b. 1961, Tynemouth, UK

Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


1999 MA, Visual Culture (Distinction), Middlesex University, London

1991 Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, London Guildhall University

1991 BA (Hons) Fine Art and Critical Studies, 2:1, Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London

1985 Foundation Course in Art, South Devon College, Torquay

1983 Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), Institute of Education, University of London, London

1982 BA (Hons) English Literature, University of Cambridge, Cambridge


Solo Exhibitions

2009 Quiet Amsterdam: selected black and white photographs from the photobook, Shashin Art Bookshop Gallery

2008 Waiting Child, The Surgery Gallery, Amsterdam

2003 Hanging There, Museumnacht 2003, De Burcht, Amsterdam

1994 Unmake Me, New Hall, Cambridge

1985 Drawings of Monstrous Women and Other Beautiful Creatures, Somerville College, Oxford


Group Exhibitions

2015 Recent Drawings, Open Studio, Oarzo (Stichting Open Ateliers Zuidoost), Amsterdam

2013 Precious, joint exhibition with Dame Paula Rego at New Hall Women’s Art Collection. Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

2008 Vrouwen, Akantes Multicultural Centrum, Amsterdam, joint show with Petra Mesman

2007 Capturing Paradise: work by Western and Non-Western artists Inspired by Islamic Art and Culture, Braintree Town Hall Gallery and Museum, Essex

2007 De Verborgen Lente (The Secret Spring), Loods 6, Amsterdam

2007 The Clothes She Wears, Fashion and Textile Museum, London

2006 The Clothes She Wears, The Royal Geographical Society, London

2005 Big Bosoms, drawing sold at Charity Auction, New Hall, Cambridge

2005 Broedplaats, (Nesting Place), De Verborgen Stad (the Secret City), Amsterdam

2004 The Clothes She Wears, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Utrecht Gemeente

Amsterdam Town Hall (Gemeente)

UCA, (University of the Creative Arts) Epsom

Paris, The Ethical Fashion Show

Ghent, Conference on Global Social Funding

2002 Plantage Doklaan, Amsterdam

1992 Whitechapel Open Exhibition, paintings Woman Looking and Woman Not Sure She Wants To Be Looked At Or Not, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1990 Child’s Play, Piece Hall Gallery, Halifax

1986 ICA New Contemporaries, Small Green Monster Showing Her Mess, London


Films and Videos

1998 Fly Ash Over India, broadcast on Indian Television, Karnataka

1995 Nagano Story, 7th Mountain and Adventure Film Festival, Austria

1991 Listening to the Body, Southampton Film Festival, England





Paintings; ‘Woman Thinking’ and ‘Rawincluded in New Hall’s permanent collection of women’s art.

Work in private collections in Amsterdam, London, Bristol, Yorkshire and Oxford


Published Writing

2016 Quiet Barcelona (forthcoming) published by Frances Lincoln, London

2014 Quiet London: Food and Drink, Quiet London: Culture and Quiet London: Quiet Corners, published by Frances Lincoln, London

2013 Quiet New York, published by Frances Lincoln, London

2012 Quiet Paris, published by Frances Lincoln, London

2011 Quiet Amsterdam (Second, revised edition), published by Frances Lincoln, London

2010 Quiet London, published by Frances Lincoln, London

2009 Connaissez-vous la pluie.Introduction to work by Merina Beekman, catalogue published by Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam

2008 Quiet Amsterdam, black and white limited edition artist’s photobook published by ‘Image Found’, Amsterdam

2007 Capturing Paradise 60 page catalogue to accompany the exhibition at Braintree Museum and Art Gallery, Essex

2007 Drawings published in ‘Verity’ magazine, UK

2006 Red Skirt, Celeste Art Prize Catalogue, organised in conjunction with Goldsmiths University, London

2004 The Clothes She Wears, catalogue of art installation

2002 Everything We Have Is Yours, review of solo show by artist Claire Douglass, London

2007 Learning from the Museum and Learning from the Academy Framework: The Finnish Art Review, Helsinki

2003-5 Articles on Rod Bugg, (2004) Nick Renshaw (2005) Karen Santen, Ceramics Art and Perception, USA, Australia

2003-12 Interviews Deutsche Borse Photography Prize nominee JH Engstrom, Ralph Gobits, Boris Mikhailov, Lieve Prins and Ossip, Eyemazing, Amsterdam

1999 The Work of Mick Williamson, London Independent Photography Journal, London

1991 Woman with her Arms Folded, Women Artists’ Diary

Teaching experience

2007-8 Senior Visiting Lecturer, ‘MA Museums and Contemporary Curating’, UCA (University of the Creative Arts), Epsom, UK

2007 ‘Draw the largest amulet in the western world’, workshop held as part of ‘The Big Draw’, Braintree Museum, Essex

2005 Art workshops at the International School, Toulouse and for ‘Education Otherwise’, London

2002 Guest Lecturer, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

1991-2001 Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Department of Art: Photography, Fine Art, Cultural Studies, Film

1999 Visiting lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, Fine Art Department

1990-1991 Tutor on Critical Eye and experimental film courses run in conjunction with Cowley Community Education, Oxford

1989 Special Needs Teacher, Bayswater Middle School Oxford

1988 Sculptor and co-ordinator of workshops funded by Southern Arts; project toured to special schools and psychiatric hospitals

1983-5 Residential social worker and counsellor with the Richmond Fellowship in Oxford and London


Curatorial Projects

2016 Drawing Work, images by 20 artists who makes drawings about the experience of work, CBK Zuidoost, February 2016

2013 Precious, etchings by Paula Rego and drawings by Siobhan Wall, New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge

2007 Capturing Paradise, Work by Western and Non Western artists inspired by Islamic Art and Culture’, Braintree Museum and Town Hall Gallery

2000 Solo Exhibition: Shadafarin Ghadirian, Iranian photographer, London Guildhall University

2003 ‘Unquiet Landscapes II’, Ignatius Huis, Amsterdam

2002 ‘Unquiet landscapes’, De Tiltenberg, Haarlem

2002 Summer Show, Plantage Doklaan, Amsterdam

Awards and Grants

2007 Funding awarded to Braintree Museum and Art Gallery by the Arts Council for ‘Capturing Paradise,’ a group show I guest curated, including work by Merina Beekman, Algerian artist Samta Benyahia

2006 Artist work placement in Baku, Azerbaijan working in refugee schools and with women’s organisations, funded by ‘Gulliver Connect’, organised in conjunction with Felix Meritis, Amsterdam

2003 ‘The Clothes She Wears’, solo exhibition awarded funding by HIVOS, The Hague


Other work and talks

2009 Iconoclasm, Aniconism and the Abject in Islamic Art, lecture at London Metropolitan University, London

2007 The Absence of the Abject in Islamic Art, presentation at Braintree Museum during the exhibition ‘Capturing Paradise’.

2003-15 Writer of press releases for ‘Galerie De Witte Voet’, Amsterdam