Works on paper
Spinning Poetry is a playful installation I created, inspired by found poetry principles. Words, found or donated, are printed on spinning table tennis balls to reveal new meanings. In various guises it has been shown at StAnza, the Scottish Poetry Festival, in 2014, at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, in 2015, at VAS:T, Visual Arts Scotland, Edinburgh RSA, in 2015, and at the Abbeyhill Colony of Artists Festival in 2015.
Through Spinning Poetry, I have collaborated with pupils from Boroughmuir Secondary and worked closely with Abbeyhill Primary 4 and 5 classes as part of their artist-in-residence programme.
Context and surroundings are great sources of inspiration.
I generated two residencies, the first in the grounds of Hopetoun House near Edinburgh in 2006 and the second in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit in Fife in 2007. In both cases I created an installation that restored a missing feature with incongruous material for greater effect.
The Abbeyhill Primary Artist Residency is an ongoing programme curated by Iliyana Nedkova that involves a couple of artists each year and I was invited to take part in 2014. I designed and led a series of four workshops on poetry with P4 and P5 classes. I transcribed their poems on the free-standing Spinning Poetry triptych which was shown during the Abbeyhill’s Colony of Artists Festival in September of that year.
I have been a member of this artist collective since 2009. We regularly come together to create and curate work that responds to a specific site and context. For more information, see