Writing and Curatorial Portfolio

Currently, at the Ashmolean Museum, I am working with the Senior Curator of Western Art and the Exhibitions Manager on a touring exhibition of JMW Turner’s early architectural works. In 2016 the Ashmolean acquired the stunning painting ‘View of the High Street, Oxford’ by Turner. The acquisition was partially funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and as part of the bid the museum undertook to tour the painting to a number of venues in the UK. My role is to facilitate this tour, from the development of the exhibition concept and themes to the collaborative curation of the exhibition with the tour venues.

During my time as the Research Curator at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum I co-curated an exhibition about World War 2 camouflage artists, who made up a large section of the Civil Defence Camouflage Establishment based in Leamington between 1939 to 1945. Many of them, including Edwin La Dell, Christopher Ironside, Stephen Bone and Robin Darwin, went on to become some of the most distinguished artists and designers of their generation. This post was fixed term and funded by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. The original research I carried out for this project was also supported by a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant from the Art Fund. I am the co-author of two of the chapters in the accompanying catalogue.

I graduated from The University of Warwick in English and Comparative Literature with First Class Honours in 2013. Soon after this I started my MA in The History of Art at UCL, which I completed with a distinction for my dissertation. 

I write for a variety of places in addition to this blog:

Crafts Magazine: The Magazine for Contemporary Craft  attached to the Crafts Council.

  • review of the RWA’s summer exhibition featuring international artists Kate MccGwire and Peter Randall-Page for September-October issue 2015.
  • review of the exhibition at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery entitled ‘Palimpsest’, by shoe designer and artist Ellen Sampson for January-February issue 2015.
  • review the ‘Make It Slow’ exhibition at Woodend Gallery in Scarborough for January-February issue 2014.
  • review of Sophie Ryder’s RWA exhibition for Crafts’ website in 2013.

Print Quarterly – International academic journal on prints. The editor commissioned me to write a review of the V&A’s catalogue accompanying its 2014 exhibition, ‘Style and Satire: Fashion in Print 1777-1927’. This is published in the March 2015 issue.

Craft Arts International –  International magazine on art and craft.

  • reviewed Richard Long’s exhibition at The Arnolfini, Bristol, for issue no. 96, June 2016. In October 2015 I interviewed the artist and Arnolfini’s Associate Curator, Bryony Gillard, for this article.
  • feature on sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA for issue no. 96, June 2016. The artist invited me to interview him at his studio in November 2015.
  • review of the touring exhibition ‘Ahead of the Curve: new china from China’, published on a four page spread in their issue no. 94, July 2015.

The British Art Journal

  • Review of Tate Britain’s 2017 David Hockney exhibition, for spring 2017 issue.
  • Book review of ‘The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree’, published by Sanson & Co. in April 2016, for autumn 2016 issue.
  • Review of ‘The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner’ by Franny Moyle, published by Penguin in July 2016, for autumn 2016 issue.
  • Reviewed ‘The Diaries of Randolph Schwabe’ edited by Gill Clarke, for the spring 2016 issue (vol. XVII, 1). The diaries linked to ‘Circles of Influence’ exhibition at the Otter Gallery, Chichester.

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  • Review of Spike Island’s, Bristol, Andrea Luka Zimmerman exhibition, June 2017.

Art UK (the successor to Your Paintings and a joint initiative between the Public Catalogue Foundation, 3,000 museums and art collections and the BBC) – I wrote a guide about how to get the most out of a visit to an art gallery for Art UK, published May 2016.

Art Space magazine – I wrote an article about the history and art collection of Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum for this local Leamington art magazine, summer issue 2016.

Kaleidoscope Magazine – I was commissioned to write a VISIT tip review for their website’s blog.

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) blog – rwabristol.wordpress.com

Arnolfini blog – My article reviewing the Arnolfini’s ‘Curating Performance’ workshop was published on the Arnolfini blog. Arnolfini, in Bristol, is one of the leading centres for contemporary art.

Young Arnolfini blog – youngarnolfini.wordpress.com. I wrote articles for this blog in the summer 2013. I also contributed to the second YA Magazine on ‘perfectionism’, which features my interview with artist Kate MccGwire.

The Ken Stradling Collection blog – www.stradlingcollection.wordpress.com. This a Bristol design study centre exhibiting Ken Stradling’s collection of furniture, ceramics, glass and more from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I co-curated their exhibition, ‘The Beales Bequest’January – March 2015, and wrote regular articles on their blog about individual objects on display. 

Rainmaker Gallery – Bristol’s Native Amercian Indian art gallery. I wrote the press releases for the two 2015 exhibitions, ‘Captured‘ and ‘Nocona Burgess‘. I also wrote the wall captions for the latter.

Gloucestershire Echo newspaper – I wrote several of the ‘Not Just History’ art columns for the Gloucestershire newspaper on behalf of The Wilson during my internship at this gallery and museum in Cheltenham.

  • article published Saturday 24 May 2015 and discussed Iavor Lubomirov’s new work displayed as part of The Wilson’s latest contemporary art exhibition; its relationship to the gallery’s acclaimed Arts and Crafts collection was a prominent theme.
  • article published Saturday 29 August 2015 explored the significance of one of Rodin’s dancing sculptures, recently put on display at The Wilson.

The Friends of The Wilson Newsletter – The editor invited me to write an article for the Autumn 2015 issue.

The Bristol Magazine – I wrote an article about the textile workshop centre, Heart Space Studios, as a perfect place to inspire and realise creative New Year’s resolutions for the January 2014 edition.

Ideas Magazine – part of the Ideas Tap: the Creative Network with over 135,000 members. They commissioned my interview with Kate MccGwire.

Trebuchet Magazine – trebuchet-magazine.com. The magazine gets about 80,000 views a month. I have been one of the most regular arts writers, reviews include Sarah Sense’s exhibition, the Gromit Trail in Bristol, T. J. Clark’s new book ‘Picasso and Truth’, the Tate’s exhibitions ‘Ruin Lust‘, ‘Late Turner: Painting Set Free’ and ‘Matisse: The Cut-Outs’.

UCL Art Museum blog – http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/category/uclart/. During my time studying for a Masters I undertook an internship at UCL Art Museum where I was responsible for writing articles for their blog. This involved researching around the museum’s events, interviewing people giving or speaking at these events, taking photographs, and organising the blog post schedule. Please see the ‘Blog Categories’ section on my homepage for a quick link to all the blogs I published on the museum’s website.

UCL Art History Magazine – HART Magazine. Issues released twice a term. Find my contribution to the first issue of 2013 here on pp.16 – 17.

Through Our Hands Magazine – www.throughourhands.co.uk. Quarterly magazine on contemporary art, textiles and particularly quilts. The first issue published May 2014 features an article I wrote on the Matisse exhibition at Tate Modern, pp. 27-30.

The Boar – The University of Warwick student newspaper. I wrote twelve articles in my final year at university, which made me one of the most regular contributors.

The Student Journals – thestudentjournals.co.uk. It was nominated best website of the year in The Guardian Student Media Awards 2011. I reviewed Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Macbeth’, and wrote an article about how to eat more healthily at university.

Wedding Ideas Magazine – I wrote an article giving tips on how to control wedding day nerves, and an interview with Jessica Letheren at Allison Jayne bridal boutique for their website.

Artists and creative people I have interviewed:

  • Peter Randall-Page – international sculptor, elected Royal Academician in July 2015. Peter invited me to interview him at his Dartmoor studio after reading my review of his RWA exhibition in Crafts magazine. This interview forms part of my research for an article in Craft Arts International magazine.
  • Richard Long – international artist. I conducted a personal interview with Long on 5 October 2015 about his Arnolfini retrospective for my article in Craft Arts International magazine.
  • Kate MccGwire – international sculptor. I first interviewed MccGwire in 2013 for my article in the Young Arnolfini’s zine. The conversation appears in full on IdeasTap.
  • Virginia Ironside – writer and columnist. Interviewed March 2016.
  • Carol Peace – Bristol-based sculptor. Interviewed January 2016.
  • Sarah Sense – Native American Indian artist specialising in photography and traditional weave. Interview in 2013 for article in Trebuchet magazine.
  • Bryony Gillard – Associate Curator at Arnolfini gallery, Bristol. This interview formed part of my research for my review of the gallery’s Richard Long exhibition for Craft Arts International magazine.
  • Grace Whowell – curator of ‘Make It Slow’ exhibition, developed by Chrysalis Arts and touring round Lancaster and Yorkshire 2013-14. This interview formed part of my research for my 2014 review of ‘Make It Slow’ exhibition for Crafts magazine.
  • Ellen Sampson – shoe designer and artist. This interview formed part of my research for my 2015 review of her ‘Palimpsest’ exhibition for Crafts magazine.
  • Eva Branscome and Catalina Meija – researchers at the Bartlett School of Architecture. I interviewed them about their project on photographs of Vienna created by North American press 1929-38, for UCL Art Museum’s blog.
  • Mona Hess – project co-ordinator of UCL’s Petrie Museum’s 3D imaging project; interview for UCL Art Museum’s blog.
  • Nick Shepley – UCL English Literature professor and organiser of UCL’s annual ‘One Day in the City’ festival; interview for UCL Art Museum’s blog.
  • Ling Chiu – artist and UCL Art Museum Curatorial Assistant; interview for UCL Art Museum’s blog.
  • Kai Syng Tan – new media artist and Slade School PhD Graduate; interview for UCL Art Museum’s blog.
  • Olga Koroleva – MA student at The Slade School of Fine Art; interview for UCL Art Museum’s blog.

Select curatorial positions:

  • August 2016 – December 2016: Assistant Project Curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Western Art department.
  • November 2015 – August 2016: Research Curator at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum.
  • March – September 2015: Six month paid traineeship in the Collections department at The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum.
  • March – August 2015: Assistant curator and writer at Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol, the UK’s centre for contemporary Native American Indian art.
  • December 2014 – February 2015: Co-Curator at The Ken Straddling Collection and Study Centre for Design, Bristol.

Curatorial projects include:

  • Devised and organised the Ashmolean Museum’s forthcoming touring exhibition of JMW Turner’s early architectural works.
  • At Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum I co-curated the exhibition ‘Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa 1939 – 1945’, open 22 July – 16 October 2016. I also curated the new permanent display of the Gallery’s 18th-century English drinking glasses.
  • Assistant curator of ‘Interior Life: Portraits and Private Space’, a temporary display at The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum, open 1 July – 30 November 2015. I researched paintings to include, composed the exhibition’s title and wrote one of the labels during my six month placement in the gallery’s Collections department.
  • Curator and organiser of ‘Noble Fibres‘ textile exhibition at Heart Space Studios, Bristol, open from 19 June 2015. It was part of the annual Westbury Park Arts Festival.
  • Assistant curator of ‘Captured‘, an exhibition of Native American photographers’ work at Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol, open 5 March – 30 May 2015.
  • Curator and organiser of ‘Spring Love‘ textiles exhibition at Heart Space Studios, Bristol, open 25 Feb – 7 April 2015.
  • Co-curator of ‘The Beales Bequest’ exhibition at The Ken Stradling Collection, Park Row, Bristol, open 10 Jan – 11 March 2015.

Twenty minute art gallery talks I have given at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum as part of their ‘Friday Focus’ events from 2012 to 2016 (to approximately 40 people per time):

Editorial experience includes:

  • Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum – exhibition catalogue ‘Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa 1939 – 1945’.
  • Print Quarterly – I completed an internship at Print Quarterly from January to June 2014. My tasks included procuring and managing images and review copies of publications, proof reading, and copy editing. I also represented the journal at The London Original Print Fair at the RA in April 2014.

Book reviews: I have been invited by the publishers Sansom & Company to review some of their art books. The titles include ‘Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex’ by Gwen Yarker and ‘The Diaries of Randolph Schwabe’ edited by Gill Clarke.

Professional membership:

  • The British Art Network, Tate
  • Sculpture in Britain, sub group of the British Art Network, National Museum of Wales
  • British Women Artists Network, sub group of the British Art Network
  • British Drawings, sub group of the British Art Network
  • British Landscapes, sub group of the British Art Network
  • Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings pre-1900, National Gallery

 

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