I am an Early Career Academic Fellow in Art History in the Fine Art department at Newcastle University. My interests as a writer and curator lie in contemporary (post-1960s) art and photography and feminist, queer and Marxist approaches to historiography.
I am currently working on a number of book projects. The first of these has the working title Lesbian Graffiti and addresses photography and visibility in the context of trans-atlantic lesbian community from the 1970s until the 1990s. Two additional edited photo books focus on photographers working in the context of the feminist ‘sex wars’. And a reader on queer print cultures in Europe is also in production, co-edited with Glyn Davis (University of Edinburgh).
Related articles have been published in Women: A Cultural Review (forthcoming), Aperture, Photoworks and in the edited volume Feminism and Art History Now (I. B. Tauris, 2017). I have presented this work internationally including at New York University, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna. In 2018 with Mason Leaver-Yap, I co-curated the exhibition ‘Deep Down Body Thirst’ for Glasgow International in 2018, which will travel to London in 2020.
My collaborations with artists include with Patrick Staff, Rehana Zaman, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Kaisa Dahlberg, Charlotte Prodger and Peggy Ahwesh. I have contributed to programmes at TATE Liverpool; Archive, Berlin; BALTIC, Gateshead; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Cantor Film Centre, New York.
Before joining Newcastle University, I lectured in Fine Art Critical Studies at Glasgow School of Art. I have previously held teaching posts at Goldsmiths, University of London; University of the Creative Arts, Kent and Manchester Metropolitan University. I received my PhD from Manchester School of Art in 2017 with a thesis titled ‘Manifestos: Aesthetics and Politics in Queer Times’. From 2016 until 2018, I undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh as part of the 3-year HERA funded project ‘Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures’.
In 2016-17, I was recipient of a Postdoctoral Research Award from the Terra Foundation for American Art and in 2018, I was awarded Research Support Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for my work on activist, photographer and playwright Jill Posener and an Event Support Grant for Resisting Relations, a symposium dedicated to lesbian identity and feminist art history co-organised with Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths) and Flora Dunster (University of Sussex).