Solo exhibition at Cheeseburn in the gallery and grounds
Asked to front presentation to Press of CVAN’s (Contemporary Visual Arts Network) launch of a Vision document for the North East Contemporary Visual Arts at the Baltic
New commission for Cheeseburn
Group show (six artists) called New Territories at The Brewhouse Taunton, Devon.
Curator/organizer/artist of exhibition Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets at Kakimori Bunko, Japan. Thirty UK and Japanese artists (including six staff and two PhD students from UoS. Delivered lecture at opening and wrote introduction and keynote text for the bi-lingual catalogue (September)
Work in an exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust Seven Ways Up; a collaborative project between WALK, Lancaster University and the Wordsworth Trust which focused around contemporary interpretations of Wordsworth’s famous 1791 nighttime ascent of Snowdon from book XIV (1850) of The Prelude
Chair of International Symposium (Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets) in Itami, Japan (April)
Curated an exhibition of work for the new Hilton Hotel in Sunderland including my own large pieces
Raised £5K from Software City to curate/present a new commission The Internet of Things
Presented Keynote paper at Bristol University for the symposium Perspectives on Walking; part of the Open Cities data project run by the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University
Advisor for the MA Art and Design Programme at the University of Salford
Essay published in Networked Urban Mobilities – Art, Performance, Impact (Routledge)
Organised the exhibition Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory for the Atkinson Gallery; 22 August – 29 November, with a book which I wrote and edited. All the work in the exhibition examined, in one form or another, the way we (as culturally and socially informed people) interact with the natural environment, not just in terms of the way in which the landscape is experienced, but also the way in which it is interpreted and imagined.
This project was presented alongside an exhibition of new work by Sir Antony Gormley under the banner Contemporary Artists of the Sefton Coast.
Included in the exhibition Borderlands, in Gallery North; 24 April - 8 May. A multi media exhibition which brought together artists whose practice engages with issues of boundaries and border zones.
Co-Curated drawing? (see www.drawingne.org.uk) with Esen Kaya of the Customs House – an international ‘festival’ of drawing in venues throughout the North East of England with exhibitions, talks, events and publications looking at the role and importance of drawing across the arts and society – including architecture, shipbuilding, natural history and glass as well as the fine arts.
Organised in collaboration with (and financial support from) Newcastle University, The University of Northumbria and Teesside University and also involving staff and students from UoS around aspects of drawing and the A&D curriculum.
Essay published in Earthlines ‘On-Ko Chi-Shin’
Presented paper at the Cosmobilities conference in Copenhagen (7 Oct)
Feature article about my work and practice in Earthlines (a quarterly magazine about ‘the culture of nature’ and reviewed by George Monbiot, Jay Griffiths and Robert McFarlane (www.earthlines.org.uk)
Curated the staff and student display of work and produced a catalogue for the Fourth Floor in the Edinburgh Building, University of Sunderland.
Feature article about my work and practice in Earthlines (a quarterly magazine about ‘the culture of nature’ and reviewed by George Monbiot, Jay Griffiths and Robert McFarlane.
Included in exhibition Sea Change at The Atkinson
Appearance on the BBC’s Countryfile to discuss ‘Art Walking’ and in particular a walk I was commissioned to make along the Sefton Coastal Footpath over four days/two weekends in July 2014 with a photographer, a poet, a sound artist and a natural historian. This project (called Walking Through the Sands of Time) was funded by The Sefton Coastal Partnership and The Atkinson in Southport – and a film of the project was screened at the Atkinson later in the Autumn of 2014
Artist/curator/writer and editor of catalogue and exhibition Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets, at Dove Cottage (The Wordsworth Trust) with key essays from UK, Japanese and US writers and artists from the UK and Japan. This project has received substantial funding from ACE; HLF; The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and the Sasakawa Foundation
Co-Director of Art Editions North (AEN),with a back catalogue of 40 books
2013 Artist for A walking Tour of the Border Landscapes of Berwick-upon-Tweed, funded by the Scottish Referendum and organised by the University of Northumbria (2nd November 2013)
Co-curator of What is Drawing at The Customs House – an exhibition of mixed media work from the UK and abroad which explored various aspects of drawing from traditional approaches to those using the body through performance.
Paper for the international conference IGU Kyoto Regional Conference at the Kyoto International Conference Centere, August 4–9
Artist, walk and panel chair of Art Walking Weekend event at VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities), Highgreen, North Northumberland (catalogue)
Organiser of conference On-Walking at the University of Sunderland – co-author of introductory chapter to on-line On-Walking an edited publication of conference proceedings (Dec. 2013)
Solo show (The Resilience of the Wild) at Customs House as a part of the Festival of the North East
Artist, writer and editor (for catalogue) and Curator of Walk-On, showing in London, Sunderland, Birmingham, Southport and Plymouth
Curator and artist for Their Colours and Their Forms: Artists Responses to Wordsworth at Dove Cottage (The Wordsworth Museum). Edited and published book for the show
Paper for the international conference Active Countryside Tourism, 23-25 January 2013, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Appointed Reader at the University of Sunderland. I currently (2016) teach on the Foundation Programme in A&D, the Degree in Fine Art, the MA in Curating and I supervise research students. Two students under my supervision graduated in 2014/5 and I am currently DoS for four PhD students (three of whom will shortly graduate) and supervise two more (one of whom is about to graduate)