“I’m a researcher, producer and I also write a lot. I’m currently a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
I established ecoartscotland as a platform to connect ecological art practices in Scotland with practices and debates in other parts of the world – a node in a network. ecoartscotland is variously a mobile library, a blog and a platform for projects and partnered with the Land Art Generator Initiative to explore the role of creative practice working with renewable energy as a form of placemaking in Glasgow. We hope to deliver the designs on the ground in due course. ecoartscotland library has participated in exhibitions in Summerhall Arts Centre and Tent Gallery, both in Edinburgh.
One focus of my work as a producer and researcher has been working with and reflecting on the practice of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, known as the Harrisons and as pioneers of the ecological arts genre. I worked with them on Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom (2007-09). Other work as a producer has focused on art and therapeutic design in healthcare contexts.
I live in Ayr in the South West of Scotland. I am a member of the Board of Ayr Gaiety, which we reopened after the local authority decided that it couldn’t continue to operate a theatre in the town. I served 10 years on the Executive of the Scottish Artists Union.”