I work on a freelance basis, writing about the arts in various ways, including journalism, primary research and strategic planning. A visual arts specialist, I follow the impact of public policy on the arts and cultural infrastructure, often writing about it for The Guardian Culture Professionals Network, a-n Artsnews, New Statesman and other publications, including posts on this site.
I often work with visual arts organisations, helping them problem solve and think through their priorities and strategy.
Two rigorous days evaluating b-side Festival with the inspiring and patient Dany Louise. Thank you Dany!” Sally Watson, Artistic Director, b-side Festival
With twenty years experience in the arts – from policy development to strategy implementation, education to project management – I have a deep understanding of the many different contexts in which the arts and creative sector work in the UK. This means that I bring a considered, independent and sophisticated approach to the projects and organisations that I work with.
In 2013 I initated the Interpretation Matters project, which explores the writing that galleries produce for public information. In 2015,the accompanying book, The Interpretation Matters Handbook was published:
“Interesting, opinionated and provocative” – Simon Stephens, Editor Museums Journal
“Refreshing and provocative” – Jerwood Foundation
“Her opinions on what makes a text label clear, informative and engaging are accurate, and her advice would be useful at any exhibition planning meeting”- Arts Professional magazine
I have a particular interest and expertise in the:
- Writing about art, and art writing.
- Strategic development of arts provison.
- Conducting evidence based research that supports new thinking, policy and action for arts organisations.
- Facilitating small arts organisations to build strong foundations and plan ahead.
The work I undertake aims to:
- Aid the development and sustainability of a thriving creative ecology in local and regional areas.
- Help create quality paid opportunities and appropriate training and advice for creative practitioners.
- Be challenging, innovative and high quality. The arts are an environment where fresh ideas are welcomed, and where challenge is part of the culture. I am someone who thrives on new challenges!