I am a writer, researcher, lecturer and occasional curator of photography based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My work clusters around affect, meaning-making and materiality in experiences with art.

I have a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Newcastle University, awarded for my thesis ‘Bindings, Boundaries and Cuts: Relating Agency and Ontology in Photobook Encounters‘. The project presents new ways of understanding the photobook as a distinct art form. I teach on art history, curatorial studies and media studies degree programmes at Newcastle University, University of York and University of Sunderland. My recent writing has explored photography, the photobook, painting-by-numbers and experiences of nature. I am involved in interdisciplinary research projects that broadly investigate ways of knowing and being-in-the-world, including topics ranging from equality, diversity and inclusion, to “ethnographies of the ineffable”.

I am part of the 22-23 Collective Studio at The NewBridge Project, where I run BINDER, a bi-monthly community book club for artists’ printed matter. I formerly worked as Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, contributing to exhibitions including Into the Woods: Trees in Photography (2017) and the inaugural Photography Centre (2018), as well as conducting research with the Royal Photographic Society Collection and the Maurice Broomfield Archive.

Other interests include my cat and my houseplants (so predictable), and drawing pictures of the fallen leaves I pick up walking around the city.