Participation and Learning
Participation, collaboration and learning form a large part of my artistic practice. I love to share my passion for photography with others as I'm a complete photo nerd. For over ten years I have regularly led education projects and collaborated in galleries, schools, colleges, universities and community projects. Most artist residencies I undertake involve community engagement and workshops.
Education roles include Curriculum Leader in Photography at City of Glasgow College and UWS. I hold a teaching qualification and have undertaken extensive training in working with vulnerable groups.
Current teaching roles. I am currently in post as a Teaching Fellow in Photography at the University of Edinburgh and founder of Portobello Photography School. I have taught regular, popular weekend courses Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow since 2010 and for National Galleries of Scotland since 2009. I also offer private tuition for beginners and established practitioners.
Current collaborative commissions. I have been commissioned by East Lothian Community Hospital and Round Table Projects to make photographic work for the new hospitals Mental Health Outpatients Department. This project is currently in the development phase working in partnership with staff and patients transitioning from Herdmanflat Hospital, Haddington to their new surroundings in the new hospital.
Recent participatory posts include working as Crisis at 50's Collaborative Photographer, working with homeless clients, and recently Photographer in Residence at Broomhouse Primary, Edinburgh. In 2018 I have also ran community photography groups for Edinburgh City Council, Scottish Waterways Trust and International Women's Day.
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