I work as a photographer, sound artist and writer with 18 years experience, exploring the relevance of belonging for personal and environmental wellbeing.
I have exhibited internationally in 43 exhibitions including the United Kingdom, America and Australia. Highlights include: an exhibition commissioned for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival (2014) and its subsequent Australian tour (2015 to 2019) which reached 18,110 visitors; development of this work into National Theatre Scotland stage projections (2016); Australian Art and About Photographic Award finalist (2019); Australian Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture finalist (2019); Sydney International Head On Photographic Awards finalist (2018 and 2019); Scottish Photographic Portrait Awards finalist (2018); and following an Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship, a tour of the resulting exhibition from 2005 to 2012.
I have held residencies including in Antarctica, Bolivia, Canada, Australia and Scotland and have been the recipient of many government, city council and private trust fund grants. Some example funders include: Festival 2014, Glasgow Commonwealth Games; Scottish Arts Council pARTners residency; ABC Radio National commission; Arts Fellow of the Australian Antarctic Division; Arts Queensland; Flying Arts Alliance; Ian Potter Cultural Trust; Hi-Arts; Brisbane City Council; Creative Scotland; Bòrd na Gàidhlig; National Theatre Scotland; Glasgow Merchant City Festival.
Throughout my career I have collaborated with interesting people in fascinating places to take their photographic portrait. My series have always centred on the stories of the people I meet.
For example residencies for the exhibition, Grounded, opened conversation between the traditional Gaelic speaking culture of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and Australian Aboriginal nations of the Central Desert and surrounding areas. The photographs were part of the Cultural Programme for Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and toured Queensland until 2019.
As a direct result of this exhibition, I worked alongside National Theatre Scotland in 2016 for their Home Away Festival, developing photographic projections as theatre set for a dramatised Ceilidh, titled Fuaigh. Fuaigh went on to show to sell out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and Glasgow Celtic Connections in 2018.
As part of the work with National Theatre Scotland, I also introduced, developed and facilitated a relationship between Aboriginal Artist, Fred Leone, and National Theatre Scotland to bring 16 Australian Aboriginal men to Glasgow to perform a Corroboree. This was double billed with the Ceilidh, to expand on themes introduced in the Grounded exhibition.
A Scottish Arts Council pARTners residency on the Isle of Bute in 2007, was the first residency that took me back to my birth country of Scotland. I worked closely with the community facilitating sensory photography walks before developing my own exhibition that documented the sense of place of the island community in Rothesay.
In subsequent years I returned to the island to work on varying projects including in 2009, Walking the Bridge, which juxtaposes island life on Scotland Island in New South Wales, Australia with island life on the Isle of Bute, Scotland; and in 2012 working with the team of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Project to create an exhibition exploring the team’s landscape-based work over the last four years.
Based on my Rothesay residency diaries and sound recordings, Walking the Bridge was developed into a 50-minute feature programme for Australia’s ABC Radio National. It also led to my employment for Scottish Year of Homecoming, photographically documenting the Canadian community of Rothesay.
In 2005, I received an arts fellowship to Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division. This 4-month residency allowed me to work with the community of scientists and trades people living temporarily at the Australian stations of Casey, Davis and Mawson in Antarctica, photographing lives in an isolated and extreme environment. Antarctica – A Place in the Wilderness toured Australia from 2005 to 2012, including a showing at Parliament House, Canberra.
In 2004 I worked alongside the Aymara community and family of Indigenous President Evo Morales in Bolivia, during the uprising that put Evo Morales Ayma into power, with the resulting exhibition shown at Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts.
I have been employed in a variety of capacities by Brisbane City Council, including: photographing diverse religious communities for an exhibition at Brisbane City Hall; running photography workshops for children; and creative photographic interventions with residents displaced by the building of road tunnels. I also facilitate workshops and present artist talks at galleries in conjunction with my exhibition events.