PetroCultures 2018
29th August – 1st September 2018

PetroCultures is an academic conference taking place at the University of Glasgow this year. It is a research group whose aim is to support, produce, and distribute research related to the social, cultural and political implications of oil and energy use on individuals, communities, and societies around the world. I am looking forward to being on a panel to discuss Petromodernity, Marine Plastic and Art and deliver my paper – Plastic Temporality: An Artist’s Perspective

Anthropocene: Of Our Own Making
6th September -7th October 2018, Panacea Museum, Bedford
Private View on 6th September,  7-9pm

I am pleased to have been invited to deliver a talk about my work on Thursday 13th September, 2018 – time to be confirmed. I will also be showing a couple of pieces in this exhibition at the fascinating Panacea Museum, Newnham Rd, Bedford. MK40 3NX

The Blue Dot
Art exhibition at The House of Vans Waterloo, London
26th – 30th September 2018

Blue Dot Generation is a platform that promotes the use of the arts for education. Creating events that bring together artists, musicians, professionals and scientists. By engaging in local communities and inspiring international audiences through art, we will encourage a change in the relationship between people and our blue planet.In line with our mission and values, all events will be aimed towards both green and non-green audiences, of all ages and all walks of life.

I will have a number of pieces included in this exhibition, which promises to inspire discussion and empowerment around the issue of ocean plastics.

Quekett Microscopical Club, Natural History Museum London
Christmas Talk
– Saturday 8th December 2018

I have been invited to deliver a talk on my work with tideline plastics to the Quekett Microscopical Club. It will be an opportunity to explore the striking similarity in form between many marine diatoms and the endless stream of plastic fragments washing ashore which abound in my collection of finds. The talk also presents the chance to bridge art and science to highlight the growing importance of this global problem. I am particularly excited to be speaking at the Natural History Museum, one of my favourite museums.

North East Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild – Regional Day
Saturday 18 May 2019 at Emmanuel College, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

I will be giving a talk about my work with materials collected on the British coastline and the technique developed to create my unique flotsam tapestries. The theme for the day is recycling and members will be addressing this issue in their competition entitled ‘New Work from Old’.