Fiona joined Trails and Tales as Co-ordinator/Evaluator, working closely with EDLC Lead, Esmee Thompson and Lizzie Smith (Project Management contact at Collective Architecture to support artists’ activity and learning in relation to the artistsâ€™ processes of investigation.
Fiona studied Fine Art, Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art and completed her PhD at Stirling Universityâ€™s Institute of Education, where she looked at issues of social class and inclusion to visual arts practice. Before crossing into research and development, Fiona worked for a number of years as an artist exhibiting widely in the UK and internationally, as well as undertaking national and international residencies and public art commissions. Fiona has received a number of awards to support research into public art and learning, including a Churchill Fellowship to allow travel to the USA, visiting a range of programmes that work with communities as a learning context for art and education and a Wingate Scholarship to put research into practice, developing art and regeneration work in Easterhouse, Glasgow. Fiona was Project lead for GI LEARN an initiative of Glasgow International supporting artists’ peer learning, and was project coordinator for HAL’s commissioning of Henry Coombes’ film work for GI, I am the Architect, as well as corresponding international symposium. She has worked with Glasgow Women’s Library on a number of projects, including a collaboration with Nicky Bird and Shauna McMullan, Making Space, which aimed to expand the possibilities of working in public through the development of new ways of engaging with a very diverse community of women in collaborative and participatory working processes.
Fiona works freelance as an artist, as well as developing a range of artist-led research and development projects.