Through Our Eyes

Commissioned By Sussex Partnerships

Chalkhill is a hospital that treats children and young people (aged 12-18) experiencing emotional difficulties, mental health problems and eating disorders.  This film was made in collaboration with children and young people who have stayed at Chalkhill to help others who may be experiencing similar problems, to let them know they are not alone, and to offer hope that recovery is available.

Messy Business

Trailer (52 secs)

Journeying through six passages of time, Messy Business was made with women who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. Playful, insistent, dark yet uplifting, Messy Business is an elegy to their wisdom, resilience and pain, giving a voice to those who kept quiet but now want to shout off the rooftops. A single screen video projection consisting of six shorts arranged as a linear narrative, that takes the viewer on a journey into, through and beyond abuse.


This is a trailer for a 20 minute single screen artist film commissioned by People United and made in collaboration with Sarah Cole with members of Joining Hand Joining Hearts, a charity that supports survivors of domestic violence and or sexual/abuse. 

Photoworks Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education

Education Curator Juliette Buss awarded a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education. Photoworks commissioned me to make a film about Juliette and the learning programme for the award ceremony and their website

A Year of Drawing

How will you Make your Mark?

Commissioned by Make Your Mark, Sussex Partnership's arts and health program this film promotes A Year of Drawing, a new year-long drawing project organised by Make Your Mark, will increase access to the arts for people facing mental health challenges and their carers through participatory drawing events across Sussex and Hampshire. I am also a lead artist on this project supported by Peer Arts Workers (artists with lived experience of mental health challenges).

Tight Modern

Commissed by Creative Future

A film about Tight Modern - "The world's smallest pop-up gallery, an 8ft x 5ft replica of the iconic Tate Modern, showcasing the UK's best under-represented artists.

Ripples in the Pond

Commissioned by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust

Commissioned by Sussex Partnership for new starters who come to work at the trust.  It explores how whatever the role, staff can make a contribution that makes a difference in mental health care.

Son of Liverpool

An extract

A portrait of the artist John Kirby’s as he prepares to return to Liverpool, the city he left age 16, for his retrospective exhibition “The Living and The Dead” at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool  January - April 2012 commissioned by Flowers Gallery,  London

The Look of Love

Single Screen Video Work

Cut to a broken collage of numerous versions of Burt Bacharach’s eponymous song as most famously sung by Dusty Springfield, The Look of Love slowly unravels the illusion of romantic love as sold to us through the pages of glossy magazines. The lover’s gaze is contrived through a sequence of cuts between different male and female air-brushed beauties of the white western ideal fantasy pulled out of magazines and held up like puppets by the artist’s hands. The dream gradually shatters as the images become fractured and distorted revealing the reality of ageing and perhaps the false promise of love’s myth that we are complicit in consuming. In the final frame we are reminded that this was in itself a performance as the artists hand is seen drawing the final corrupted face from the frame.

Giddy Brighton

This is one of four films film combining archive film footage from Screen Archive South East with recorded lived memories of Brighton & Hove. This one focusses on memories of night life and music and dancing in Brighton in the 50's and 60's. Giddy Brighton is an exhibition that explores teenage memories from the post-war years in Brighton & Hove, launched as part of Brighton Festival 2016, alongside the release of the Giddy Brighton app. Archive images and film accompany oral histories, vividly reawakening Brighton & Hove life during the mid-20th century. Visit the Giddy website to find out more.

Whistling Round Corners

Made during commissioned Artist Residency at Mottisfont, The National Trust

Make your Mark

Commissioned by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

A short film made for Make Your Mark, the newly established arts and health programme for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, supported by Heads On, the Trust's charity. The film talks to people involved in the arts about the place of arts in their lives and how the arts makes a difference for them and for others. Screened a number of consultation events including at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton and Towner, Eastbourne and Pallant House, Chichester.

In Our Own Words

Commissioned by Make Your Mark the arts and health programme for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation alkhill Mental Health Hospital

Made in collaboration with young people at Chalkhill project used photography, animation and film to explore the individual and shared experiences of being at Chalkhill Mental health Hospital. 

One Too Many

Commissioned by The Royal College of Physicians

Commissioned by The Royal College of Physicians to make an artist film work which relates to the College's role in research and health promotion around alcohol, possibly to the College's interesting holdings of library and archive material and also the wider context of alcohol in society. 

The film entered the College’s collection and will was part of exhibition curated by Caroline Fisher “This Bewitching Poison: Alcohol and the Royal College of Physicians since its foundation” January 2014 - July 2014

ArtBreaks Saturdays

Commissioned by Project Art Works

A short film about Artbreaks Saturdays' creative workshops for young people with complex needs and their families. This pilot project offered the opportunity for 8 families to work with a professional artist every Saturday for 6 weeks and the film offers insights from participants and their families.

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