I am a writer, editor and curator and currently hold the position of Early Career Academic Fellow in the Department of Fine Art at Newcastle University. Before joining Newcastle, I worked as a lecturer at various institutions including Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London. I hold a PhD in Art History from Manchester School of Art (2016) having previously studied photography at the University of Westminster and at Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Photography Studies. Between 2016 and 2018 I was a postdoctoral research assistant on the research project Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS queer sexual cultures at the University of Edinburgh. In 2019/20 I was appointed Honorary Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating, also at the University of Edinburgh.
My research focuses on post-1960s photographic, documentary and print cultures. I am currently engaged in two longterm projects. The first explores photography in the context of transatlantic queer lesbian community since the 1970s. I have organised screenings and exhibitions dedicated to this period of photographic culture and related essays have appeared in Third Text, Women: A Culture Review, Aperture and Source Photographic Review. I am now consolidating this writing into a book project, Other Printers (title TBD). This research overlaps with another area of interest, considering the legacies of the new British photography and independent photography in the UK. My research has been supported by various grants and awards including the Arts Council of England, the Paul Mellon Foundation and TERRA Foundation for American Art.
As both a writer and curator I regularly collaborate with artists and art organisations. Over the past decade, I have contributed to exhibition programmes at TATE, Liverpool; Archive Kabinett, Berlin; ICA, London and the Cantor Film Centre, New York. I have also published widely on artist moving image and in 2017 organised a retrospective of Peggy Ahwesh’s films and video and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. I am a member of the advisory group for LUX Scotland and am on the board of the artist-led organisation Rhubaba Gallery and Studios in Edinburgh.