I am an independent curator currently living and working in Amsterdam. I mainly curate shows in the UK, although I am working on exhibitions for the Textile Museum in Barcelona, MOMU in Antwerp and the Villa Des Arts in Rabat, Morocco. I graduated in English Literature at Cambridge University, and also have a Fine Art and Critical Studies degree from Central St Martin's College of Art and Design. I have taught fine art, photography and video production and I completed my MA (Distinction) in Visual Culture at Middlesex University. For a decade I was a full-time senior lecturer at what is now London Metropolitan University and whilst there, curated the exhibition of photographs by the Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian.
Since leaving London in 2000 I have been working as an independent curator and art critic; publishing articles in 'Eyemazing' (The Netherlands) , 'Framework' (Finland) and other art journals.
My practice is eclectic but is largely informed by what has been described as 'New Feminist Art Criticism'. I am currently working on an exhibition about the globalisation of the garment industry titled 'The Clothing Machine', for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; 'Don't Make Me Draw That!', a rather challenging and provocative exhibition about contemporary drawing and 'Unforgivable'; ceramic work by four Dutch artists about the abject female body.
I have been invited to teach on the new MA in Museums and Contemporary Curating at the UCCA, Epsom and have also taught at the Rietveld Academie (art school) in Amsterdam.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1999 - MA Visual Culture (Distinction), Middlesex University, London
1990 - BA Fine Art and Critical Studies, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
2011 - Precious, joint show with Paula Rego, New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge
2007 - Capturing Paradise: work by Western and non-Western artists influenced by Islamic Cultures, Braintree Town Hall and Museum, Braintree
2011 - Pornified? Complicating debates about the ‘sexualisation of culture’: An International Conference , Institute of Education, Bedford Square, London
2013 - Quiet Paris book launch
2012 - 'Quiet Amsterdam' second edition book launch
2012 - Versal magazine published 'Beauty and the Beast' drawing
2011 - 'Quiet London' book launch: Frances Lincoln publishers
2009 - Don't Make Me Draw That!, Work in progress, UK and The Netherlands
2008 - Quiet Amsterdam, Image Found publishers, Amsterdam