Engagement & Participation

Here is a gallery of images I have selected from some of the past which include Venice Bienalle for Architecture, The Sheffield Town Hall Residency, Matchmaker at Sheffield United, Birch & O’Shea at Allhallows Leeds, Encounters in Liverpool, Batley, Sheffield.

I was a founder of Sheffield based Encounters along with Ruth Ben-Tovim, and we pioneered and used creative methods that brought different communities of people together to share aspects of their lives. We occupied disused shop spaces in Sharrow, Sheffield, and used them as a base to make art work in response to people and the environment. We enabled people to participate in that process by sharing stories, objects, thoughts and ideas about where they lived and in so doing enabled people to contribute to the making of evolving and evocative art work. Over the years I have worked alone and collaborated with many artists and other people, and continue to develop a participatory practice that enables the making of art in a variety of form and media that examines, unearths and reveals aspects of places and communities often hidden. The artwork acts as a snapshot and a view of a place and a community at a particular moment in time. I continue to be inspired by, and have great belief in the power of creative participatory work. How it can bring people together, and how as an art form it provides a connection with and between people and places, and can result in deeper knowledge and understanding.


Engagement & Participation Projects

  • Engagement & Participation
    Here is a gallery of images I have selected from some of the past which include Venice Bienalle for Architecture, The Sheffield Town Hall Residency, Matchmaker at Sheffield United, Birch & O’Shea at Allhallows Leeds, Encounters in Liverpool, Batley, Sheffield. I was a founder of Sheffield based Encounters along with Ruth Ben-Tovim, and we pioneered …

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  • Objects
    I value the use of the ‘object’ to explore people’s relationship with their neighbourhood, city, particular spaces and places and with each other. Many places change constantly, and this has great effect upon people’s psychological and physical experiences. Objects can be personal and intimate, they can be gifts, can be found and lost, and can …

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  • Cast
    CAST is a body of work created in response to spending time in Bradford, Nottingham and Hull. In each city I planned routes and whilst journeying sketched, made notes and took photographs. From this preparatory work I created bespoke exhibitions in each city with added elements from each urban walk, and by doing so made …

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  • Traverse
    TRAVERSE: To travel across or through.  The inspiration for this body of work has been spending time in nature journeying, walking paths through woods, by rivers, along valleys and taking time to look out at panoramic views that encompass all these and more. Not only have the larger aspects of the landscape inspired and captivated me …

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  • Adjoin
    Collaborative work between artist Trish O’Shea and orthopaedic surgeon Professor Mark Wilkinson. ADJOIN is a project that explores how the personal experience can be ‘placed’ within and along side the clinical and factual. ADJOIN makes visual the physical, emotional and psychological affects that suffering from osteoarthritis has upon the self, one’s identity and experience of …

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  • Confidential
    CONFIDENTIAL was created in collaboration with photographer Jackie Jones as part of the Adjoin project. CONFIDENTIAL is a series of photographs taken of me by Jackie as I explored movement and restriction. As Jackie took photographs we talked about arthritis and what it is to live with the painful and debilitating disease. The use of …

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