Installations, photography and sound exhibitions from the series Place Matters



Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow



Performed to sellout audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival



Public art piece – an audiovisual created for Merchant City Festival and displayed in The Tardis, historical police box, in Glasgow city centre.

National Theatre Scotland

Developing on Grounded, to create a projected photographic theatre set for a dramatised ceilidh, Fuaigh, produced for National Theatre Scotland.

Introduced, developed and facilitated a relationship between Aboriginal Artist, Fred Leone, and National Theatre Scotland to bring 16 Australian Aboriginal men to Glasgow to perform a Corroboree. This was double billed with our Ceilidh, to expand on themes introduced in the Grounded exhibition.

Grounded  [Freumhaichte I Wadlu-gnana]

Flying Arts Alliance tour of Grounded in Australia: Dogwood Crossing, Miles; Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, Brisbane; Coalface Art Gallery, Moranbah; David Harvey Sutton Gallery, Cloncurry; Texas Regional Art Gallery, Texas; Gympie Regional Art Gallery, Gympie; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Gladstone; Atherton Regional Gallery.

Facebook Friends (Laid Bare)

This body of work explores social media and its potential for fostering social isolation. I embody this message in my own process as I aim to visit all my Facebook friends to take their photographic portrait and record some aspect of the essence of who they are.

Grounded  [Freumhaichte I Wadlu-gnana]

What happens for people when they become disconnected from their environment; when language or culture is lost? How does that bear relevance for the wellbeing of the planet? I found a resonance between the stories of the Australian Aboriginal people and the Scottish Gaels, which I explore in the pairing of Australian with Scottish photographs.
Reviewed by Dr Kate Robinson (view here) and journalist, Jim Gilchrist (view here). The Herald Arts Magazine Gallery round-up (view here)
Included: 44 framed Giclée prints; book of stories to accompany the photographs; 3 audiovisuals; Arrarnta, Gaelic and English language.
Funders: Glasgow Beo Gaelic Arts and Glasgow Merchant City Festival
Location: Glasgow Gaelic Cultural Centre as part of XX Commonwealth Games 2014, cultural events; An Lanntair Gallery, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides


Nine weeks of residencies in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and the desert regions of Central Australia for the exhibition Grounded

Funders: Glasgow Life, Ceolas, Proiseact nan Ealan, Hi-Arts, Vast Arts, Flying Arts, italk Library, AAACE

2005 – 2012

Antarctica – A Place in the Wilderness

Following four-months research in the Australian Antarctic Territory into the lives of scientists and trades people, the exhibition looks at how the sense of community is affected by its location in this isolated environment. Included are: fifty-eight framed silver gelatin prints; artist diaries, including a Braille version; soundscape; colour digital projection; permitted tactile found items; clothing and equipment.

Funders: Australian Antarctic Division; Brisbane City Council; MAGSQ; Supported by International Polar Year

Touring to: Mawson Pavilion, Hobart; Parliament House, Canberra; Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts; Noosa Regional Gallery; Warwick Art Gallery; Australian Catholic University; Texas Regional Art Gallery; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery; Outback Regional Art Gallery, Winton; St George Regional Museum, Hurtsville; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW; Bundaberg Arts Centre; QANTAS Founders Museum, Longreach; Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, NSW.


Walking the Bridge – The Shape of the Space where we Live

The exhibition examines contemporary Scottish immigration to Australia, why people stay and where these immigrants feel they belong. Included are: twenty-five framed silver gelatin prints; soundscape; tactile items.

Funder: Scottish Year of Homecoming through Discover Bute, and Artworkers’ Alliance, QLD

Location: Isle of Bute, Scotland


Rothesay – A Place on an Island

The exhibition examines the sense of community and connection to place for residents of the Isle of Bute. Included are: twenty-six framed silver gelatin prints; colour digital projection; soundscape; interactive items to touch and smell; artist diaries.

Funder: Scottish Arts Council pARTners residency through Argyll and Bute Council

Location: Isle of Bute, Scotland


Four-month Arts Fellowship Residency in Antarctica

Funder: Australian Antarctic Division


A Place in Bolivia

The exhibition tells the story of the uprising that put Aymara leader, Evo Morales Ayma, into power as President of Bolivia. Following the journey to Orinoco, birthplace of Evo, and meeting Evo and his family, the exhibition reflects the determination of the Indigenous people of Bolivia to maintain their traditional values. Included are: fifty-one framed silver gelatin and ultrachrome images; soundscape; interactive items to touch and smell; poetic prose.

Funder: Arts Queensland and Ian Potter Cultural Trust

Location: Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts

Shades of Grey

An exhibition highlighting attempts by residents of Brisbane’s West End to maintain their local identity. Included are: fourteen silver gelatin prints.

Funder: Brisbane Social Forum

Location: University of Queensland


One-month Arts Residency in Bolivia

Funder: Ian Potter Cultural Trust


West End – A Sense of Place

The exhibition examines anxiety caused by rapid urban development of the inner city suburb of West End, Brisbane. It celebrates the unique identity of the area and importance of belonging in “Place”. Included are: forty-three framed silver gelatin prints; seven collages; soundscape; interactive items to touch, taste and smell.

Funder: Arts Queensland

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Competitions and prizes

Environmental Photographer of the Year 2010, competition shortlisted, 4,500 entries from 97 countries

Epoch Times photography competition finalist, exhibited in New York

New Scientist Eureka Photography Competition, finalist photographic tour, Australia.

Locations: Australia Museum, Sydney; SciTech, Perth; QUESTACON, Canberra; The Australia Centre for Photography, Sydney; RMIT University, Melbourne

Selected Commissions and public collections

Commission to mentor emerging artists towards exhibition level

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – Museum nan Eilean – Acquisition of 5 photographs from Grounded  [Freumhaichte I Wadlu-gnana] for public collection

Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme. Photographic exhibition with sound and sculptural installation; Location: Isle of Bute converted boardroom space

Photography for Beyond the Boundary publication

Walking the Bridge, ABC Radio National, Australia, 50-minute feature production for ABC Radio National using sound and poetic prose from the Walking the Bridge exhibition

Photography for Walking West End, Queensland State Library Q150 celebrations

Photography for Communities of Faith Walking Together, (9 religions), Brisbane City Hall foyer banners and tour of regional libraries

Audiovisual, (still photography and sound) ASSIST – Choose Life, suicide awareness, Scotland

Audiovisual, (still photography and sound) Community Regeneration Conference, Scotland

Photography for Brisbane City Council, People displaced from their homes by the building of road tunnels

Photography for Brisbane City Council, Boarding house communities of Brisbane, Australia


Selected workshops, community arts projects and talks

Society for Photographic Education, New Orleans, and Bournemouth University of the Arts – Referenced in a talk by Professor Liz Wells, University of Plymouth, Professor of Photographic Culture

An lanntair Gallery, Stornoway: The Colour of Language, (view here) collaborative project with schools and An Lanntair Gallery to connect Australian Aboriginal and Scottish Gaelic children through language (inspired by the Grounded exhibition)

An Lanntair Gallery Stornoway: Saturday Art Club workshop based on Grounded (view here)

Gaelic Cultural space, Glasgow: In Conversation: Connecting through Culture, (view here) with Rona MacDonald Gaelic Arts producer and Craig Duggan, BBC Wales

BBC Radio Scotland, Voices of the Commonwealth (view here)

ABC Radio Western Queensland (view here)

Strathclyde University, Glasgow, artist talks: Grounded and Antarctica, A Place in the Wilderness

The Home and the World Arts Summit, Devon, England: Conference Paper with photographic retrospective

Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland: Artist talk on Antarctica arts residency

Flying Arts Workshop Facilitator at several locations around regional Queensland: Telling a story of community and place through photography and poetic prose

Griffith University QLD College of Art, Brisbane, Australia: Photographic concept development on place with talented youth

Brisbane City Council, Australia: Producer and facilitator for Eye-Pic; youth photography workshop series

Contact Inc., Brisbane, Australia: Co-facilitator for Community Cultural Development Facilitation Training

Queensland State Library: Panel guest speaker on connection to place and impact on community wellbeing using retrospective of photographic works

Mansfield, Victoria, Australia: Collaboration with Age Care facility and Mansfield Secondary College, to produce an audiovisual for the tourist information centre

St Joseph’s School, Blackall, Qld, Australia: Telling a story of community and place through photography

Glasgow Village Storytelling Centre: Photography and IT, reminiscence storytelling project facilitator

Thyngath Aboriginal Bush Art Camp to encourage language and cultural activity, working with Indigenous children using photography: Workshop facilitator for Primary Elder, Thancoupie

Mornington Peninsula Primary School, Vic, Australia: Telling a story of community and place through photography; workshops and artist talks

Gladstone SunFest, Qld, Australia: Working with teenagers in photography and poetic prose

Bouchat, Northern Cape, Australia: Photography workshop facilitator, Aboriginal Art Camp

Older Women’s Network, Brisbane, Australia: Guest speaker, Taking Better Photographs




ECSSARE method of group facilitation training

1999 – 2001

Brisbane Institute of Art Certificate in Fine Art


Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language, Edinburgh

1978 – 1982

Edinburgh University Honours Law Degree

Selected published works and reviews

Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Essays on Cities and Aging: Photographic illustration

Brisbane Ethnic Music and Arts Centre Magazine, Photo Essay

Big Issue Magazine, Photo Essay

National Maritime Museum, Sydney Australia, Signals magazine November 2012 Review of Antarctica – A Place in the Wilderness by Senior Curator, Lindsey Shaw

Geo Project Review of Antarctica – A Place in the Wilderness

Review of Antarctica – A Place in the Wilderness by Arts writer Jacqueline Murphy

Eyeline July 2003, Review of A Sense of Place

Selected Testimonials

“I have learned so much about the power of Place” Creative Generators participant, Brisbane

“What a truly wonderful project you have completed. I’m truly speechless and have tears in my eyes – and I love my hometown even more now!!” Mary-Jane Banks, Town Clerk, Canada

“This is amazing. I have been on the island for 12 years and you for 3 months, yet I have learned many things about it that I didn’t know before. Photographs and captions are lovely too. Such well caught images.” Anne Rado, local resident, Isle of Bute, Scotland

“Great tutoring; immense new outlook at photography; wonderful people and great patience with me. Always supporting, there was never a bad moment in the class. I look at the world in a whole different way now. It’s changed my life, the way I see everything.” Michael Muldoon, Reminiscence Programme, workshop participant, Glasgow, Scotland

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