I am an artist and illustrator based in the UK, originally from Edinburgh and now living in Manchester.
I am primarily a graphic artist and illustrator, drawing figures, scenes and events from the political, civic and cultural life of the United Kingdom, based on direct observation of the subject at hand. I am particularly passionate about the social utility of drawing as a means of recording and reporting on the contemporary world around me.
In 2016 I was delighted to win the John Ruskin Prize Student Award for a reportage drawing of Jeremy Corbyn speaking outside Manchester Cathedral. I also had the privilege of attending the International Urban Sketchers Symposium on a scholarship place in July.
I am in my final year of an MFA in Illustration at the Manchester School of Art, and currently working on a project documenting democracy throughout the UK through reportage drawing.
For my project 'Drawing Democracy', I am developing a visual record of democracy in the United Kingdom, based on directly observing and drawing various scenes from around the country, including meetings of Manchester City Council; hustings for the Greater Manchester Metropolitan Mayor election; the Article 50 hearing at the UK Supreme Court in London; shareholder meetings of FTSE100 companies in London, Birmingham and Salford; national conferences of the Green Party of England and Wales and Amnesty International UK; and the debate and vote on an independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament.
Selected Exhibitions and Talks
The 3rd John Ruskin Prize- Recording Britain Now: Society, New Art Gallery Walsall, 25 February - 17 April 2016
The 3rd John Ruskin Prize- Recording Britain Now: Society, The Electrician’s Shop Gallery, London, 5-22 May 2016
Collected (Group Exhibition), Sloe Gallery, Manchester, 18 August - 10 September 2016
A Post Card Show (Group Exhibition), Sloe Gallery, Manchester, 10-12 November 2016
Manchester School of Art Masters Degree Show, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 30 September - 8 October 2016
Contesting Ground (Group Exhibition), Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester, 25 February 2016
Guest speaker, New Approaches: Working Towards a Sustainable World: inspired by Ruskin Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 25 June 2016
Guest speaker, Drawn from Life: Reportage Event with Olivier Kugler, Manchester Metropolitan University, 3 November 2016