1953 Born UK
1975 BA Hons Degree in German and French, Exeter University
2010-11 Art of Faith
Exhibition at the Castle Museum, Norwich
2008-present Splinter Group
Artists collaboration working outdoors with the elements
2008 - 11 Creative Partnerships
Projects in Norfolk schools developing creative thinking with teachers and children
2010 Mapping the Wind
Community project with Jane Frost exploring the wind, its patterns and its potentials at
West Runton Beach. Part of the Sainsbury Centre's Culture of the Countryside Programme
and the Cromer and Sheringham Festival
Duo Exhibition with Malca Schotten at the King of Hearts Norwich, inspired by the coastal erosion
at Happisburgh, Norfolk.
2009-present Artists for Climate Change
Artists designing creative programmes for schools to help understand and engage with issues of
2009 ongoing Salt Trails
Collaboration with Jane Frost, making work through relationship with people and place
2008 Crossing the Line
Working for Norfolk Music Works leading workshops and coordinating visual effects for a
multi-media community performance in Dereham Swimming Pool
2008 Sea House, Light House, Spirit House
Starfish installation for the roof of Salthouse Church
Leaf installation and workshops for Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail
2007 Wood at Wood's House
Installation of floating leaves for exhibition at the King of Hearts Arts Centre, Norwich
2007 Stars Stones and Bones
Britz and McGowan at Salthouse Church Norfolk. Large scale installations exploring the local landscape and the architecture of the church, grant aided by County and District councils and Arts Council England.
2000-present Britz and McGowan
Collaborative exhibitions and installations with Margie Britz
2006-7 Vital Communities
Residencies with Cambs. Schools and their communities as part of a research project into the impact of arts provision upon children and their communities (ongoing).
2006-7 Creative Change Programme
Promoting and running workshops for men with mild mental health problems, organized by Norfolk Arts Partnership
Commissioned by Norfolk Arts in Education to create a teachers
Pack for schools groups visiting the outdoor sculptures at
Houghton Hall, Norfolk
2005 Norwich Fringe Festival
Drawing installation by Britz and McGowan. A starfish mandala applied directly to the wall using starfish as the drawing tools, and coastal muds, clays and sands as pigments
Installation exploring the movements of the wind around Salthouse Church Tower, grant aided by Arts Council England
2005 Wheels of Change
Working with Norfolk Arts in Education and Norfolk Waste Management Services and 7 Norfolk secondary schools to design a series of posters on reducing, reusing and recycling waste, for display on Norfolk school buses, also creating a design of my own.
2004 Land and Light
Installation by Britz and McGowan. Curated group show at Wingfield Arts, Suffolk
2004 Norwich Fringe Festival
Installation by Britz and McGowan. A starfish galaxy in the Bally Shoe Factory, Norwich
Projected work by Britz and McGowan. A galaxy of starfish projected into Cromer Church tower, part of an exhibition of projected image organized by Commissions East as part of the regeneration project Cromer Prospect.
2004 Sculpting Summer
Lead artist for a series of temporary, linked site-specific installations involving local communities in a journey down the waterways of the Southern Broads to the sea. Responsible for overall aesthetics of the project, liaising between artists and South Norfolk Council, making my own commissioned work and feeding back to an Exit Conference.
1998-2004 A Norfolk Songline
Initiated by myself and storyteller Hugh Lupton, based upon the Australian Aboriginal idea of walking the land as a way of “singing” it alive. I was involved in the fundraising, administration and delivery of the project. Organised in partnership with Norfolk County Council and funded by National Lottery, European Development and The Highways Agency.
1998-2000. Six temporary, site-specific sculptures made on the Peddars Way from local natural materials; a series of photographic images which were incorporated into a multimedia performance and a book. Along with two other artists, I ran workshops with six local village communities, creating work inspired by the local landscape. The resulting words, music and art were incorporated by the children into the performance that we gave in their village.
2004 A second series of six temporary, site-specific installations on the Peddars Way. With the National Trail Manager and two other artists, I ran two five-day guided walks of the Peddars Way. I was involved in a further ten performances of “Peddars Way” at East Anglian Arts Centres with storyteller Hugh Lupton and singer Helen Chadwick.
2004 Eastern Open
Curated exhibition at Kings Lynn Arts Centre
2003-4 The Forum, Norwich
Temporary installation of starfish for BBC East by Britz and McGowan
2003 Light and Space
Installation by Britz and McGowan. A seven foot diameter disc of starfish hung against the east window of Salthouse Church, part of an exhibition showcasing leading Norfolk artists working with light and space.
2003 Junk Culture
Residency at St Joseph’s College, Ipswich. Workshops with four schools to create a series of indoor, site-specific paper installations of sculpture and words using materials recycled by the schools.
Sculpture residency at St Joseph’s college, Ipswich. Commissioned outdoor site-specific installation and workshops with local schools to create an outdoor sculpture, poetry and word trail.
2002 Paper Works
Commissioned by Rural Arts East to make paper sculptures and to tour with the exhibition to 7 rural venues in Norfolk/Suffolk and run demonstrations and workshops
2001 Down to Earth
Exhibition at Salthouse Church showcasing leading Norfolk artists working with natural materials, curated by Kathleen Macfarlane. Two site-specific installations
Commission by Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery to make a series of three wall hangings inspired by the River Lark and run workshops for secondary school pupils and teachers.
2000 On the Line
Design and installation of a multimedia exhibition at Trues Yard Museum, Kings Lynn, documenting a community storytelling project linking the fishing communities of North Norfolk with Ghana, funded by Cambridge University.
2000 Rockland Broad
Residency at Rockland St Mary, Norfolk, making outdoor, site specific environmental sculptures and facilitating the making of sculptures by the community to celebrate Rockland Broad.
Duo Exhibition at Kings Lynn Arts Centre with John Richter. Sculptures and installations inspired by the tide line.
1999 Barrington Farm
Residency and solo exhibition at Barrington Farm Norfolk, a centre for adults with disabilities
1998 Overstrand Hall
Residency at Overstrand Hall, running workshops with children with learning difficulties aged 8-16, resulting in an outdoor sculpture trail.
1998 The Nature of Paper
Group exhibition at Woolaton Park, Nottingham, organized by PaperWeight (National Society of Papermakers)
1997 Borrowed from Nature II
Group exhibition at the John Innes Centre, Norwich organized by the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society
1996 Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail
Temporary, site specific installation and workshops
1995 Blickling Hall
Commissioned, temporary outdoor sculpture and workshops for the National Trust
1995 Open Air Sculpture
Installation of water sculpture at Wysing Arts, Cambridge
1993 The Shifting Form
Residency and workshops at Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Reserve and a linked solo exhibition at Kings Lynn Arts Centre
1992 Moments of Growth
Commissioned by the Broads Authority to make site specific sculptures from Norfolk Reed in the wet meadows and waterways of the How Hill reserve and run workshops on environmental sculpture. A linked solo exhibition and workshops at the King of Hearts Norwich
1992–2007 Workshops for primary and secondary schools, for adults and families, and for adults and children with special needs, gifted and talented, and physical disabilities. Workshops for conferences and for teachers’ training days. Working for schools, as well as the Broads Authority, the Sainsbury Centre, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Norfolk Childrens Services, Norfolk Arts Partnership, Vital Communities Cambridge, Norfolk Social Services, the Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coast Path National Trail and Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
1995–2007 Key artist for Norfolk Arts in Education Service; also acting as mentor for artists wishing to run workshops in schools
2003 Residency at County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds, highly commended in the 2003 Artworks Awards
I have applied for and managed 4 Arts Council grants for sculpture projects, co-adminstrated the first Norfolk Songline project, and acted as lead artist for Sculpting Summer
1996-2000 Committee Member of Open Studio Scheme
1992–99 Co-organiser of Aylsham Rural Arts, a local promoting group for the Norfolk Rural Touring Scheme (now Rural Arts East)
1981–83 Chairwoman of Street Roots Community Group
1978–81 Part time post as administrator at Social Services Intermediate Treatment Centre, Norwich
A Norfolk Songline, Hugh Lupton and Liz McGowan, pub.1999 Hickathrift Books ISBN 0 9537692 0 8
Sea-changes, Liz McGowan and John Richter, pub. 1998 Kings Lynn Arts Centre
A Personal Choice, The Aude Gotto Collection ISBN 0 9518657 5 7
Audo Gotto, The King of Hearts, Norwich
“Fringe Exhibits Unique Artwork” Eastern Daily Press, Sept 27th 2004
“Peddars Way” Norfok Journal, July 2000
Review of “A Norfolk Songline” Eastern Daily Press, 1st April 2000
“Songlines” Norfolk Journal, March 1999
Review “Evocative Shapes from our Natural Environment” Eastern Daily Press, May 1993
Review “Inspired by the Norfolk Broads” Eastern Daily Press, 11th June 1992
2004 Ramblings, BBC Radio 4
Peddars Way Songline www.norfolksongline.co.uk