UPDATE: As of 08 March 2022, I have resigned from the board as Trustee, although I will continue to work with James Steventon and Fermynwoods. Another role I have previously resigned from was as Research Fellow from Leeds Arts University. Watch this space for a future post on walking out (why, when, where to draw the line, and what some of the lines are).

Supporting life through art: Autumn 2021: I am delighted to be invited to become trustee of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. Fermynwoods is an educational charity that supports life through art by commissioning innovative and meaningful ways for artists to engage with audiences, in public spaces across Northamptonshire and online.

Accolades include: Best Contemporary Art Gallery in Northamptonshire; 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards; Art Charity of the Year for Central England; 2020 Central England Prestige Awards; 2020 Achates Philanthropy Prize Bursary Winner).

What’s new: Together we’re keen to explore ways to celebrate neurodiversity and creativity. I have a lot to learn, especially as a non-native of Northamptonshire and urban pumpkin, and seek to speak openly as a critical friend.

Drawing on: I have been collaborating with Director artist James Steventon since 2014, primarily in exploring the entanglements between art and running. My past projects with Fermynwoods include: Running Artfully Network (RAN) launch + award (2021); Breathing in Art mask series (2020) and Free Exchange (2015).

Supporting life through artfulness: I love volunteering. Finding new ways to apply and to learn/un-learn through my mind and body, and working with people outside of ivory tower is priceless. Recent roles include: NHS steward at vaccination centres; food server at a homelessness charity; Trustee at Hear Me Out. Past roles include: Naked Bike Ride marshall, London Ambassador, Expert Panel member for Media Authority of Singapore and Chair for activities for Thomson Community Club video club.

Above: James Steventon running inside an art gallery which was a former bank vault, as guest artist for a group exhibition I was a part of (Mysticism and Insecurity: Monologue Dialogue IV, Koppel gallery, London UK, curated by Professor Andrew Stahl 2017).