I am an experienced curator and consultant with a portfolio of work across collections, public institutions, the educational and commercial art sectors. I have an extensive knowledge of international contemporary art and have built a reputation for curatorial innovation, with particular expertise in commissioning and collecting performative, digital and social practices. In 2020, I was named in ArtNet’s Intelligence Report as a “global innovator” for my work on expanding collections.
I am motivated by a desire to create sustainable ecosystems for artists by creating stronger links between the public and commercial art worlds, and by supporting the development of new collecting and curatorial frameworks that respond to ephemeral and durational art modes for their presentation now and preservation for the future.
Primarily working with museums, private foundations and clients on artist’s commissions, collection research and development, acquisition and conservation support, I also have substantial experience of institutional strategic planning, leadership and public programmes and pedagogical course design. I am frequently invited to share my expertise through teaching, panels, interviews and writing both in the UK and internationally.
My current work builds on a decade of extensive experience working with public organisations and on independent projects. In particular, I focused on the development of ideas and artistic process outside of traditional gallery spaces, including public art and social practice.
I hold a BA in Philosophy and Art History, and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), and am a currently PhD candidate in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London where my research focuses on the history of performance in and out of the art market.
Current and recent projects and clients include:
Performance Exchange – Founding Director of a dispersed live programme across commercial galleries in London. Highlighting the work done by commercial galleries to support performance and multi-disciplinary practices, Performance Exchange will create new forms of support for performance through a programme of presentation combines with detailed acquisition information for each work, and an acquisitions fund for three museums to purchase work from the programme.
Abu Dhabi Art – Curator of In the Round, an experimental 360 filmed performance programme for the fair; commissions filmed in locations in London, Berlin, Lisbon and Abu Dhabi during the 2020 lockdown, and shown online and as VR projections in Abu Dhabi and London.
British Council – Consultant for Art Criticism and Cultural Skills MENA Region programme with workshops and professional development support for artists and curators in Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Delfina Foundation – Curator for Collecting as Practice programme: A research and residency project, the programme explores collecting and collections as sites with the potential for active and critical engagement in the development of cultural identity, revisionist histories and new narratives. The programme unpacks how artists and collectors alike are redefining the critical discourses of collecting in a global context
Contemporary Art Society – Collecting the Ephemeral Study Day and Collecting Live Art Report.
Victoria Museum and Gallery, Liverpool – Design and curation of Collection commissions programme.
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford – Consultancy for contemporary art programme as part of the broader Architectures of Displacement project on the refugee crisis.
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool – Commissioning for new ‘handling’ collection programme.
University of Salford Art Collection – Strategic review of collection.
Work with private collectors – details on request.
Past Experience – Some highlights:
Gallery Lejeune, an exhibition and performance programme in my home that investigated ways in which context-based, performative and ephemeral work can be archived and collected within a domestic setting.
Art on the Underground as Curator of the world-class programme of contemporary art that enriches the London Tube environment.
Breathing Space and other projects, a series of ‘living’ exhibitions that mixed up the forms of exhibitions, residencies and conferences. Bringing together artworks with artists, theorists and audiences in a series of unique meetings they laid bare and opened up the processes, frameworks and durations through which art is made, displayed and disseminated.
Serpentine Gallery, as Education Projects Curator; managing and developing the programme of major off-site projects for the Gallery.