 - Tate modern Jess Glynn portrait was exhibited in the opening of new Tate Modern, Future Tate.

2014 -  Ubisoft Artwork was featured in promotional events for Assissins’Creed IV Black Flag.

2013 - Teaching assistant for year 7 Art & Design at park view school.

Pictures from Artist projects 

Work History

Artist - Teacher   (Valid DBS check)                                         02/2020 - Current                                   

Geraldine Conner Foundation  Leeds

Teach extended school sessions in Arts and Crafts in Leeds West Academy and Leeds East Academy. Plan and deliver interesting workshops and prepare multiple activities. Engage with Year 7's and implement new teaching styles, adapting to the class. Follow syllabus guidelines and adhere to educational policies and school behaviours. Take fully responsibility of the well-being and education of the class.

Illustrator/Admin Assistant /Gallery Assistant                       01/2018 - 09/2018

ABA Art Lab Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Create illustrations/artworks based on client briefs. Manage the Gallery space and install exhibitions. Design and promote exhibition materials (posters, hand-outs). Archive, package, handle and transport artworks. Open and close the Gallery. Converse with clients, (one to one, on the phone, in groups) and discuss artworks (English/Spanish). Construct and Insert installations in varied locations. Visually design and work closely with Photographers. Graphic designers and Architects using Adobe and physical materials. Complete daily clerical tasks, manage budgets, materials, deadlines and general office work.

Artist/Events Assistant                                                                01/2013 - 06/2013

Ubisoft Birmingham

Assisting with games promotion events and creating artwork for events.

Working in a high pressure sales environment. Demonstrating games to audiences and assisting in building sales stands. Remain knowledgeable on current gaming and art trends.

 

My Artistic Practice

I am interested in the practice of drawing, designing, printmaking and illustration. Throughout my life, and time in undergraduate study, the driving force behind my practice was honing a unique way of using illustrative marks to compose dynamic drawings. One of my many key inspirations is a desire to depict ‘ordinary’ urban environments, such as the ones I grew up in. I feel they are universally recognisable; being the stage for most people’s every day. Thus, I strived to use architecture that was both mundane and extraordinary as my mise en scene in order to find unique and overlooked beauty. I would walk around, ink and sketchbook in hand, drawing urban architecture and incorporating elements found on these walks (such as grass, sticks, mud, bottle caps) into the process in an attempt to both honestly reflect the story of a location, and create unusual unique marks. Every composition would be inked in one sitting and then watercolour painted in the same sitting, giving me the ability to express ideas of time and movement. My print-making practice involves creating compositions which let me express mark-making and tones to communicate texture and light on surfaces. Creating a series of prints further explores the idea of a narrative driving the direction of the story, a visual code tied together through repetition. Much like my drawings, I incorporate found objects, fabrics, materials and natural elements into the etching process. I enjoy the design process of creating a print from start to finish. With there being so many variables to create an etching, I often feel as though I am collaborating with the process itself; I have control of the materials but they sometimes choose to react differently to as planned, making it an active dynamic process.

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