Artist statement

While my practise can make use of a wide range of media, dialogue is integral to the process and often features in the finished form. Collaboration with others is vital to my wellbeing and my work.

From the beginning of 2016, I have been part of a collective of older women artists, Sexcentenary, whose archived website is
here. As of summer 2017, some of us are carrying on as Xsexcentenary as discussed here.

Increasingly, I get talking to some fellow artist at an opening or event and am asked to collaborate on some mad/sensible, socially engaged/narcissistic project. The answer always seems to be: "YES".

Exhibitions and Events

2018, 20 April-7 May (forthcoming). XSexcentenary will be part of Glasgow International with Not Dead Yet. Three performances at the Necropolis and a One-Stop Memorial Shop at their hub space at Ladywell Business Centre on Duke Street. XSexcentenary will be co-curated by me and Holly Knox-Yeoman.

2017, October 15. Performing
Vacuous Vanities as part of accessible intergenerational cabaret, supported by Luminate, hosted by Birds of Paradise Theatre Company at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

2017, September 7. Performing the role of 'Dad' in
The United Kingdom of Earth: A Brexit Opera at CCA, Glasgow. Directed by Dominic Robertson.

2017, July. Research weekend in Galloway developing the project 'Field', with a group of older artists who met at Cove Park. Funded by Creative Scotland.

2017, July 8. Unofficial performance of Silver Swimmer in The Secret Garden at the David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, at the invitation of Thank You Very Much.

2017, April 30. Silver Swimmer participated in the LGBT History Cabaret, presented by Dive, Juminate and LGBT Age at Traverse Bar, the Traverse, Edinburgh.

2017, April 20. Performing 'Scrubbing For Franki'. Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art.

2017, April 8. Performing 'Now You See Me, Now You Don't' with XSexcentenary as part of Buzzcut Festival. The Pearce Institute, Glasgow.

2017, February 16. Silver Swimmer performance: 'Keeping My Head Above Water'. Contribution to CABARET as part of LGBT History Month, Tron Theatre, Glasgow.Commissioned by Dive, Luminate and LGBT Age.

2016, October 8-9. As part of Sexcentenary, a Live Arts Development Agency DIY commission: 'Grey Matters'. Workshop/action in Brighton.

2016, August 4. As part of Sexcentenary: Organised by Accumulations', key-note performative speech for Precarious Assembly', 'WE REFUSE TO BE UNSEEN (2), Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

2016, July 9. As part of Sexcentenary: 'WE REFUSE TO BE UNSEEN (1)', part of Hazard 2016, St Ann's Square, Manchester.

2016, June 11: As part of Art Scrubbers (with Gerry O'Brien): Cleaning the Scotsman Steps, Edinburgh.

2016, May 20-22: 'Silver Swimmer', part of DA DEE AT, Performance Festival, Aberdeen.

2016, March 18: As part of Sexcentenary: 'Becoming Visible: Three Actions at Tate Britain'.

2015, November 28: 'Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty' was presented by Live Art Development Agency (LADA) for 'Old Dears' at Chelsea Theatre, London.

2015, November 25: Tired of Being Forever 21', Action at Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, London.

2015, August 29: 'Silvery Tay-Haired Women', Dundee Commons Festival.

2015, August 21:
Meet Meret, guest appearance in 'Surrealism Awake' by Duncan Comrie at Edinburgh Fringe.

2015, July 25 - August 29 : 'Empire', SSA, Wall Projects, Montrose.

2015, February: Participant in Ellie Harrison’s ‘Dark Days’ at GoMA, Glasgow

2015, January: ‘Endings’, PVAF, Strathearn Artspace, Crieff

2014, 'MFA Art,Society and Publics, Degree Show', Cooper Gallery, Dundee

2014, 'Performing Now': Generator, Dundee

2014, 'Performance Night': Pipe Factory, Glasgow

2014, 'Members Show': Generator, Dundee

2014, ‘Corridor ‘ DJCAD, Dundee

2013, 'Performing Now': Generator, Dundee

2013 ‘Invocations’ Roseangle Arts, Dundee

2013, '6x4’ Cooper Gallery Project Space, Dundee

2013, 'Members Show', Generator, Dundee

2013, 'Acts of Displacement'; D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee

2013, February: Participant in Suzanne Lacy’s ‘Silver Action’, Tate Modern, London

2012 ‘12/12/12’ MFA Work-in-progress, The Hub, DJCAD,Dundee


2017, September, Award to XSexcentenary from Glasgow International to fund
Not Dead Yet, April/May 2018.

2017, July. Award from Creative Scotland to support the development of The Field, an artistic collaboration between five older artists; fine art Photographer Frank McElhinnney, playwright Lesley Wilson, myself, performer Ian Cameron and visual artist Annie Peel. The project is inspired by Lesley Wilson's play, A Woman, A Crow, A Giant and A Field.

2017, February 22-28, Residency; 'LAB FOR OLDER ARTISTS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF A NEW ARTISTIC CAREER'. Award courtesy of Cove Park, Magnetic North, Luminate and a-n The Artists Information Company.


Dangerous Women Project, 12 May, 2016, Feature:
Giving greater voice and visibility to older women.

Dundeee Courier, 30 June, 2015, Feature, 'Perthshire Artist seeks 30 shades of grey'.

The Herald, 29 June 2015, Feature 'Exercise the Grey matter'.

Dundee Courier, featured artist, DJCAD Masters Show, August 2014

Dundee Courier, featured artist, Act of Displacement, D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee April 2013

TV and Radio

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

BBC Radio Scotland, 29 June 2015,
Kaye Adams. (01:55.05 in.)

Summerhall TV, featured artist, February 2014