After a career as a chef on charter yachts and then as restaurant chef/owner of the Quo Vadis Seafood Restaurant in Plymouth, Alison began art studies at Plymouth College of Art and Design in 1992. This was followed by three years at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1994 – 1997, where she achieved a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

Alison then spent 12 years working from a  studio at Bow Arts Trust in East London before moving North in 2011. She is the founding Director of the Whistle Art Stop, a community arts programme, serving the comunity of Haltwhistle and providing Arts Council Funded opportunities to recent Art Graduates.

For the last five years, Alison has devoted a great deal of her time to providing aid to Refugees in North France and befriending resettled refugees in Newcastle and Northumberland. She is a foster carer and recently homed an unaccompanied young asylum seeker.

Alison welcomes visitors to her studio in Haltwhistle. Please use the contact page to arrange.


  • ‘LANDE: The Calais Jungle’ Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford March – Nov 2019
  • ‘Resurgence’ 2016 The SHED exhibition space, Haltwhistle
  • ‘Out of the Box’ 2014  The SHED exhibition space, Haltwhistle
  • Open Studios, Hadrian Enterprise Park, Haltwhistle, Northumberland – Oct 2012
  • Connection Point, London – selected show by Edward Lucie Smith & Max  Presniell June 2011
  • ‘Multicomplexificationalities’ curated by Roy Exley – 22nd Jun – 22nd Jul 2007, Nunnery Gallery, London E3
  • ‘Chamber Works III’, ( in collaboration with Seth Brignell) at Bow Arts Trust Open Studio, London 2007
  • ‘From the Stars Down to Earth’, curated by Andrew Hunt, Nunnery Gallery, London Jun-Jul 2006
  • ‘Chamber Works I’, (made in collaboration with Seth Brignell) at Bow Arts Trust , London 2006
  • Group Show: Bow Arts Trust Open Studios, London June 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Group Show: HYPE, Brick Lane, London – Feb 2004
  • Artlives Exhibition: Reconcilable Differences, Jersey galleries, Osterley Park House, Heathrow, London 3 – 27th April 2003
  • Group Show:”Blurred Edges” – Alison A Raimes, Sam Stork, & Jules Sykes – Seven Seven Gallery, London 20 Feb-3rd March 2003
  • Group Show:Evans Collection, www.evanscollection.org 23rd Jan – 9th Feb 2003 Rivington Gallery, 69 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY
  • Group Show: Seven Seven Gallery, Broadway Market, Hackney, London “Snapshots” Nov 2002
  • Artlives International Group of artists
  • Skylark Gallery, Gabriel’s Wharf, South Bank, London SE1
  • Group Show: Art Beyond Borders, Sweden May 2001
  • Group Show: Art Beyond Borders, Drachten, The Netherlands, February 2001
  • Open Studios: Cable Street Studios, London E1 18 -20th December 2000
  • Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London SW1 October 2001
  • Open Studios: Cable Street Studio, London E 1 9-11th June 2000
  • Group Show: Greenwich Arts New Generation: Blackfriars Arts Centre, January 2000
  • Group Show: Barley Mow Centre, “Invest in your sole” London W4 August 30 – September 15th 1999
  • Open Studios: Cable Street Studios, London E1 July 2-4th 1999
  • Solo Exhibition: “Intimate Inquiry into Nothingness” Bedford Hill Studios, Battersea, London Nov 1998
  • Solo Exhibition: Peterborough Art Centre May – June 1999 (previewed on Anglia Television)
  • Solo Exhibition: Eltham College

Latest Work

Alison is the lead artist at the Whistle Art Stop in Haltwhistle, a community arts group working with Young People. Alison has lead on the collection and delivery aid to Calais and Dunkirk since Sept 2015, through Northumberland Solidarity with Refugees group. She ran art workshops for the children in the Calais Jungle until it was demolished and continues to support refugees in UK and across Europe.

Her latest work is a series of paintings from photographs taken by volunteers working in the Refugee camp in Calais that became known as “The Jungle”. When the camp was demolished in November 2016, 10,000 refugees were dispersed across Europe of which over 1,000 of them were unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

This series of paintings “We are all Refugees” are made in solidarity with everyone who is displaced due to war or regime. 25% of all sales goes to Help Refugees