After I'd completed my City & Guilds Creative Design course, I became a member of The Small Group, based in Harrogate. The usual membership was about 8 and I was a member for 20 years - from 1991 to 2011. During this time we exhibited our work throughout the north of England:
Bradford Industrial Museum, The Manor House in Ilkley, the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesborough, the Discovery Centre Bishop Auckland, the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery as well as the Madeira Show when it was in Harrogate
In 2001 I became a founder member of the FUSION group of textile artists based around County Durham. This was always a larger group - over 12 members - and has featured an away weekend in the autumn of each year to indulge in developing design techniques with highly respected tutors. The rest of the year involves regular get togethers for support, mentoring and constructive criticism.
FUSION has exhibited at the Hancock Museum (as it was then) in Newcastle, the DLI in Durham, Hartlepool Art Gallery, Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Gallery 45 in Felton, Northumberland and at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally and Harrogate.
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In 2010 after my work had become more 'mixed media' I joined Interface Arts, and have been privileged to exhibit with a group of artists which includes painters, photographers, printers, ceramicists, felt-makers, and jewellery makers. We have taken over empty shops, as well as exhibiting in the Cathedral, the Cafe on the Green, the Nine Altars coffee shop, and Spennymoor Town Hall.
In 2017 we exhibited under the title 'First Class' at 'Locomotion', the Railway Museum in Shildon.