‘Photography is a visual language, which can be understood the world over.’
Shelly is a member of the Durham Photography Society, Darlington Media Group and Darlington Association of Photographers. She has participated in group shows as well as having solo exhibitions throughout the North East and further afield within the UK. Her interests are in working with community groups, running short term projects, conducting evening classes, whilst continuing to further her own practice through personal projects and commissions. Addicted to photography as a young girl, she has rarely been seen without a camera in hand. From the moment she studied NCFE Photography at Level 1 and 2, she has used it both as an artistic medium and as a way of capturing time and space. Shelly attained the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) and gained a BSC with Honours in Youth Work and Youth studies (first class).
‘Through art, we can visualise a world that can function in another way’.
Initially working in Graphic Design, Norma progressed to Fine Art later. As a Visual Artist, she works across a range of media including sound and installation, however, central to her arts practice is a love of the simplicity of drawing. In addition to exhibiting her work both at home and abroad; she has project managed, researched, written texts, and curated projects, run programmes of workshops, taught and supported learning across a range of subjects within the creative industries sector. Norma gained a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fine Art (first class), as a mature student, and then studied at Post Graduate level, gaining a distinction as a Master of Art, and later a PGCE. She developed her fascination with creativity as a young child, after observing her father create hyper realistic paintings, as murals, in historic houses and palaces around the world.