About

I am a freelance exhibition curator with a particular interest in audience development, and a track record of working with different museums, galleries, off-site opportunities and historic properties.

I was Curator for a programme of Artist Residencies at National Trust Penrhyn Castle, 2015-17. Film (7 mins) by Pete Telfer here: https://youtu.be/U5vFLJ0n4qE

I am a Visiting Lecturer, Acting Programme Leader for MA Contemporary Curation at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, and Manager of the Winchester Gallery.

I am pro-active in programming, working with a wide range of people: I have organised touring fine art and craft projects regionally, nationally and internationally, for The Southern Arts Touring Exhibition Service, the British Council, the Imperial War Museum, and at Mostyn gallery, Llandudno, and as a freelance curator for client organisations. I am accustomed to assessing practical and logistical considerations for projects as I have worked in such a range of venues. I have a thorough knowledge of the contemporary British art and craft sector, and an active working network. I have experience of exhibition research and of making research proposals for site-appropriate and themed projects. I am used to advocacy to a range of sector and non-sector organisations and individuals including the general public; funders; artists; galleries; collections; non-gallery venues.

I am used to identifying opportunities for learning activities and programming to deliver engagement at all levels. Recent projects have delivered interpretation and participation as core factors in exhibition programmes, such as workshops, participation and volunteer involvement at Ruthin Craft Centre for the Laura Ellen Bacon installation Inundation, and a particularly broad range of interpretation and academic activities related to the Setting the Scene exhibition at Crafts Study Centre: from an academic symposium to school, community and hard-to-reach groups. I have experience in lecturing at undergraduate level, managing a module at Winchester School of Art for five years, and in leading small groups in professional development activities, such as a series of ‘Writing about Craft’ workshops conducted around the country in colleges and artists’ studios 2012-14.

As a freelance curator and writer, I have long experience of running several projects for different clients simultaneously, timetabling and prioritizing for high quality outcomes on time and on budget. I have curated numerous exhibitions for Ruthin Craft Centre, as well as writing and editing their exhibition texts and catalogues. I have curated two exhibitions for the Crafts Council, The Chemistry Set and 30/30 Vision: Creative Journeys in Contemporary Craft, both of which involved the work of around twenty artists and which toured extensively. I have proven fundraising experience. As Chair of Winchester 10 Days, a citywide biennial visual art project, I secured Arts Council England (ACE) G4A funding and local authority support for the 2015 iteration. I secured funding from ACE G4A and the Idlewild Trust for Setting the Scene for Crafts Study Centre, Farnham (2013) http://settingthesceneproject.wordpress.com/. The project encompassed an exhibition, which I curated, with an education and outreach programme and a professional symposium. I have a demonstrable track record of delivery of high quality outcomes promptly and economically.

I am used to the management of teams of people in touring venues when setting up exhibitions, communicating a shared sense of purpose and helping individuals realize their potential, and have formal management experience. I have the necessary experience to present research in regular updates and planning and to provide an incisive analysis for such an ambitious project, and a demonstrable ability to present information with clarity: I have conducted formal evaluation reports for organisations in receipt of ACE and Heritage Lottery Fund support.

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