Due to the life-altering events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant collapse of national art selling exhibitions, I wanted to find a way to safely exhibit artworks once more in the real world.
As lockdown measures began to be relaxed, an opportunity to open a pop-up shop on one of Carlisle's major trunk roads appeared and after a careful risk assessment I decided to invite other Cumbrian artists to partake in a new exhibition initiative. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and just the attitude we all need in these challenging times.
I feel privileged to have had three pieces accepted for this prestigious open competition and am delighted to have won a special Gallery Prize for this installation, 'Dust to Dust'. The piece was created from recycled decorating dust sheets with household paint, wood offcuts, charcoal and found objects.
I was privileged to have been selected to exhibit at this year's prestigious Summer Exhibition held in Grasmere, Cumbria which was attended by thousands of visitors.
West Walls NOW Exhibition 2019
West Walls Artists are one of the longest established artist organisations in Cumbria. I was especially proud to have been the creator of this exhibition at Upfront Arts and which was the winner of the Carlisle Living Best Arts Initiative Award.