Lecturer in BATP Prop Making, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

I originally studied Fine Art, Sculpture in Sheffield. Currently, In addition to being the course leader for BATP at RCSSD, I continue to work as a fine art practitioner, commercial prop-maker, community arts project co-coordinator and researcher.

My research, undertaken at Central and in my studio, investigates the sonic histories of objects and materials, involving collaborations with American, East German and Dutch sound practitioners, and also science practitioners. The outcomes have taken the form of sound installations, lectures and more recently an artist's book.

I work extensively with the geographical mapping of materials and artifacts - artistic and everyday. Mapping sonic histories and tracking the sonic detritus from the fabrication processes of materials and objects offers an auditory geographical awareness of it's journey in addition to the items more tangible physical journey. The research suggests there may be a more visceral awareness and responsibility for the object if exposed to this auditory, geographical journey.The work also explores the microscopic architecture and landscape of the material, in relation to the geographical contours of the landscape where it was originally sourced.

More broadly, I have worked extensively as a sculptor in Harare, Zimbabwe, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates of Dubai and Sharja and have ongoing relationship with Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD organisation, World of Music and Dance, designing and delivering international artists’ workshops in Las Palmas, Madrid and Caceres in Spain and also in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Pyatigorsk in the Caucasus region of Russia.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Prop Making, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama