In 2016 I was selected as a Lucas Artist Fellow at Montalvo in California, USA and awarded a three month residency there.
During my residency (in Sept 2016, March & April 2017) I was looking at issues surrounding extreme weather and met with scientists at NASA, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. The outcome will be launched in spring 2018.
The research is supported by Arts Council England and Lancaster Arts.

Creating the Countryside: Thomas Gainsborough to Today
Compton Verney Art Gallery
18 March - 18 June 2017
11am - 5pm daily

I have three works in this exhibition curated by Dr Rosemary Shirley and Verity Elson.
Other artists include: John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, Grayson Perry, Ingrid Pollard, Stanley Spencer and Sigrid Holmwood.

Visit for more information, opening times and admission charges.

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My work features in the new book Creating the Countryside, The Rural Idyll Past and Present to accommpany the exhibition at Compton Verney.
Edited by Verity Elson and Dr Rosemary Shirley, Paul Holberton Publishing
ISBN 978 1 911300 10 6

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Regions of Light
Hestercombe Gallery
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset
18 March - 2nd July 2017

I have a number of works in this exhibition alongside Paul Desborough, Jem Southam and Rev. John Eagles

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Snapshot, Colours of the Brecon Beacons is now SOLD OUT!!!

Commissioned by Peak
Snapshot has been produced as a result of my residency in the Brecon Beacons National Park in winter 2015 / 16. The colour chart represents the complex relationships between ecology, geology, industry, history, culture, tourism and economics of the place.

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Curator Melissa Hinkin has written about the work I made while on the Peak residency
Click here to read The Scent of Fresh Mountain Dew...

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My work features in issue 10 of
CCQ Magazine.
Available from outlets including Arnolfini Bookshop, Ikon Shop, Henry Moore Institute, g39, Mission Gallery and White Cube Bookshop.
CCQ Magazine for a full list of stockists.

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One of my colourwheels from the Bronte Weather Project has been included in Dr Alexandra Harris
Weatherland, Writers and Artists Under English Skies book. Published by Thames and Hudson (£24.95)

More information here

Chesney Jane Eyre

On Being Out of Place: The Artwork of Rebecca Chesney written by Dr Rosemary Shirley, Senior Lecturer in Art History at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, is now online at The Double Negative

The Double Negative

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Particulate Matters

I have been commissioned to develop a new project by public art organisation
In Certain Places
I am looking at air quality and pollution and how pollution affects health and the environment.
This is a long term project and will run throughout 2015 - 2017

Particulate Matters website

In Certain Places

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Death by Denim
has been included in issue No.4 of Uniformagazine
Available now
32pp pamphlet
215 x 145mm

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Death by Denim was commissioned by The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with In Certain Places
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Invaders Archive
I am making an Invaders Archive. The archive will collect and hold information about invasive plant species and will cover subjects ranging from science and ecology to culture and folklore; human influence and climate change to art and design.
More information here