Cherish is the website of Judy Spark, a Scottish artist whose practice explores the gaps and overlaps that reside within contemporary human experience in relation to the natural world and between humans. Judy is a part-time lecturer in Fine Art at the University of the Highlands and Islands and she is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education and the Contemplative Pedagogy Network.
Between 2016 and 2020 she was resident on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland where, as well as undertaking a series of private commissions from her practice, she was involved in the creation, development and cultivation of coastal gardens and with natural woodland management. In recent years, part of her practice has been devoted to the development of a series of contemplative drawing workshops for community as well as academic environments.
Judy held the post of lecturer in Contemporary Fine Art Practice at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen between 2006 and 2016. She gained her BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Glasgow School of Art in 1993 and completed a Masters in Environmental Philosophy at the University of Lancaster in 2006. She has presented work and undertaken residencies across the UK and beyond and has published peer reviewed written work internationally. Since 2020, Judy has held a role as a Support Worker within a facility which provides integrated accommodation and care services for 15 disabled people and she completed a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills from Strathclyde University in 2023. She is a passionate gardener and is a volunteer for Horatio's Garden Scotland at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in QEUH Glasgow. Judy is based in Cardross on the Firth of Clyde.