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2002 - Present:
Instructor of Photography for Under Graduate, Graduate and Post Graduate levels; Siena School of Liberal Arts and Siena Art Institute
1998 - Present:
Freelance Photographic work for various clients; Travel and Holiday Property companies, Premio Celeste, Siena School for Liberal Arts, SART, Verso Magazine. Runs photographic and metalwork courses at her Studio in Tuscany. Assistant Photographer and Stylist for Photographer Mads Mogensen.
1998 - 2002:
Instructor of Studio Art and Photography for Undergraduate and Graduate levels; Study in Siena.
Visiting lecturer; Norwich College of Art and Design
1984 -1985; Art Foundation Art Diploma, Maidstone College of Art UK
1985 -1988; HND and PHND in Photography and Media Studies, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.
2012: 2 person show,photographs/installation; EARTH/TERRA, Acc. Fisiocritici, Siena
2011: Group Show, DRAWN TOGETHER, Siena Art Institute, Siena
2011: CELESTE PRIZE finalist, INVISIBLE DOG, New York
2011: Personal show; ECHOES, Benvivre , Siena.
2011: Group Show; Photographs; WATERWAYS, Casolae Art Festival, Casole D’Elsa
2010: Group show; Photographs; FOOD, San Chimento Gallery, Siena
2010: Group Show: PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE MILL, Casole D’Elsa.
2010: Group Show; ALBERI-TREES, ARTEACOLORI, Montaione , Firenze. Italy
2010: Group Show; TUSCAN ICONS. Photographs. Galleria ISTANTANEA, Siena. Italy.
2009: Photographs and Paintings ALBERO CELESTE Gallery, San Gimignano, Italy.
2009: INDEPENDTENDENCY: Celeste Network, Venice Biennale. Italy.
2009: BRITMANIA, Exhibition of photographs, Various British artists, Florence.
2008: Group show: Video Installation, Photography, Siena School, Pendola . Siena.
2008 CELESTE PRIZE 2008 : Finalists’ Exhibition Milan
2008: Group Show, COLLE GIOCO ; Painting, Photography and Installation. Colle Val D’Elsa
2007: Work selected for COLORS Magazine exhibition, FABRICA-LES YEUX OVERTS, CENTRE POMPIDOU Paris
2007: Show of Photographic and metal work. ‘’Coiné“ Colle Val D’Elsa, Italy
2006: Group show of women Artists and Artisans; WOMEN IN ART IN THE VAL D’ELSA, Abbadia Isola, Siena. Italy.
2005: Group show of Artists and Artisans METAMETALLO, GAP'S SPAZIO, Asti, Italy.
2004: Group show of Artists, 'DOMESTIC ART' at the BIALE CERRUTI, Art Gallery, Siena, Italy.
1998: Personal Show; Photographs and Objects, IL SAPIA, Colle Val d'Elsa. Italy
1998: Group show; photographs, sculptures, etchings and paintings, LA PERGOLA, Radicondali, Siena.
1992: Group show; 'THE RUBBISH DUMP', sculpture, painting and photographs, Saint Cristoforo Cloisters, Siena, Italy.
1990: Group Show; ENGLISH AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, Miami, USA
1989: Personal Show of photographs, TRINITY ARTS CENTRE, Tunbridge Wells, UK.
1989: PersonalShow of photographs, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, UK
1988: Two Person show photo and painting, OMPHALOS GALLERY, London. UK
1988: Group Show of photography .THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S GALLERY, London,UK
2010: Danish LOCALLIVING COOKBOOK.
2009: PREMIO CELESTE Cataogue INDEPENDTENDENCY, VeniceBiennale
2008: A SENSE OF PLACE, Martina and Mads Mogensen, DOM publications
2008: ELLE DECOR, editorial article,
2007; PREMIO CELESTE 2007 Finalist Exhibtion catalogue.
2005: VILLE E GIARDINI in Italian interiors magazine,.
2002: COSTUME E SOCIETA’Interview broadcast on Italian Television RAI 2,
2002: GLAMOUR magazine, NEW ARTISANS: four women working in Italy
2001: SKONA HEM Danish interiors magazine
2001: HANDMADE IN ITALY, a book about artisans in Italy by John Ferro Sims
2001: COUNTRY German interiors magazine
1998: ELLE DÉCOR Italy.
1988: HOTSHOE photographic magazine.
1988: IMAGE photographic magazine.
1988: CREATIVE REVIEW magazine.
1988: CREATIVE CAMERA magazine.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Benson and Hedges Award for Photography 1988
Finalist for Premio Celeste prize,Milano, 2008
Finalist for Celeste Prize, New York, 2011
Project Description by Jacqueline Tune for "A GAME CALLED 'HAPPY FAMILIES'" from a project for COLORS magazine, 2006
When we were little, we used to play the card game 'Happy Families', with Mr and Mrs Singh from India and their children, the Fernandez family from Mexico and others from different nations across the world. I guess at the time I didn't think about the future connotations the game might have , or the false impressions it might be imposing upon us innocent, young children, coming from a white, middle class, english family. The fact was I played , like the rest of us, trying to get the set of four family members back together as one. The Indians, the Russians , the Mexicans etc. Then they would be 'happy', and one of us would win.
The extent to our 'unhappiness' in those days would have been fighting over who got the biggest slice, an argument about leaving stuff lying around the house, or our animals dying and being buried at the end of the garden. So when recently our family started coming loose at the seams, losing its form because the stuffing was coming away, I felt slightly cheated. This wasn't how the game was supposed to go. We might have all been distances apart , but we had, all of us, in our growing numbers, always been bound together constantly by phonecalls, e-mails, birthday presents and holidays. Suddenly it was different. One of the cards got lost, mislaid, and didn't have an address anymore. We didn't know which dolls she played with anymore, which songs she liked to sing, or what her hair was like.
It was sad and it was painful, it didn't make sense and it was worrying. The not knowing 'if ever again' s and the 'trying to remember' s ; the warmth, the smells, the laughter, the tears and the love.
Some of it is here in pictures. This family album. My pictures of my family doing what they try to do best : getting on with being a Happy Family. Sometimes I find myself on the outside, trying to capture what it is that makes my family so unique. There I am at the window, on the other side of the room, sometimes ordering , usually not helping! This incessant need on one side to feel I am part of it, and yet to watch and capture, fascinated, solely as an observer, on the other. Then someone would throw me a tea towel, pass me a cup of tea, and I would be restored to my family role again.
We talk, we listen, we try to work things out and make things better. Families aren't easy 'things', I've come to realize , not only through listening to other people, , but through my own experience. The not agreeing about issues, not accepting others' behaviour or even understanding it, the decisions and the changes of decision. Even in the way we might wash-up. 'Family' is hard work but it is a constant and wonderful reminder of what we are, and that we are. In loving, and caring, and hurting, and losing ,and getting together, and making an effort, and remembering, and holding together....