After graduating with a Degree in Illustration and Design at Edinburgh College of Art I began my career working first at Scotlands biggest community art charity as a creative assistant and tutor. I gained further experience volunteering for 3 years at my local community centre as an youth worker. Following a course of study I qualified as a youth worker and have since developed my skills as a professional artist alongside this practise. I now work freelance on a variety of different projects. I have been trusted as the lead artist on some very prestige projects with councils, non-profit organisations and instituitions across Scotland to provide social engaged public artworks . I often work with a broad range of age groups in the community. I have had the privilege of leading projects that have typically involved large scale murals that have involved partcipants that use this space. This work has been incredibly rewarding in establishing representation and a voice for communities. I feel honoured to work alongside these groups ,to enable a sense of ownership and bring empowerment to those most vulnerable and under represented.
I work in a mix of media and bring digital and traditional techniques into methods of creating. Whichever works best for the brief. I am confident in my ability to work to limited budgets and engage with a variety of groups on issues or topics they would like to explore through creative art. If you have a project or a group you would to engage with I am happy to discuss and share ideas. E-mail me through the contact page above.
As part of Young Carers week a mural was created in collaboration with the young carers at Foxbar community centre , Paisley Oct 22
HIDE OUT was a two part public art project working with Sandwick Junior high. Funded through creative learning network , Education Scotland , Shetland Island council and Shetland Arts. Considering the boundary between home & school the inside & outside space that the young people occupy. Working collaboratively with the pupils we developed designs for the bike shed space on their school grounds from creative sessiovs I facilitated on the themes of well being and mindful art practises. Feb-May 22
Burrell Collection opening weekend creative family workshop , April 22
Carmondean creative engagement June 21
Imaginate, Where we are, Refuweegee creative space mural Feb 22
Vox Liminus ,We create Govanhill , June 21
Fablevision, Woven in Govan, Social engaged project on the themes of the care crisis . This work provided a voice for women with lived experiences of giving care and the expectations of gender. Jan 21-May 22
Old school Thornhill wrap around mural with local young people partcipation Sept 20
South Indian residency painting with pupils at Kattaikkuttu on the themes of tradional theatre and their school garden Feb 20
Images courtesy of Stuart Attwood
Examples from workshops as the Lead artist of the Summer programme with north Edinburgh Arts
Images copyrighted 2023
Ursula KL Cheng