Artist statement


I am a performance artist based in Glasgow. Within my practice I work collaboratively, collectively and individually. My interests and themes focus on visibility of older women, ageing, friendship and conflict, feminism and the collaborative process. My work often involves artistic personas performed in different contexts and environments: public spaces, galleries, domestically, in cabaret and within the landscape.

CV


Education


DJCAD, Dundee. MFA(Art, Society and Publics) Distinction (2014).
Sheffield University. Diploma in Art Therapy (1992)
University of Leeds, Diploma in Health Promotion (1983)
University of York, BA(Hons) Sociology (1982).
Brighton College of Art. Degree in Fine Art (uncompleted) (1969)


Exhibitions, Performances and Events (solo and group)

2019

  • Forthcoming: BUS PASS performance project for September 2019, with events at Platform, Easterhouse and GSA.

  • Timefield, an immersive installation by Field at Platform, Easterhouse, 27 April to 25 May 2019. Part of Luminate Festival 2019.

  • XSexcentenary workshop, performance and exhibition DO YOU SEE ME at Outpost, Norwich, on Jan 26. 


2018 
  • Scrubbing for Visibility. Performance as part of Out of this World, organised by Amy Brygel at LOOK AGAIN! Festival Headquarters, Aberdeen.

  • XSexcentenary video (The Magpie's Nest) showing at Summerhall Festival Visual Arts, Edinburgh.

  • Swimming for Dennistoun, Silver Swimmer performance on streets and shops of Dennistoun.

  • Drenched. Performance at DCA as part of Echo: response to the work of Eve Fowler.

  • Body Double, with MV Brown, at CAMP, Aulus Les Bains, French Pyrenees.

  • XSexcentenary at GI. Not Dead Yet. Performances at Glasgow's Necropolis and a One-Stop Memorial Shop at Ladywell Business Centre. 

  • XSexcentenary video (The Magpie's Nest) in group show, Rumpy Bees and Pumpy Blooms, at the Klosterpresse in Frankfurt. 

  • Scrubbing For Easterhouse. Art Scrubber performance at Outskirts Festival, Platform, Glasgow. 

  • Vacuous Vanities Performance as part of 'Dive Queer Party's Goddess Awards', Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh. 


2017 
  • Vacuous Vanities Performance hosted by Birds of Paradise Theatre Company at  Summerhall, Edinburgh.

  • Research weekend in Galloway developing Timefield, with a group of artists who met at Cove Park. Funded by Creative Scotland. 

  • Green Swimming Pool. Performance by Silver Swimmer in The Secret Garden at the David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, at the invitation of Thank You Very Much. 

  • Keeping My Head Above Water, Silver Swimmer in LGBT History Cabaret, presented by Dive at the Traverse, Edinburgh.

  • Scrubbing For Franki. Performance at Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art.

  • XSexcentenary. Now You See Me, Now You Don't. Performance as part of Buzzcut Festival. The Pearce Institute, Glasgow. 

  • Silver Swimmer performance: Keeping My Head Above Water. Contribution to 'CABARET' as part of LGBT History Month. Tron Theatre, Glasgow. 


2016,
  • Sexcentenary, a Live Arts Development Agency DIY commission: 'Grey Matters', Workshop/action in Brighton. 

  • Sexcentenary: Organised by Accumulations', key-note performative speech for Precarious Assembly', We Refuse To Be Unseen (2), Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

  • Sexcentenary: We Refuse To Be Unseen (1)', part of Hazard 2016, St Ann's Square, Manchester.

  • Art Scrubber performance (with Gerry O'Brien): Cleaning the Scotsman Steps, Edinburgh. 

  • Silver Swimmer's Dundee to Aberdeen, part of DA DEE AT, Performance Festival, Aberdeen. 

  • Sexcentenary: Becoming Visible: Three Actions at Tate Britain'. 

  • Sexcentenary: 'Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty' was presented by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) for 'Old Dears' at Chelsea Theatre, London. 



Invites and Appearances

2018
  • Visiting tutor at Glasgow School of Art. M. Litt Performance course. 

  • Invited to take part in long-table discussion and to appear in Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Split Britches at Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow.

  • During Glasgow International, invited by Sigrid Kirk to appear on panel discussing women in the visual arts, Tramway, Glasgow.

  • As part of International Women's Day 2018, invited by Janice Aitken to collaborate on My Silence Will Not Protect Me. 


2017
  • Performing the role of 'Dad' in The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera at CCA, Glasgow. Directed by Dominic Robertson.



Residencies

2019
  • ‘The Wheel of Time’ Residency at Old School House, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria.


2018

  • CAMP: ‘Live Art (Both Pronunciations)’ with Anne Bean, French Pyrenees.


2017
  • Emerging Older Artists Residency, Cove Park, Scotland. 


2016
  • 'Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty' with Rocio Bolivar, Live Art Development Agency (LADA), London. 



Awards

2019

  • Selected for residency at Old School House, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria. July 10-23
  • Award from VACMAScotland for BUS PASS, project.
  • Creative Scotland Award for staging outcome of Timefield, a five-artist collaboration exhibited at Platform, Easterhouse.

2018 
  • Selected by CCA to attend CAMP residency with Anne Bean.
  • Creative Scotland Award to XSexentenary to increase funding for Not Dead Yet as part of Gi. 

2017 
  • Award to XSexcentenary from Gi for Not Dead Yet, April/May 2018.
  • Creative Scotland Research and Development Award to support the development of Timefield.


Press

2019 
  • The Skinny, April. Feature re Timefield, “Art Against Ageism

2018 
  • MAP 'Not Dead Yet' review. 
  • The Herald. Feature Supplement on Saturday . Interview  

2016
  • Dangerous Women Project,  Feature: Giving greater voice and visibility to older women. 


TV and Radio

2019
  • BBC News. Silver Swimmer interviewed re closure of Whitehill Pool.

2017
March. BBC Radio Scotland,  re LGBT History month.