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Bunker visual

Underground Orchestra

The next instalment of the collaboration with the Cobweb Orchestra will take place on the 16th May. For one night only, to coincide with Museums at Night, I will be transforming the York Cold War Bunker with a series of light installations and projections while musicians from the orchestra perform a specially composed new work. This event as very limited places. Please sign up to my email list to be notified when tickets become available.



I am pleased to announce that  PaperBridge will be my next landscape installation. a full-sized packhorse bridge made entirely of sheets of paper will cross a beck in the shadow of Helvelyn in the English Lake District. 'PaperBridge' is part of 'Lakes Ignite 2015' - a programme of new works in the Lake District during April and May 2015. "PaperBridge' opens to the public on the 9th May.
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Recent Projects


En Paviljong som Lyssnar på Skogen

a Pavilion for Listening to the Forest. A site-specific tensile fabric structure suspended from the forest on Öland, Sweden. The Pavilion, inspired by the small buildings in Chinese gardens, reflects on the delicate balance between man and the forest.

from September 2013

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Carpet ink bottles


an installation of 25,000 glass bottles of ink creating an Anglo-Saxon style carpet pattern in the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. The piece recalls the importance of colour in 7th Century Britain and celebrates the visit of the original Lindisfarne Gospels to North East England which were created at the priory.

28th June - 9th July

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red souvenir

Red Souvenir

a pair of forms made from pagoda umbrellas as part of the project [RED] campaign at Bicester Village

February 2013

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Projects currently in development

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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

currently artist in residence with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You can follow the progress on my residency blog. The final piece is expected mid-March 2014




a large-scale tensile structure across a remote Pennine valley

2014 tbc



a temporary packhorse bridge made entirely from paper

date tbc



A temporary light installation recreating the path of the former viaduct over the river Belah on Stainmore. Once the highest viaduct in England, it is 150 years since the original iron viaduct was built and 50 years since the last train ran over it.

Winter  2013/ 2014 (tbc)

LandLines test


An 18-month project to map the constant changing agricultural landscape along the railway line in Northumbria. Temporary interventions on land beside the railway will describe the seasonal workings of the land and create an ever-changing gallery of work to be seen from passing trains. The project will culminate in a 6-week on-board menu sourced entirely from farms beside the railway, completing the journey from field to plate.

Estimated start - May 2014

Playscape model


What is the rural solution to concrete skateparks? The Playscape project is an exciting initiative that aims to build a large-scale, earthwork sculpture inspired by local geological features and natural mathematics that also offers potential for not just conventional play but also Parkour, performance, rock climbing and admiring the view. The Playscape project is a fusion between art and sport. One that takes a holistic approach to the provision of urban-rooted disciplines in a rural environment.

ongoing project


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