New Outbreak pieces and the STEAM galllery exhibition

I have been developing some new pieces to accompany the original The OUTBREAK games for an exhibition at the new STEAM gallery in Wigan, 53 Library St, Wigan, WN1 from 11 May 2017.  The exhibition of my work will sit alongside photographic images of viruses under the microscope. This should be an interesting combination.

Outbreak exhibition poster 2017

As well as my OUTBREAK  game I will also be exhibiting a range of work including this WHITE VIRUS TRIO



Virus trio, orange, grey & black




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Bar billiard viruses

An old bar game of billiards transformed by spiky white ceramic viruses.  These pieces are inspired by actual viral forms

  • Chicken pox
  • Hepatitis CV
  • Measles
  • Herpes
  • Rubella
  • Yellow Fever
  • Mumps
  • HIV
  • Encephalitis

but also the fragile beauty of underwater coral. The one red piece that sits on its own definitely found its inspiration there.

Virus billiards 1

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I have also been experimenting with filling chemistry jars with viral shapes. I like the contrast of their sharp fragility with the shiny glass walls of the jars.  In the smaller jar the viruses are almost tipping outside of their protective container.

Virus Billiards 4

Concise guide to the OUTBREAK Games pieces

Black  and white baubles sit on the ripped game board surrounded by small red humanoid figures. These  bright, red blood cells soldier across the board together in a pack looking out for any viruses that may come their way. Look out, they’re watching you.  Pop Art shapes and colours provide a deceptively cheerful vision of Bio warfare.



These posts describe how the pieces in OUTBREAK embody the character of each viral chess piece and the blood cells that carry them.

The  KING  is the most powerful piece on the board– if you lose the King you lose the battle.  This  king is HIV & AIDS.    HIV is transmitted via contaminated body fluids. It can also be contracted as a result of exposure to semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk or blood.

 The QUEEN is a very important player too who can travel wherever she wants, but she cannot jump. The Queen is  T.B.  which can be transmitted when a person with TB coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings.


BISHOPS traditionally represent the power of the church and spirituality. The Bishop can move any number of squares only diagonally and cannot jump over any pieces. In OUTBREAK they are Bacteriophages  which can be used therapeutically to treat pathogenic bacterial infections. They are created from within a cell’s own DNA.


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KNIGHTS can move from one corner to the other of any 2 x 3 rectangle of squares and is also the only piece that can jump over any other piece. In OUTBREAK  they are Hepatitis B a contagious liver disease which is spread when blood, semen, or other body fluid infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body.

White Night


hepatitis virus, dental referrals



ROOKS  can move any number of squares in horizontal and vertical directions, but cannot jump over any other piece. In the OUTBREAK  this is Avian Flu, commonly called bird flu this virus is transmitted by breathing it in, or when a person touches something that has the virus on it and then touches their mouth, eyes, nose or mouth.


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PAWNS are more plentiful than any other piece and they are easily removed from the game.  The Pawn can only move straight ahead.  Represented here as RED AND WHITE BLOOD CELLS  which have two main functions; the carriage of oxygen and defence against microbial attack.


The Outbreak Games


An earlier edition of this work  when the pieces were all a similar size and I had not added the bright red blood cell pawns.  I  developed this work by making certain of the pieces larger to emphasise their significance and potential danger, for example the KING HIV& AID’s is now significantly taller and the Queen TB is also a much larger and dramatic figure. At the same time I added screen print slogans and statements about viruses – see below – to emphasise the impact that viruses have on the lives of those suffering with them.


Sensible footwear

The chilly blue feet belie the affection with which they were made. One foot holds firmly onto the surface and the other moves up in anticipation of what is ahead.  In the version shown below the anticipatory feet have the advantage of being plugged in to a source of power.














And this is one of my own feet glazed in cheerful yellow to suggest a sunny outlook, with a contrasting blue thought bubble to suggest ideas bubbling up.

My foot

Figurative women

Pandora's Boxes

Pandora in her golden glasses holds the key to unlocking her boxes. Do the glasses mean that she is blinded to what is inside or to protect her from it? The sharp corners of the boxes are in contrast with the African inspired Pandora figure. The glasses are decorated in gold lustre.

Her partner, Finishing Line, a tired figure on her 1970’s Space Hopper has finished her happy journey.

Exhibitions and press

  • Solo Exhibition OUTBREAK at STEAM, Wigan
  • Gender fluidity at FaB Bath Arts Festival
  • Northern Potters’ Exhibition, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
  • Royal Cambrian Open Art competition, Conwy
  • Warrington Contemporary Open
  • West Lancashire Open Art competition, Chapel Gallery
  • Black and White, Arthouse Southport Community
  • Artist of the month, Arthouse SCA
  • Microscopic ceramics at Southport Arts Festival
  • Phil Redmond’s Auction in support of BabyGrow 
  • Loughborough Makers’ Market with Northern Potters
  • White and Black at FaB Bath Arts Festival
  • Clay Collective, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
  • Art with a Heart exhibition, Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Northern Potters’ Exhibition, UCLAN, Preston
  • West Lancashire Arts Open exhibition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • West Lancashire Arts Open Competition, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • MA Art and design degree show, UCLAN
  • In my Liverpool Home installation,  Skelmersdale
  • BTEC exhibition, SCOLA gallery, Sutton, Surrey
2000 – 08
  • Student exhibitions, SCOLA
  • Open College certificate exhibition, SCOLA gallery


  • 2014/2015 AA2A Ceramics residency at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool.


  • 2017 Issue on-line featured a review of my work
  • 2017 Wotisart?  Magazine
  • 2017 Art Reveal Magazine
  • 2017 Featured artist in A5 magazine
  • 2017 Review of all my work featured in ARM magazine
  • 2017 Work featured in Average Art professional art magazine
  • 2017 Appear in the COCA (Centre for Ceramic Art) website,  Rethink Ceramics
  • 2016 Work featured in Average Art professional art magazine
  • 2016 NPA News
  • 2015 NPA News
  • 2013 MA thesis on public art and New Town development archived in the National Gallery and National Library of Australia