I am an academic and occasional curator based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My research 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 also teach on art history, curatorial studies and media studies degree programmes. I’ve recently been thinking and writing about uncertainty, nature, painting-by-numbers and artworld economies. I am involved in interdisciplinary research investigating relationships between inclusion, diversity, safety and knowledge practices in fieldwork.
I previously held the role of Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where I worked on 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.
My other loves include my cat and my houseplants (so predictable), and drawing little pictures of the fallen leaves I pick up walking around the city.