I have worked as a curator since 2005, whether in a freelance or institutional capacity, in the UK (where I live), in France (where I’m from) and in other (largely European) contexts. My curatorial work has been engaged with exhibition making, public programming, commissioning and collaborative processes, and with cultural practices invested at local, social, educational, environmental and/or organisational levels. The margin and the alternative, as spaces of resistance and counter-hegemony, are central themes to my practice, which often straddles the curatorial and the pedagogical, and currently engages with open spaces and the notion of value in the contemporary art sector.
I have worked as associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris (2014-20), associate director of Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris (2011-12), curator at Gasworks, London (2007-10), and radio presenter at Resonance FM, London (2002-5). I was co-curator, with Lydia Yee, of British Art Show 8 in 2015-16 (Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton), and have curated exhibitions and projects at venues including CA2M, Móstoles/Madrid; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool; Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo; GAM, Turin; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene; La Synagogue de Delme, Delme; The Women’s Library, London; and The European Culture Congress, Wroclaw.
I have done residencies and held fellowships at LUMA, Arles; Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz; FRAME – HIAP, Helsinki; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Contemporary Art Society, London; and La Maison populaire, Montreuil. Further to that, I have (co)-edited and written for a number of exhibition catalogues, readers and other types of publications.
Pedagogy and research
In 2013, I co-founded the free, independent art school and community space Open School East, where I was co-director until 2019 and director up until early 2021. This engaged creating and sustaining a new type of organisation with art education, access and cross-community encounters at its centre, and designing and overseeing a range of learning and development programmes for and with adult artists, young people and audiences from further afield.
This real-time experience led me to enquire about the genealogy of spaces that combine the functions of school, community centre and cultural resource, and to research the histories of alternative, adult and community education. In 2016, I began a part-time PhD at the University of Nottingham, in the School of Geography, under the supervision of David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography) and Pat Thomson (Professor of Education). My research, which will be completed in autumn 2022, unpacks the notion of the alternative in multi-public educational organisations from the late 19th century to the present, in the UK and further afield.
I currently work as a lecturer (0.5) on the MA Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, and have previously taught as a visiting lecturer in universities and art schools including: Royal College of Art, London; University of Central England, Birmingham; UIAV, Venise; London South Bank University; London College of Communication; École nationale supérieure d’art de Dijon; Université Paris Diderot; Paris 1 – La Sorbonne; EHESS, Paris; HDK, Zürich; the University of Leicester; Ulster University, Belfast; École supérieure d’art de Lorraine; La Villa Arson, Nice; Royal Academy Schools, London; and Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. I have co-led a range of workshops and pedagogical projects in art schools, non-profit galleries, live art venues and festivals, including CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, Mécènes du sud Montpellier-Sète and Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels.
I am currently training in Practical Horticulture at Walmer Castle and Gardens (RHS Level 2 certificate), while undertaking a Garden Design Diploma with Learning with Experts. Besides expanding my work to new horizons, I am working with the view to integrating new skills and experiences to my curatorial, pedagogical and research practice.
I live in Deal, in East Kent, and am a governor at The Downs CE Primary School.