Artist Statement

I am primarily a queer performance artist based in Glasgow. Within my practice I work collaboratively, collectively and individually. My main focus is on the visibility of older women, in what is, in part, an attempt to claim agency for the over-60s and 70s. My methodology includes intergenerational friendship and the collaborative process. My work often involves artistic personas (Silver Swimmer, Art Scrubber, Bus Pass, Pearl Compost and Constance Spry) performed in different contexts and environments: public spaces, galleries, domestically, in cabaret and within the landscape. My practice exists under the overall banner of 'NOT DEAD YET’.

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, Unforgotten, Unforgiven) (1969).

EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES and EVENTS (solo and group)
2021

  • Pearl and Theory Make Compost screening in Frankfurt as part of Internationales Frauen-Theater-Festival program ''Wxmen performing selves'. Program detail.

  • Scene Stirling commission, Climate Change/COP26. Cohort of five artists. July to November. Press Release.

  • Constance Spry, Flower Artiste, guest appearance for the Hildegard von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions. Zoom presentation hosted by The Cockpit, London, August 11.

  • 'Some Loose Assemblies'. Video: Pearl and Theory Make Compost screening, plus performance, Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street, London E2 8JD, June 9.

  • COM(M)POST. Solo exhibition, 201 Telephone Box Gallery, Strathkinness, April 2 to May 2 (closing performance).

2020
  • WARDROBE. Solo exhibition and artist talk, NOMAS*, Dundee. August 27 to October 1.

  • 40+30 Performance with MVBrown, Savings Bank, Glasgow. Jan 18

2019
  • BUS PASS durational performance on Glasgow buses (numbers 60 and 41) September 15-21. Launch of BUS PASS news sheet on Thursday Sept 19; appearance at Autumn Big Band Tea Dance, Platform, Easterhouse, from 1pm, Friday 20. Closing celebration at Garnethill Park 2pm - 4pm on Saturday, Sept 21.

  • Where Does the Wisdom Lie. Performance as part of Extinction Rebellion exhibition at Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 9.

  • Stick. Performance (and film) presented as culmination of residency at The Old School House, Gornia Lipnitsa, Bulgaria. July 22.

  • 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. 


RESIDENCIES

2022

  • 'Taking Time/Prendendo Tempo', Museum of Loss and Renewal, Collemacchia, Italy. (Date T.B.C. Postponed from 2020)

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
2021

  • Scene Stirling Climate Change/COP26 commission. Begins July and concludes in November.
  • VACMA Award for solo show at 201 Telephone Box Gallery.
2020
  • Awarded a-n Bursary: Time, Space, Money.
2019
  • Selected for residency at Old School House, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria. July 10-23
  • Award from VACMAScotland for BUS PASS.
  • 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, TV AND RADIO

2021
2019 
  • The Skinny, April. Feature re Timefield, “Art Against Ageism"
  • BBC News. Silver Swimmer interviewed re closure of Whitehill Pool.
2018 
  • MAP 'Not Dead Yet' review. 
  • The Herald. Feature Supplement on Saturday. Interview.
2017
2016
  • Dangerous Women Project,  Feature: Giving greater voice and visibility to older women.