Since the 1950’s leisure has remained a central life interest of the British population, contributing to society’s happiness levels. Leisure, which has been defined as ‘free-time’, can be divided into four sub-categories of activity – recreation, sport, tourism and passive leisure. The social anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski (1931) referred to leisure ‘as a creative element of culture wherein cultural progress may take place’. Alfred Kroeber (1952) furthers this theory by stating ‘leisure is a common context for cultural innovation and creativity’. With this is mind, I am keen to explore my artwork as a leisure pursuit and I, the artist as the service provider who facilitates cultural development for all participants involved.
I graduated in 2008 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, receiving a degree in Illustration. I currently live and work in Huntly in Aberdeenshire, with a studio at Tin Roof, Dundee. My collaborators include Fraser MacDonald, Sarah Messenger and I’m part of the artist group Now Now.