Curatorial talk at Grey Projects Singapore

Everyone is welcome for a talk about my current curatorial project and research at Grey Projects Singapore on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 . Thank you to Jason Wee and his team for hosting. This will be my first time in the country and I am looking forward to visiting a lot of galleries and meeting new artists.  Read More →

first experiences of teaching

This semester I have had my first experience of teaching BA and MA level students in an art school. I’ve taught a few different subjects, including cultural leadership and a whole course introducing year three BAs to foundations in academic arts research. I had no real idea how to teach before I… and I’m not sure that I know now.  But here are some things that I have learned and that may be of interest to other first time academic teachers. Read More →

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Recently I’ve been celebrating the conclusion of my first year as a PhD candidate (where the hell did that time go?). This first year I have been propelled forwards at a rate of knots by the exhibition at FACT and exciting collaborations with my colleagues on an innovative research method that has just received major funding from the Australian Research Council. I’ve also edited a book and presented the fruits of my labor with FACT at numerous talks and conferences. Read More →

Random bit of Maoist art

I am writing to outline why I am deeply concerned by the decisions made about Federal arts funding in the 2015 Budget, especially the proposed introduction of The National Program for Excellence in the Arts.

Next month I will be celebrating one-year spent living in Australia. I moved here from London, one of the world’s cultural capitals, because I believed it would be exciting and rewarding to live in a country Read More →

The Sackler Conference: Art Design and New Technology for Health

I was nervous about speaking at The Sackler Conference: Art Design and New Technology for Health. Mel Lenz and her team at The V&A had done a sterling job of selecting some of the most exciting folks working in this field, but I couldn’t help but feel that I was perhaps a slight anomaly in my panel. While most arts and health projects are formed to deliver a specific heath outcome for a target group, my work as a curator emphasizes changing cultural perceptions of health and illness; Read More →

Audiences queue for Marina

I’ve been back in Sydney for a week and it seems I have arrived at the same time as a certain Marina Abramović. No prizes for guessing who the art world is more excited about! While I’m not quite at Marina levels of fame here yet, I was part of a team of amazing UNSW researchers who drew a pretty impressive crowd down at Marina Towers (Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay) on Saturday afternoon. Read More →

Art, Design and Health: The Microbial Verdict

I’m currently in London and this weekend I presented as part of a panel at Arebyte Gallery, responding to Zoë Hough’s exhibition The Microbial Verdict: You Live Until You Die. The premise of this speculative design project is the invention of a new pill that can decode when a brain has deteriorated enough for it’s owner to lose their functioning identity and then instigate their subsequent death from the inside – the user lives until they die. Read More →

best artist led gallery spaces in sydney

Recently I asked a friend (and curator at one of Sydney’s biggest art museums) if she could write a list of the best artist led gallery spaces in Sydney. I posed the question originally on behalf of my friend Laura Cooper who is setting up an international artist led initiative in New York and was looking for potential collaborators. Laura had asked me for info on the artist led scene in Sydney and to my shame, in spite of already being here for several months, I had very little knowledge to share. Read More →


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of interviewing Chinese artist Lu Yang, as part of a collaboration with Birmingham based curator Rachel Marsden. The interview went on to form part of the publication for a Lu Yang solo-exhibition titled ANTI-HUMANISM curated by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, which took place in Copenhagen in January. Read More →

Group Therapy book

The Group Therapy exhibition closes on Sunday, but you will still be able to snap up a copy of the Group Therapy book from Amazon or the Liverpool University Press Website. Recommended highlights include the vacuum cleaner’s hilarious and thought provoking essay about gaining access to his medical records Read More →