After leaving Swansea College of Art in 1991 I initially worked as an arts and crafts instructor at a mental health day care centre in the Rhondda valleys where I ran recreational art projects with clients. From there I went on to work as the arts department team leader at the Arts Factory, a community owned and run business based in the Rhondda where I designed and oversaw the production of a wide range of community art projects. I worked at the Arts Factory for six years and left in 2000 to start my own business, “Urban Arts” which I still run from my studio in the Vale of Neath.
Since 2000 I’ve worked on numerous commissioned projects ranging from painted murals, wall mounted sculptural artworks, landscape design, paintings, digital artworks and free standing sculpture, ranging in size from large-scale public works to hand held objects.
The majority of my projects are site specific, often inspired by research into local history and regularly involve working with local communities.
I’m always excited by the idea of producing work for public spaces where not only does the work, hopefully, reflect and enhance it’s surroundings but also allows people the opportunity to physically interact with artwork outside of a gallery setting.
Often my projects involve working with specialists such as architects, planners and construction contractors. On numerous occasions I’ve had to install or oversee the installation of artworks on construction sites. As such I’m well aware of the Health and Safety requirements for working on site.
I use all sorts of materials to produce my work. Some I can manipulate myself, such as clay, timber, stone, etc but other materials require specialists to do the production work, such as bronze and iron casting, steel fabrication, etching, laser and water jet cutting, etc. By combining a range of materials and techniques I’m able produce a wide variety of sculptural shapes and forms that are long lasting, requiring minimum maintenance.
United Welsh House association
Caerphilly County council
Neath Port Talbot County council
Leicestershire county council
Torfaen County Council
Dulais Valley Partnership
Newydd Housing association
Bridgend County Council
Vale of Glamorgan County council
RCT County Council
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