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Curriculum Vitae



ART AND STORYTELLING - with Abbotsford House and Cornerstone Project - a mixed- media environmental project with adults with learning disabilities, over 5 weeks. ‘Aberdeen Arts Across Learning Festival’, with 4x primary schools, Aberdeen.

STORYTELLING- ‘Scottish International Storytelling Festival’, Galashiels library. ‘Halloween’ at Traquair'. ‘Traquair Fair’. Park Hotel, Peebles. Traquair’s ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’.

As ~Mistress Quill~ Storytelling and Quill Art, for Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme- ‘C.A.R.S’ - an extended project, working with 6 x primary schools in Selkirk area. Storytelling and Quill art, Selkirk Library. Traquair ‘Medieval Fayre’.

STORYTELLING AND SONG: ‘Luminate Creative Ageing Festival’, Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. ‘Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought’, story walk- Traquair House. ‘Wilsons Tales Project’, Town Hall, Berwick -on -Tweed.

ART- workshops for Eastgate Theatre’s October Festival- ‘Imaginarium’, Peebles. ARTSPARKS-weekly classes for ‘Engage project’ at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

Little Art House- open studio during summer months, Traquair.

Published: ‘Tibbie Fowler’, retold for ‘Wilsons Tales project-edition 2’.

Fisher Lassies’ singing at: WW1 event, Peebles . Glenfarg Folk Club, Perthshire. Innerleithen Music Festival. Edinburgh ‘Fringe’- (A.M.C. sell out). Yarrow Village Hall.

Seasonal guide at Traquair House.

Museum Project Assistant, Scottish Borders Council.


STORYTELLING AND ART: ‘Commonwealth project’, Burnfoot community centre, Hawick. ‘Bygone Borders ’at the ‘Haining Heritage Fair’, Selkirk.

STORYTELLING: For ‘Wilderness Scotland’ at Abbotsford House. ‘The Glorious Half- Mile to Holyrood,’ Museum of Edinburgh (Scottish International Storytelling Festival). Halloween Tales at Traquair House. ‘Beyond Beer Festival,’ Traquair House. ‘World Book Day’, St. Ronan’s Primary school.

As Mrs Oakley- ‘visitor from the past’ schools visits-Abbotsford House. Candle-lit tour, Halloween, Abbotsford House. ‘Abbotsford Arrow’- Family Day, Abbotsford House.

As ~Mistress Quill~ ‘Bannockburn’ at Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Borders Book Festival, ‘Abbey Day’, Melrose. ‘Medieval Fayre’, Traquair House. Eddlestone Primary school, storytelling and quill art.

Quill- art and writing workshop: ‘Melrose Abbey Family Day’.

STORYTELLING AND SONG: ‘Tales that Inspired Sir Walter Scott’, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh. ‘Wilsons Tales Project’, Paxton House, Berwickshire. ‘Stories of Sir Walter Scott, songs by Fisher Lassies’, the Gordon Arms, Yarrow, Scottish International Storytelling Festival. ’Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought', storytelling walk, Traquair House.

ART: ‘Fragments’ Accross arts project, Melrose Abbey. Mixed-Media exhibition at Melrose Parish Church.

Little Art-House: open studio during summer.

Fisher Lassies’ singing at: ‘Foodbank’, Peebles. ‘Innerleithen Music Festival’. ‘Edinburgh Fringe’, Acoustic Music Centre, (sell out). ‘Aberdour Arts Festival’, St. Fillan’s Church, Fife.

Museum Project Assistant, S.B.C: Auditing collections and W.W.1 exhibition.

Seasonal Tour Guide, Traquair House.


STORYTELLING- commissioned by Abbotsford House Trust to design and deliver a 3 day storytelling, art and story-making project for Tweedbank Primary school. This transition project linked Abbotsford’s grounds, Scott’s work, and tree folklore.

Commissioned by Abbotsford House Trust to develop a new, Regency -Era storytelling character. ‘Mrs Oakley’ will deliver storytelling and art workshops for educational visits to Sir Walter Scott’s Home and collection.

~MISTRESS QUILL~ ‘Medieval Fayre’ at Traquair House. Borders Book Festival – Melrose ‘Abbey’s Day’, for Historic Scotland.

Traquair Fair’ at Traquair House, Peeblesshire. ‘The Wilson Project’: Paxton House, Berwickshire. Scottish Storytelling Festival: Longformaccus, Berwickshire.

ART- open studio, Little Art House, Traquair. Exhibition: ‘Friends in November’- Penicuik Arts Association.

Museum project assistant: auditing, and delivering schools programme.

Care assistant –adults with learning disabilities.

Singing with ‘Fisherlassies’


STORYTELLING: ’Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards’, telling to around 600 nursery-p/3 age schoolchildren in the nine schools of the Hawick catchment area.

Family Weekend’ for Royal National Institute for the Blind, ‘‘Borders Books and Bikes’, at Traquair House. ‘Scottish Storytelling Festival’. ‘The Kelso Project’ with Ednam and Sprouston Primary Schools.

~MISTRESS QUILL ~ storytelling and art with St Ronan’s and Heriot Primary Schools. ‘ Melrose Abbey Day’, for Historic Scotland. ‘Scottish Book Week’ at Melrose Library, and ‘The Heritage Hub’, Hawick, combining writing workshop with adults. Award: Research and Development Grant for Mistress Quill from ‘Enterprise Music Scotland’.

ART: Mosaic school project creating permanent feature with pupils at Hawick High School.

Giants in the Forrest’ project, mask making at Bowhill House, and singing at Glentress forest.

The Big Draw’ at Jedburgh Abbey, for Historic Scotland, with adults with learning disabilities, and primary schoolchildren.

Museum project assistant: Art Odessey, schools programme.

Care assistant, Victoria Park Centre.

Singing with ‘The Fisherlassies’


Myths and Legends’: St Ronan’s Wells Interpretive Centre, Innerleithen.

Peebles Arts Festival.

Borders Book Festival, Melrose, with Borders Sculptors.

Little Art House’, open studio, at Traquair House.


ART: Freelance for ‘Chalkworks’, 9x low relief panels cut for external paving at the New Museum of Transport, Glasgow.

Mosaic: school project creating permanent art feature with St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen.

STORYTELLING: events with ‘Abbey Day’ at Melrose Abbey, for Historic Scotland, ‘Borders, Books and Bikes’, at Traquair House, for Royal National Institute for the Blind, A.G.M, ‘National Tell A Story Day’, ‘Dark Tales for Dark Nights’, ceiligh at Little Art House, Traquair.

Museum Project Assistant:’ Mini Beasts’, schools programme.

Care Assistant: Victoria Park Centre

Singing with ‘The Fisherlassies’


solo show: ‘About Face,’ paintings and drawings at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, High St. Edinburgh .
CABN/ Creative Scotland Visual Artist Award



  •  Art: working for forthcoming solo show in Edinburgh.  
  • Storytelling: ‘Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards’  -nursery-p/3 aged children. In six days over six weeks, I  visited eight schools, travelled 500 miles, and told stories to 680 children in  Hawick area schools, Borders.   
  • Events at Melrose Abbey: storytelling in conjunction with Borders Book Fair, for Historic Scotland. Borders, Books and Bikes, Traquair House. Langlee Primary School, Galashiels. Halloween at Traquair House.
  • Storytelling and Art:  weekly  project over 29 weeks,  with adults with learning disibilities, Victoria Park Centre, Peebles.
  • Museum Project Assistant: 'Ancient Egyptians', visiting schools programme. Project development on Neidpath Castle Medieval Event, Peebles. High Street, reminiscence project
  • Care Assistant-relief staff: Victoria Park Centre.



  • 'Little art house’: open studio at Traquair House, Borders. ongoing.
  • ‘Flux’, Leith.

  • Gallery 4‘, St Abbs, Borders





  • Took on studio workshop: in grounds of Traquair House, ‘little art house’
  • Teaching: art portfolio workshops with advanced Higher students, Melrose Abbey.
  • Storytelling and Art: project with adults with learning disibilities, Victoria Park Centre, and Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.
    ‘Quest seekers’ Borders Art Development programme, Innerleithen, Jedburgh, Kelso and Selkirk libraries.
  • Storytelling: events at Bowhill, Selkirk. Traquair House, Castlecraig hospital, Trinity school, Hawick. St Ronans interpretive centre, Innerleithen.
  • Museum Project Assistant: Scotland Rocks, geology exhibition programme.
  • Waitress, 1745 tearoom, Traquair



  • Visual Art Scotland: City Art Centre, Edinburgh. Awarded 'Powderhall Bronze' prize.




  • Storytelling: events at Traquair House, Innerleithen. Bowhill Theatre, Selkirk. Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. Schools, Borders. St. Ronans Wells, Innerleithen. Smails, Innerleithen. Scottish Storytelling centre, Edinburgh.
  • Residency at Carlisle University under AA2A scheme, bronze casting.
  • Project based artwork at Victoria Park centre, Peebles.
  • Museum project assistant, ‘Power of the Press’, 500 years of printing in Scotland.
  • Painting commission, portrait, private
  • continuing to develop artwork and storytelling.


  • Borders Sculptors at Inverewe botanical gardens, Highlands
  • Borders Sculptors at Priorwood Garden, Melrose, Borders.
  • Mixed exhibition, Gallery 4, St Abbs, Borders.




  • Public Sculpture Commission: ‘Dwellings’, coppiced and woven willow.- site specific sculpture and residency, community element. Wooplaw Woods ,Lauder, Scottish Borders
  • Stone sculpture symposium, the 'Clach'- Kelburn Castle. Argyle and Bute.
  • Mural commission.’ The Doo Well’, designed and painted well head, St Ronans Wells, Innerleithen. Featured on ‘BeechgroveGardens’, Tern T.V. and in ‘D.G.B. Life’ Magazine.
  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks’, Edinburgh.
  • Teaching: stone carving workshops at Carlisle university.
  • Storytelling . Aberdeen Storytelling and theatre Festival. Outsider Festival, Aviemore. Honey festival, Innerleithen. Duns Castle, wedding party. Bowhill House, Selkirk. Various School visits in Borders and Edinburgh. Peebles and Selkirk Libraries.
  • Artfull’ -space for stories-mental health and well being pilot project. Herdman Flat Hospital, East Lothian (national initiative between Scottish Executive and Scottish Arts Council)
  • Art+ Storytelling City Art Centre Edinburgh. National Library of Scotland, with Marion Kenny. Edinburgh.
  • Museum Project Assistant, ‘Ecce Romani’ Romans in Scotland


  • ‘Faces, Places and more Besides‘, 2 person show, with K., McQueenie,Old Gala House, Galashiels.
  • Flat Cat gallery- mixed show, Lauder




  • Painting Commission-,joint with Kenneth McQueenie.- to design and paint narrow boat, ’Heironymous Peypes’ afloat the Oxford Canal.
  • Art+ storytelling; ‘The big Draw’, National museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. ‘Travellers Tales’, Chambers Institute, Peebles. ‘Green Man’ mask-making and stories, Chambers Institute, Peebles,
  • Environmental art project: Victorian Town Walk , Innerleithen. For S.B.C. museums service.
  • Storytelling, Aberdeen Storytelling and theatre Festival Duthie Park. Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival, the Netherbow Theatre, and various schools in Edinburgh and Borders. Events for Borders Forrest Trust, and Wolfglen Tipis.
  • Museum Project Assistant, ‘The Guid Scots Diet’.



  • His’n’ Hers’ , 2 person show, with K. McQueenie, Old Gala House, Galashiels
  • Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder;
  • McHardy’s Gallery, Peebles,
  • Penicuik Arts Centre,
  • Chapel st. Gallery, Innerleithen, -mixed shows.




  • Invited to join the Scottish Storytellers Directory, as accredited storyteller in the aural tradition.
  • Project-Based: Elements’ D.V.D, art and music project with Drake Music, and centre users at Victoria Park. Premiered at Eastgate Theatre Peebles.
  • Environmental Art and history. Town walk, Peeles. S.B.C. museums service. ’Into the Woods’ Innerleithen and Walkerburn, schools, Borders Forest Trust.
  • Teaching Art class, Innerleithen
  • Freelance Sculptural for Chalkworks, Edinburgh.
  • Storytelling and Art :’Children 1st‘, Edinburgh. ’Out of the woods’ Borders Forest Trust, Peebles. ‘Travellers tales‘, and ’Bairns’, , S.B.C museums service, Peebles. ’Green Man’ stories and mask making, S.B.C. museums, Peebles.
  • Storytelling: Aberdeen Storytelling and Theatre Festival. Liberton community festival, Edinburgh, for ’Wolfglen Tipis‘. ‘Hands on Archaeology’ day, Glentress Forrest. St. Ronans school, and st Ronans residential home, Innerleithen. ‘Storyteller for the Day,’ Netherbow, Edinburgh.
  • Appointed Museum Project Assistant, part time post with Museum and Galleries service, Borders, ongoing.


  • Thirlstane Castle, Lauder
  • Chapel st gallery, Innerleithen
  • Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder. Mixed shows.




  • Artwork Published ‘Tweed Rivers’ -in anthology of new work by artists and writers inspired by the Tweed and tributaries. publishers
  • Teaching Stone -carving , public w/shops, Coldstream Museum. Slide lecture, Galasheils Studio Club,
  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks‘, Edinburgh.
  • Project based Environmental Art project , Peebles , S.B.C. museums service. Liberton Carnival, mask-making w/shops, for ‘Wolfglen Tipis‘.
  • Storytelling: St Ronans Primary School, Innerleithen. Borders community Orchestra, Selkirk and Kelso. Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, storytelling and craft w/shops for ‘Wolfglen Tipis’.


  •  Invited Artist, Studio Club Annual show, Old Gala House, Galasheils.
  • Stoneworks, Coldstream Museum. Mixed shows.




  • Illustrations published in ‘Organic Way’ horticultural magazine, H.Y.D.R.A.
  • Project-based: Art workshops with centre users to create Mural, Victoria Park centre, Peebles. Environmental art project at st.Ronans Wells Interpretive centre, Innerleithen, S.B.C.museums service.
  • Craft workshops: Liberton Gala day, Ocean Terminal and the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh; and Jedburgh Jail, for ‘Wolfglen Tipis’
  • Freelance Sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks’, Edinburgh.
  • Storytelling: Thornilee forest.



  • Gallery 83, Banff, Aberdeenshire.
  • The Wynd gallery, Melrose.
  • The Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder, Mixed shows.




  • Art:’ Field of Scarecrows’ artwork for c.d cover, Carnyx & co. Slide lectures, Peebles Art club, and Fortwilliam art club, under S.A.C. scheme.
  • Freelance sculptural work for ’Chalkworks’ Edinburgh.
  • Craft workshops, at Liberton carnival, and Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, for ‘Wolfglen Tipis’



  • Sacred and Profane’, Clocktower Group show, the Picture Gallery, Peebles.
  • Christmas show, with Kenneth McQueenie, Penicuik Arts Association.




  • Public Sculpture Commission, the’Pirn Project’, completed and installed on hill fort in Innerleithen. Open studio days,and schools visits. Public ’Opening’ celebration featured on regional T.V. Border News.




  • Public sculpture commission: Pirn Hill , Innerleithen. Seven bass relief panels designed, and carved in sandstone. Commissioned by Scottish Borders Council and Tweed Interpretation Project.
  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks’, Edinburgh.



  • Sculpture in the Sun’, Teviot Water Gardens, Jedburgh.
  • Flat cat Gallery, Lauder.
  • Clocktower Group, Peebles Arts Festival.
  • Christmas show, Blackwood Gallery, Hawick.




  • Painting Commission, to design and paint ‘Heironymous Peypes‘, a long boat, afloat Oxford Canal. Joint project with Kenneth McQueenie.
  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks, for Wallace Monument, ‘T’ in the Park, and Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Lanterns commissioned by Carnyx& co, Gala Concert, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. Lantern making workshops for charity ,‘CHAS’.



  • Clocktower Group, Chambers Institute, Peebles.




  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks’, Edinburgh, Croyhill altar, and coins, N.M.S.
  • Artwork for C.D.cover, Carnyx& co.
  • Lanterns for Storytelling event, the Netherbow, Edinburgh.



  • ‘Women Artists‘,Phobe Anna Traquair benefit show, Edinburgh.




My Son was born.


  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalkworks’, Edinburgh.
  • Project Development worker, p/t , for ‘Enlighten, Action for Epilepsy’, Edinburgh.




  • Public Sculpture Commissioned, ’Souvenir’, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Freelance sculptural work with ‘Chalkworks, Edinburgh.
  • Assistant Manager, Y.M.C.A, Penicuik, Midlothian.




  • 36 Illustrations for children’s book ‘Maxwell’ by Patsy Dyer, seeking publication.
  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalk and Grime’
  • Post Graduate certificate in Community Education, (part time) Moray House, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh.



  • ’Flesh and Blood’, Lancaster.




  • Freelance sculptural work, ‘Chalk and Grime’, figures for castles, visitor centres, and British Rail.
  • Tactile, sensory environment, Installation created during residency at Woodlands Special School, Aberdeen.
  • Lantern -making and parade, with Unemployed Workers Centre, Native Festival, Aberdeen.



  • Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Academy, Edinburgh
  • Uttershill Castle Exhibition, Penicuik
  • Penicuik Arts association Annual Show.




  • Artist -in Residence in Midlothian, developed practical classes for ages 8-80,exhibitions, community arts and performance projects included Hobby Horses for Bonnyrigg gala day and collaboration on ‘Crystal Cracker’, a mixed ability interagency pantomime in Dalkeith.
  • Teaching, painting and drawing , summer school, Lancaster University.
  • Stone Carving public workshops, animated trail, with’ Company of the Imagination‘., Alston, Cumbria.
  • Freelance sculptural work for ‘Chalk & Grime‘, environmental artists.
  • Fire sculptures and drumming with Test Department, Beltane celebration, Carlton Hll, Edinburgh.



  • Penicuik Arts Centre, Canal Centre, Ratho.
  • Native Gallery, Aberdeen.
  • SOLO: ‘Start to Finish’- documentary of residency. Dalkieth, and toured Midlothian. ( supported by Scottish Arts Council and Midlothian District council)




Moved to Scotland


  • Arts Worker with Ethnic Minorities, (p/t) Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh.
  • Performing, drama and community arts projects, able bodied and special needs groups. Constructed tactile music-sound environment , Royal School for the Blind.
  • Freelance set design, Theatre in Education and various small shows,
  • Tactile, Sensory Environment, installation created at Westerlie School, Scottish Council for Spastics, Edinburgh.
  • Lantern Making workshops and parade, pilot for ‘Glasgow all Lit up’, Drumchapple, Glasgow. For Welfare State International.
  • Teaching: art, at Moorehouse School for maladjusted children, Bathgate. (part time)
  • Celebratory Arts- attended Summer school of Welfare State International, Functional Arts; performance, pyrotechnics, puppetry, lanterns…(part funded by Theatre Workshop and Scottish Arts Council).



  • Prehistory to Contemporary’, The Young Artists Club, Budapest, Hungary British Women Artists Diary Exhibition’ York Festival. ’
  • Felicity Bowers and Mary Kenny ‘at ‘The Edge’, Bath.




  • Public Sculpture, ’Souvenir of Tomorrow’ site-specific monumental work created during two summers invitation to the International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Villanyi, Hungary. ( approx. 2.3m.h, 10m diameter, 60 tonnes) Travel funded by British Council.
  • Fire and music spectacle created for closing of Symposium. Joint prize winner.
  • Freelance stone carving and restoration.
  • Props for Natural Theatre co. ,Bath.
  • Teaching: stone carving workshops at ‘Changing Places’ and ‘Access‘, Bristol.
  • Visiting lecturer at Gloucester, Cheltenham and North Staffordshire Colleges of Art.



  • The Hannah Pechar Gallery, Surrey.
  • Camden Arts Centre, London.
  • Alternative Contemporary Arts Fair’, Assembly Rooms, Bath.
  • Contemporary British Women Artists’ Gunnersbury Park, London.




  • Public Sculpture’ Flying the Kite’, site specific sculpture, created during Stone Sculpture Symposium, Isle of Portland, Dorset. (approx. 2.3m.h, 3.2m x 1.2m).
  • Site Specific commission, ‘Big Grinning Fish’, Atsitsa, Skyros, Greece
  • Teaching: stone carving project with ‘approved teenagers’, Y.T.S. Bristol. Women’s Road show, Bath Technical college.
  • Public carving workshops accompanying Exhibition, Wales.
  • Freelance stone carving restoration and masonry
  • Studio Burnt Down.



  • SOLO: The Cross Community Centre, Pontardawe, Wales.( sponsored by Welsh Arts Council)
  • Central Gallery, Bath, Cleveland Gallery, Bath, Neville Gallery, Bath.
  • Journey of a kind’, Bristol Cathedral.
  • Civic Centre, Southampton, Dorset.
  • Witches’ King St. Gallery, Bristol.



  • First Sculpture commissions.
  • Freelance in stone carving and restoration trade. Various jobs including finials, spires, architectural details, fireplaces and mullion windows, cornices, capitals, bosses etc.
  • Crockets for St. Giles Cathedral. Edinburgh.
  • Conservation volunteer, West Front, Wells Cathedral. Somerset.
  • Plaster technician, Bath Academy of Art.


  • Festival Gallery, Bath,
  • Walcot Reclamation, Bath.





  • 1993-1995: Post graduate certificate in community education.( part time). Moray House Institute, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
  • 1980-1981:Apprenticeship training: Barry Baldwin & co. Bristol, as stone carver and restoring mason. ( awarded grant for tools from C.O.S.I.R.A)
  • 1977-1980: Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire. 2.1(hons), Fine Art Sculpture.
  • 1975-1977:Bournville School of Art and Crafts, Birmingham. General and foundation course.
  • Born Birmingham, 1959.



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