Biography

Born and bred in Kenya (’62), Fiona graduated with distinction in Fine Art, Sculpture from the Byam Shaw School of Art, London and later gained a PGCE at Exeter University.

“I am interested in the essence of life, the cyclical persistence and interconnectedness of the natural world, latent energy and vitalism. My mixed media sculptural works are often wrought as nest-like structures echoing universal primal forms in an apparent state of emergence, growth or metamorphosis.

I work in a linear way, constructing drawings in space. Instinctive building processes such as wrapping, weaving and layering become a form of 3d mark making. The raw energy, longevity and patinas of steel, copper and wire make an interesting connection with other found and recycled materials. I like the concept of reusing things, giving them a rebirth, and the playfulness of creating new forms from given shapes.”

Alongside her practice as an artist, Fiona teaches, runs public art projects and holds artist-in-residence posts, aiming to inspire the wider community.

Selected Exhibitions and Commissions

2016    Commissioned to create steel Bishop, Bishops Palace, Wells; commissioned by multi gold-award winning landscape designer Sarah Eberle FSGD to create focal piece for Viking Cruises Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show; Hidden Garden Art Show/Chelsea Fringe, Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London; Secret Swans Trail, Black Swan Arts, Frome; step in stone, Salisbury Arts Centre; Somerset Open Studios ’16; Quartz Festival ‘Outside In’, Taunton

2015     Commissioned, curated, managed Arts Council-funded project step in stone, artscapes in quarries, Somerset; Hidden Garden Art Show, Maureen Michaelson Gallery, London; GROW London; Art Parks International Sculpture Show, Guernsey; ‘Past, Present, Future’: SAW Projects Showcase, Bath; ‘Time and Place’, SAW, RUH, Bath; ‘Bristol Green Capital in the Frame’, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

2014     Outdoor Artist Programme Solo Exhibition & ‘Of Form And Texture’ Exhibition, Sidcot Arts Centre, Somerset; Voyages Commission & Solo Exhibition, Contains Art, Somerset; Hidden Garden Art Show, Chelsea Fringe, London; Art Parks International Sculpture Show, Guernsey; Glastonbury Abbey Summer Trail, Somerset; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL; Litterarti workshops & exhibition, Big Green Week, Bristol; ‘Second Time Around – The Hubcap As Art’ Landfillart Exhibition, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, USA

2013     Sidcot Open, Somerset; ‘The Birds and the Bees’, Ginger Fig Gallery, Taunton; ‘Art in the Gardens’, Landhydrock National Trust Estate, Cornwall; ‘All Wired Up’, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset; Delamore Arts, Devon; Artist on a Plinth, Black Swan Arts, Frome; Showborough House Sculpture Exhibition, Gloucestershire; The Sculpture Park, Surrey; First-View Gallery, Stourhead; ‘Salvage’, Architecture Centre, Bristol; Sustainability Show, Taunton; Evolver Prize ’13, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL; SAW/NGS Abundance Garden Trail Commission, Somerset; ‘Blurred Edges’, Walcot Chapel Gallery, Bath

2012     ‘Precious and Primal’, Solo Exhibition, Casespace, Bruton Museum; Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition, Frome; Delamore Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Devon; Sir Harold Hillier Art in the Garden, Hants; Green Capital Residency & Big Green Week Exhibition, Create Centre and Arnolfini harbour, Bristol; Reading Room, Arnolfini; The Sculpture Park, Surrey; Swans of Wells Project, Wells; Bishop’s Palace Summer Exhibition, Wells; Blue House Sculpture Exhibition, Frome; Rubbish Art Project, London; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL; Sculpture in the Gardens, Godinton House & Gardens, Kent; Binham Grange Summer Exhibition, Somerset; Quartz Arts Festival Exhibition, Taunton; Black Swan Arts SMALL Exhibition, Frome; Hip Hawker Project, Taunton

2011     Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; ‘Conjuring Colour from the Dark of Winter’, Blackmore Farm, Somerset; ‘Mystery and Mutability’, Bridgwater Arts Centre; Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Gloucestershire; Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; Site sculpture, Larmer Tree Festival, Dorset; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL; Commissioned to produce site-specific insect sculptures alongside family workshops, Stackpool Park, Kidderminster; Binham Grange Summer Art Show, Minehead; ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’, Stourhead NT Estate; Stoberry Park, Wells; Great Crane Project & Exhibition, Muchelney Abbey, Langport; Quartz Festival Art Exhibition, Taunton; Commissioned to create bat sculpture with community, Tamar Valley Centre, Cornwall

2010     Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey; ‘Celebration’, Air Gallery, Wells; Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Gloucestershire; Black Swan Arts Open Exhibition; Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Devon; ‘Nature’ at Octagon Gallery, Yeovil; ‘Treading Lightly’, Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL; ‘Joyride’, Hybrid Gallery, Honiton; The Binham Grange Summer Art Show, Minehead; Stourhead Gardens, Somerset; Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Carymoor Intergenerational Sculpture Project creating site-specific sculpture, Castle Cary; Recycled Sculpture Project creating giant 5m Spider, Glastonbury Festival

2009     Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London; Sir Harold Hillier Art in the Garden, Hants; Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Devon; Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL; ‘Animal, Mineral, Vegetable’ Solo Exhibition, La Strada Gallery, Frome; Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon; Fire and Iron Gallery, Surrey; commissioned to produce 7 large sculptures for Dobbies Garden World, Somerset

2008     Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street; ‘Beaks, Tails, Paws and Claws’, Delamore Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Devon; ‘Khulla Dhoka’ Exhibition, Royal Overseas League, London

1993     Merz Contemporary Art Gallery, London; Tobacco Art Gallery, London

1992     World Wildlife Fund Environmental Sculpture Exhibition, Millbank, London; South London Art Gallery, London; ‘Art in the Park’, Essex; Gagliardi Gallery, London

1991     Doors of the Earth’, Brighton; North Street Studios Exhibition, London

Residencies

2012     Green Capital Artist Residency, Create Centre, Bristol; Swans of Wells Artist in Residence, All Hallows Prep School, Somerset

2009     Artist-in-residence, All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset

1990-92  Artist-in-residence & Sculpture Technician, Kensington and Chelsea College and Westminster Adult Education Institute, London

Awards

2014     Environmental Award, Devon Recycled Sculpture TRAIL

2012     Highly commended for Green Capital Residency, Bristol’s Big Green Week

2011     Prizewinner Atkinson Gallery Summer Show, Street

2009     3-d Winner of Wildlife Artist of the Year ’09 Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Education

2016     MA Fine Art (p/t), Bath Spa University (ongoing)

1994     PGCE – Art, Secondary, Exeter University, Devon

1987     Fine Art, SculptureDistinction, Byam Shaw School of Art, London

1981    Foundation Art – Merit, West Sussex College of Art & Design

Teaching

2008-16 Teacher of Art (p.t. – extra curricular)), All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset

2006-10 NADFAS Young Arts School Organiser, Somerset

2000-09 Teacher of Art, Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, Somerset

1994-99 Teacher of Art, Churchill Community School, Churchill, Bristol

Collections

Royal Overseas League, London; Wyre Forest Valley Council, Worcestershire; Tamar Valley Centre, Cornwall; Carymoor Environmental Centre, Somerset; Dobbies, Somerset; Exeter University, Devon; All Hallows Preparatory School, Somerset; Landfillart Reclamation Project, USA; private collections

Selected Films, Presentations & Publications

step in stone film & catalogue ‘15; Of Form And Texture Exhibition ’14; Common Threads Ignite Somerset ’13; Scraptors at Stourhead 2011; SAW Presentation; Abundance Art in the Garden ’13; Landfillart – 1041 Hubcaps as Art; Summers Place/Sotheby’s catalogue ’12; Spaeda Featured Artist ’10; BBC website ’10; Somerset Life Featured Artist ’09; Gagliardi’s British Contemporary Art ’91

Group Memberships & Voluntary posts

SAW Rep for East Mendip, Gallery4Art, BANA, SPAEDA. Trustee of Black Swan Arts, Frome