I grew up in South Africa, completing a traditional BA Fine Art degree with majors in Classics, Drawing, History of Art and Printmaking in 1998. I moved to London and completed a MA Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art in 2004. Printmaking is my primary medium, and my subject matter is personal and expressive. My links to Africa are the foundation of most of my work – the magic in retelling stories through my personal mythology in a world that seems to have buried and is in conflict with the archetypal and awe-inspiring truth that has haunted our existence through the ages and is dealt with in stories, folktales, myths and legends – all of which still resonate with us today.

Education Background
Masters – Printmaking (2002 – 2004)
Camberwell College of Arts, London

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art – First Class Honours (1995 – 1998)
University of Natal, South Africa
Majored in Printmaking, Drawing, Classics and History of Art

Awards

‘Leader’s Civic Award’ (2022)
Nominated and won award for contribution to arts and culture in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Presented by Leader of the Council -Grace Williams. London Borough of Waltham Forest

‘Culture Star’ (2017)
Nominated and won award for contribution to arts and culture in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Presented by Leader of the Council Clare Coghill. London Borough of Waltham Forest

‘Art in the Community’ (2010)
Presented by Rt. Hon. David Milliband, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Award for contributions towards community arts engagement

Dean’s Commendation (1998)
University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

First – Merit Award for Printmaking (1998)
University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

First – Merit Award for Painting and Printmaking (1996)
University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Experience

Inky Cuttlefish Studios (2007 – ongoing)
Co-founder and Director of printmaking studio, includes project management, curating exhibitions, workshop delivery and consultant in our studios in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, London. Printmaking facilitator for a variety of schools, groups, colleges, businesses and international organisations. Deliver adult workshops in relief printing, intaglio and screenprinting techniques.

Gnome House CIC (2013 – ongoing)
Director of community creative space in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, London. Programming activities and events including running a youth club, Ratpack, which was nominated for a Creative Lives National Award in 2021.

William Morris Gallery Learning Programme (Jun 2012 – ongoing)
Walthamstow, Artist Facilitator
Development and delivery of ‘Artist-Led’ printmaking sessions for schools, colleges, univsersities and special groups visiting the gallery. Working with Waltham Forest Cultural Education Partnership -have completed Bronze and Silver Arts Award Advisor training and delivered sessions to a wide variety of groups to enable completing both Silver and Bronze Arts Award.

Borough of Culture 2019
Delivering printmaking projects

Old Royal Naval College – Maritime Museum (Nov 2017)
Commissioned to create artwork to be printed by visitors to the Painted Ceilings and Halls – The Royal Naval College’s Late Night event. Created etched plates of queens and goddesses and delivered the workshop in November 2017.

Walthamstow Garden Party (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Commissioned to create artwork to be printed by local community. Working William Morris Gallery, Barbican London and Create. Delivering community printmaking arts engagement workshops to 500+ participants celebrating themes of William Morris, Useful&Beautiful and giving members of the public an opportunity to take something home that they had printed themselves using traditional presses in the style of William Morris.

Confronting Dementia (Mar-May 2016)
Delivery of a series of workshops over the Spring at a variety of venues across the borough to make artwork with people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends. Exhibition curated by Anna Alcock and shown at Gnome House in May 2016. Widely attended and well received by participants.

Museum of London (Oct and Dec 2013)
Art Facilitator for mental health group invited to art workshops to create a unique piece inspired and responding to the collections at Docklands Museum of London (Screenprinting onto Bags) and The Wall Museum of London (Decorating A Roman Tile).

Lady of the Forest Exhibition (May-Nov 2012)
London and South Africa
Travelling Exhibition: International Print Exchange
Led by Anna Alcock and Inky Cuttlefish Studios.
Participants: E17 professional artists, University of KwaZulu Natal, Inky Cuttlefish Studios
Project conception, delivery and curating. Artwork inspired by William Morris and myth of Lady Godiva from 24 international artists exhibited during E17 Art Trail, Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Jack Heath Gallery (South Africa), Vestry House Museum (London)

Willowfield Mosaic Mural (Jun 2012)
Willowfield Humanities College, Walthamstow
Workshop delivery to decorate 650 tiles to over 250 secondary school pupils. Theme was ‘Citizenship week’ – self-portrait: placing themselves within the local community and London as Olympic/Paralympic city. Successful installation of mural on playground.

Artist Taking the Lead (Mar-Oct 2012)
Waltham Forest, London
Project management and workshop delivery in partnership with Waltham Forest Arts in Education on three major projects taking place in Waltham Forest as one of the Host Boroughs of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Successful Award was for ‘LIVE SITE’, ‘EVENTS’ and ‘Godiva Awakes’.

  • Live Site: animating Walthamstow Town Centre and delivering arts engagement workshops for Jubilee, Olympic Opening Ceremony, Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Wimbledon Final, Closing Ceremony, Team GB parade.
  • Tree of Life: working with eight schools and community groups to decorate and bring 10 ft. Tree sculpture to ‘life’. Tree Sculpture taken to all LBWF events.
  • LBWF events: community arts engagement – delivery of arts workshops for community at Art in the Park, Torch Relay, Chingford Day Dance, Leyton Day, Light Up Langthorne Park
  • Godiva Awakes: working with local children and WF Mencap to make costumes and participate in this high profile national event.

Para Olympic and Olympic Light Up Ceremonies (October 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012)
Walthamstow and Leytonstone, London
Co-ordinating facilitators to deliver lantern making workshops to over 300 participants from local community during the cultural Olympiad in Waltham Forest

WF MENCAP Art Project Co-ordinator (2006 – 2015)
Waltham Forest, London
Disabled Engagement in the local community. Using art as a medium for engagement within the local community and common meeting point across boundaries. Fund-raising, Project Management, Curating Exhibitions and arranging opportunities for disabled artists in LBWF – includes twinning projects with other countries (South Africa; Berlin, Germany; Madrid, Spain). Co-ordinating and running workshops for Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities at local community events and exhibitions. This includes fund-raising, project management and monitoring success and working with other professional artists for the successful delivery of the projects.

Young People’s Fellowship Challenge Exhibition and Waltham Forest Caribbean Carnival (2008-2012)
Walthamstow, London
Delivering art workshops to young children, disabled children, disabled adults and adults with learning difficulties as part of the Cultural Olympiad leading up to the 2012 London Olympics

Signature Works on Paper (2008-2009)
Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Walthamstow, London
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London
Berlin artSPACE Gallery, Germany
Durban artSPACE Gallery, South Africa
Curating touring exhibition. Ambitious project showcasing the talent of visionary and highly talented artists, whom Inky Cuttlefish invited to exhibit with their works on paper

Bronze Art Award: CREATE 17 (2008)
Walthamstow, London
Delivering screenprinting workshops to children as part of project organised by APEX ARTS and Suspicious Behaviour (funded by ACE).

‘My Kinda Grinding’ (2008)
Waltham Forest, Leytonstone
Screen-printing workshops part of a project to help develop hard to reach young people’s self-expression, self-respect and self-esteem. Funded by the Youth service Waltham Forest Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP CONNEXIONS) delivered by Apex Arts the Arts Council of Waltham Forest Registered Charity Nos: 294347

Young People’s Fellowship Challenge Exhibition (May – July 2007)
Walthamstow, London
Delivering art workshops to young children, disabled children, disabled adults and adults with learning difficulties as part of the Cultural Olympiad leading up to the 2012 London Olympics

Trustee Waltham Forest Arts Council – APEX ARTS (2006-2007)
Borough of Waltham Forest, London

ACID Printmakers (2006)
Walthamstow, London
Fundraising and delivery of workshops for adults with learning difficulties, and elderly people.

East London Printmakers Master Class and Beginner workshops (2004-2006)
Hackney, London
Facilitating T-shirt printing, Fabric printing, Screen-printing, Etching, Relief printing Beginners and Master class workshops

East London Printmakers Chair (2005 – 2006)
Hackney, London

Low Hall Nursery (2005)
Walthamstow, London
Art class with children using recycled materials

Printmaking Workshop (2004)
The Royal London Hospital
Facilitated Experimental Printmaking Workshop for children

Pilot Etching Workshop (2004)
East London Printmakers, London
Facilitated Introductory Etching Workshop for Bromley by Bow Community Centre

East London Printmakers Committee Member: Open Access Administrator (2003-2004)
Hackney, London
Set up and overseeing public use of the ELP studio