Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications and training

* 2003 MA Studio Practice (Distinction), University of Leeds
* 1984 Postgraduate Studies in Sculpture HDFA (Lond),
Slade School of Fine Art University College London, London
* 1982 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture Class I,
Highly Commended in Art History,
Camberwell School of Art & Crafts, London
* 1978 Foundation Studies, Camberwell School of Art & Crafts, London

Solo exhibitions

* 2014 Class Forms, Leeds College of Art Gallery
* 2009/10 Others, Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, West Yorkshire
* 2009 Dialogues/To the Table
Sculpture and Drawings by Sheila Gaffney and Carl Plackman,
Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
* 2003 footNOTES, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
* 1999 Locale, Gallery II, University of Bradford
* 1995 It’s a girl, the Dean Clough Christmas Tree project, Dean Clough ,
Halifax, West Yorkshire
* 1993 Button, Eastthorpe Gallery, Mirfield, West Yorkshire
* 1991 Hidden Riches, Design Innovation Centre, Leeds
* 1991 Mirrors, Cookridge Street Gallery, Leeds

Group exhibitions

* 2007 The Ninth Plinth, Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds
* 2005 SituationLeeds:Contemporary Artists And The Public Realm0505,
Patrick Studios, Leeds, West Yorkshire
* 2005 Contemporary Artists play ‘Pictionary’ presented by The Little Artists,
The Agency Gallery, London
* 2000 before now…and after, ecArt, 148 St John st, London EC1
* 2000 UK Art 2000 in Berlin Mitte,
The British Council / ec Art, Berlin
* 1999 A Christmas Pudding for Henry, Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery,
A Henry Moore Institute External Programmes Project
* 1994 Penumbra, Crossley Gallery, The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
* 1994 La Poupee, Bankfield Museum
* 1994 Wunder Kammer-The Female Gaze Objectified, Leeds City Art Galleries


* 2007-8 Artist in Residence, Bradford Museums & Galleries
* 2001 Year of the Artist Residency,
Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery & Studio Theatre,
First Direct Bank Plc (Call Centre)
*1994 - 2003 Artist Residency, Dean Clough

Competitions, prizes and awards

* 2004 Individual award winner Research & Development,
Witness project, Arts Council England,
Patrick Studios, Leeds
* 2001 New Tools for Sculpture Research & Development Award,
Yorkshire Arts Development Programme
* 1999 Vikki Oppenheim Blum Rites of Passage Travel Award, Rites of Passage, Bows Arts Trust
* 1997 Individual Artists Award (glass), Yorkshire & Humberside Arts
* 1982 Natsopa Award for Sculpture, South London Gallery, London


* 2005 Indexicality as aide memoire, and the imagined subject
AHRB CongressCATH 2005:
The Ethics and Politics of Virtuality and Indexicality’
National Museum of Film and Photography Bradford

Material Evidence: use of the figurative fragment in the construction of a social
sculptural subject

The Fragmented Figure
Cardiff School of Art and Design, Wales, UK
* 2002 The Changing Class (not classification) of Sculpture
AHRB Congress CATH 2002: Translating Class, Altering Hospitality
Leeds Town Hall, June 21 – 23 2002
* 1993 Is the mainstream taboo?
Opening the Dialogues' Feminist Art Histories Network Conference
University of Leeds
* 1982 Educated for what?
1st National conference ‘Women & Art Education’
Battersea Arts Centre, London
(Organizer in association with Women Artists Slide Library)

Currently Head of Fine Art, Leeds College of Art
Leeds College of Art

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