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“ Using Art as the vehicle to deliver Environmental awareness. ”

My work is inspired by the dynamics of light and colour, and the effect on ones sensory perception and environment. Exploring the boundaries between art, science and technology.

I have produced 2D and 3D works, using a range of disciplines from painting, sculpture, installation to video. Delivering projects that stimulate the senses, touching on social, environmental, economic and cultural issues. Working together with organisations, communities and individuals to create positive change globally. Exploring materials and techniques that have a low impact on the environment, using natural materials with new technologies.

Other works have included designing in-door and out-door environments, incorporating sensory and ecological themes. My motivation is about encouraging awareness of our environment and how we as individuals relate to it.

I have facilitated workshops for various community groups, in and out of formal establishments.

My work can be viewed in locations in the UK and abroad.

Using Art, Science and Technology as the vehicle to deliver Environmental Awareness.



Environmental Educational projects in India Bodhgaya, Bihar 

2011-2017 Zero waste Initiatives; Introducing Ubuntu-blocs technology, transforming plastic pollution into building blocks to construct earthquake resilient builds. Training and development at local level.  


           


2010-2015 Tree planting 

           

Schools in Bodhgaya


Reducing Plastic Pollution Campaign

On 1st November 2010, as part of the campaign to raise awareness about the disposable plastic ban in the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.

Sacred Earth Trust, an environmental NGO facilitated workshops in a school for Dalit Children to make placards displaying the message "WE VOTE NO TO DISPOSABLE PLASTICS".

There were over 200 school children and 200 young monks from Tergar Monastery who participated in the day's procession.

 




The children are the future......



There were examples displayed of alternative solutions to disposable plastics such as cloth bags, clay cups and leaf plates to replace the plastic and polystyrene products used daily

for offerings by the visitors and pilgrims to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is said to be the place where Buddha gained enlightenment.

In collaboration with Iris Cheung from Greenpeace International, Jean Amitabh School and Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya.


Women are at the centre of the movement ......



The surrounding villages of Bodhgaya are also affected by the waste pollution on the land, air and water.


The women are at the centre of the domestic and community activities. Since October 2010, their involvement in reducing the plastic pollution on the land has played a major role in

mobilising the local communities. The plastic ban has been participated by many of the Buddhist groups who annually put on events at the Mahabodhi Temple. Through international

and local groups support there has been a reduction of at least 50,000 cloth bags to date. At the same time reducing the impact of plastic pollution on the surrounding land, providing

opportunities for training to village groups of women and youths, sustainable incomes and a product which covers the.....


4 R's- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


Green School Program 2010- 2014

Teacher Training: environmental education, social engagement and practical action



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Teacher training program delivered over 4 years for over 30 teachers each year from over 16 schools in and around BodhGaya participated and have begun to form the

Green Schools network. Creative Learning and interactive methods were introduced for engaging and delivering information to students. Discussion and team-building

exercises were part of the two days activities.

Topics covered: WASTE, WATER, ENERGY, TRANSPORT, BIODIVERSITY. Eco-clubs were developed and vegetables, trees planted within schools.

The Earth Charter Initiative and 16 principles were introduced as a support for the work ahead and a point of reference beyond religion, colour, creed and genda. 

www.sacredearthtrust.org 



Connections with Himalayan communities ....


Gangyap School, Eco group workshops Sikkim 2010 

Workshops with students from Gangyap school situated in a remote rural part of West Sikkim. Practical exercises and discussion exploring the topic of sustainability and climate change.

The students used their knowledge to engage in practical action within the community.


Ralang Monastery, Sikkim 2009

Workshops were held for the monks and nuns in a remote mountain area, in the west side of Sikkim. Topics covered Climate Change, looking at cause and effects and practical action on

waste management and segregation methods. There were two environmental groups formed consisted of 18 nuns and around 15 monks.




Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya- Environmental Education 2008

There were around 35 monks in total living in the monastery. They had traveled from Nepal to study and to be residents in Bodh Gaya. 

The workshops were mainly on Climate chnage the cause and effects of global warming, and the solutions based locally.

The project over a 3 month period covered practical exercises on waste management, pollution, water issues, local biodiversity, growing seeds, clean up activities and making garbage enzyme.

Art and science was applied to deliver  the information where it was appropriate.


Learning

Cleaning up

Planting seeds



Maitreya Project, Bodh Gaya 2007

Training for 8 youths on the cause and effects of Climate Change and potential solutions. Kinectic sculptures. Workshops with younger years in school to prepare them for more social engagement

activities in outreach village areas surrounding Bodhgaya.



"Water" Fremington School 2007

Elephant Rainwater collection with Solar powered pump

The water project consisted of a series of workshops on water collection, filtration, rejuvenation and the effects of Climate Change. Biodiversity in India was explored as the cultural theme.

The whole school was involved in the process of designing, group work and making. This resulted in a rain harvester with a slow sand filter in the shape of an elephant, flow forms made from old

car types and the water was circulated by being pumped with a solar powered pump.



"Footprint"- Broomhill Art Hotel and Marwood School 2007

Prayer wheels


Introduction to the project started with Climate change workshops, leading into design your own sustainable community, transferring into 3D models, and Haiku poetry on the environmental Issues,

cause and effects and solutions. These works of poetry were then installed into the prayer wheels as part of an exhibition in Broomhill Sculpture Garden. The exhibition was about the human impact

on the environment. It was situated in a woodland area of the grounds, and a total of 58 prayer wheels made from recycled oil drums were installed.



"Weaving the Wish" Blue Coat Nursery School 2006

Pom pom fairies

The workshops were designed for Early years engagement with their parents. the final works were exhibited as part of a permanent display in the reception atrium.



"Into the Wilderness", The National Trust Prior Park, Bath 2005

Interpretation signage

Commissioned to create interpretation works of the wilderness restoration project for exhibit in the park. A participatory project involving year 10 pupils of Prior Park College and Twerton primary

year 2 classes. Exploring the wilderness area, shell grotto, gothic temple, cascade and serpentine lake. Worked in collaboration with the fellow artist, Simon Jury to create an interpretation window,

sensory walk through the environment, flags, mosaic bench incorporating sound and large colourful display boards.


Oaktree Nursery 2005

Artworks made to improve the garden areas and engaging staff and parent participation.



Cow Green Community Eco-Garden 2004

Working in partnership with Trans-send Ltd, an environmental organisation. They have the lease of an half acre piece of land which they aim to transform into a community eco-garden.

I was commissioned to design the contemplative area, which is situated in the central location, on a raised plateau. I proposed to invite community involvement through making art workshops

accessible to various areas within the community. Another part of the project is to create an interactive sculpture to be powered by solar panels.



Tiles 2004



Hempcrete making 2004

Youth engagement in community art project. Making hempcrete blocks as part of a bench installation in a public space.



Bath Fringe Festival, Walcot 2004 

Bath Fringe festival, painting workshop theme of "community, love and cooperation". Participation from all age groups from the community.



Studio 6 & Delhi slums 2005


Cultural Liason officer.  Working with an architect specialising in vernacular structures and in developing countries. Research and participatory workshops in five slums in South Delhi.

There were 20 international architectural students participating in the research and design process. Sustainable solutions and eco-technologies were introduced at the design stage

and displayed in the slum areas to gain feedback on their requirements before any actual agreements and practical implementation was made.




Tulsi Trust, Chattisgarh 2003


Introducing Solar power as a concept through art activities. Providing solar power for emergency use. Facilitating workshops in Mural painting, mobile making and building a solar water fountain.

Children aged 4-11yrs. School is situated in Bengladeshi refugee area. Lead a team of artists.

Making links with schools in UK. Working in partnership with The Tulsi Trust. Sourced British Council funding for materials.


Hewlett Packard Lab Bristol & St Gregorys Catholic College 2002

Artist in residence in St Gregorys Catholic College, worked with 10 pupils and Hewlett Packard Lab to design and create a virtual game. Using sound-scapes and latest technology to program

a digital space. Facilitated workshops in school for making Visual props, sounds and brainstorming for the story of the game.

The project at HP lab ran for a day. The children and myself worked with a team of researchers and technicians from HP and other organisations to create the game. The children learnt to use the

latest technology to program the digitally mapped out space, whilst I helped orchestrate the sounds, organize the visual props and generally co- ordinated and liased between different participants.

The project was a success, as far as learning curves for all participants concerned. HP decided to keep the game on site to explore the possibilities for their research, as they were impressed by the

ingenuity of the children’s ideas.