I am a multi-media visual artist who uses photography, collage, video, pastels and paint. Much of my work and its methodologies are rooted in the act of walking, in particular the exploration of rural and urban landscapes, edge-lands, ruins, and the relationships between land and ownership, access and identity.
My walking is reflected also in my social activism, the creation of documentary projects of local and national concern, the politics of austerity, social justice and human rights, the environment and climate destruction. My walking influences my fine art photography of natural history, flora and fauna, works constructed from readymade and recycled organic materials, and reflections in water and glass. I also create collage and sculpture from recycled materials, and create image with text for socio political comment, irony and humour.
My art represents my ideology, my environmental activism and my desire to create a sustainable, low carbon lifestyle and artistic practice. I am a vegan. I purposefully don’t drive, choosing instead to walk, cycle and use public transport. I limit my flying to one trip per year. I use paperless bills. I also manage an allotment and grow some of my own food, compost my kitchen waste, and where possible recycle goods and materials.
I would under no circumstances accept funding or promotion from any source involved with the extraction of fossil fuels.
During my time at, and since my qualifying from the University of Wolverhampton I have had a number of exhibitions of my work. They all took place in a variety of small local outlets, a Camera shop, in Churches, in Cafes, in Trade Union offices and in small local galleries such as the Birmingham Midland Institute, The Winterbourne Gardens in Edgbaston, and Lightwood House in Bearwood.
Winner of the Lighthouse Open Photographic and Exhibition Award 2012.
Winner of Herbert Gallery Poetry award 2013 for the poem entitled “The Corporate AGM
“The Peoples March for the NHS”. An article relating to the 2014 march from Jarrow to London and its accompanying exhibition. Published in Slaney Street in October 2014. (Birmingham Democratic Press) http://www.slaneystreet.com/?s=The+Peoples+March
Published in the Peoples Vote for the NHS July 2015. http://www.peoplesvotefornhs.org.uk/people_s_march_for_the_nhs_exhibition_by_brian_sheridan
A review of Jeremy Deller’s exhibition “Love is enough”. Published in Slaney St June 2015. http://www.slaneystreet.com/2015/06/01/love-is-enough/
My current projects include:
“Climate Change”, a series of collage exploring the themes of climate change.
“The Plot”, a joint multimedia collaboration with the local artist Colin Monk depicting a year’s activity on a working allotment.
I have also created several photographic books, available at: