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, The Observer, The Stage, Art Monthly, and Culture 24, as well as posts on this site.
2015 saw the publication of my first book, The Interpretation Matters Handbook, which explores the writing galleries produce for public information from a variety of perspectives. More information here.
“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.
Some selected links are below, or view my complete portfolio via these links:
Writing Gallery Texts & Wall Panels, The Guardian, August 2015
A Q&A with Bridget Riley, a-n Art News, June 2015
Ben Uri Gallery, a-n Art News, April 2015
Why Gender Inequality is still an Issue, a-n Art News, February 2015
Self at Turner Contemporary, a-n Art News, January 2015
Folkestone Triennial, review, a-n Art News, September 2014
b-side festival: A Collection of Works for Portland, preview, a-n Art News, August 2014
Whitstable Biennial: Memorable, unusual and slightly bonkers, review, a-n Art News, June 2014
Appetite Stoke, a-n Art News,June 2014
Simon Faithful: Shopping Around, a-n Art News, June 2014
House Festival, review, a-n Art News, May 2014
PLACE Report, a-n Art News, April 2014
Sluice Art Fair, a-n Art News, October 2013
Frieze Projects 2013, interview with curator Nicola Lees, a-n Art News, October 2013
Beautiful ArtSOUTH, feature, a-n Art News, September 2013
When the subsidised visual arts went to Google for the day, The Guardian, July 2013
Interview with Peter Heslip, a-n Arts News, June 2013
No reputation without representation? A-n Arts News, June 2013
Why are Universities scrapping their Community Arts Projects? The Guardian, May 2013
Cr8net conference review, for a-n Artsnews, April 2013
Genuine collaboration is harder than the rhetoric suggests, for Frame and Reference, March 2013
Things Taken Apart, review of Rosa Barba exhibition, Turner Contemporary, for Frame and Reference, February 2013
Defending Freedom of Expression in the Arts, Conference report, a-n Arts News, January 2013
How to be an Arts Freelancer, The Guardian Culture Professionals Network, January 2013
Arts Freelancing: Learning to support yourself, The Guardian Culture Professionals Network, January 2013
Putting the Contemporary into London Art Fair, for a-n news, January 2013
“!” (Hollywood Blues), A spoken choir performance by Rowena Easton, review commissioned by artist, October 2012
A Peculiar kind of Biennial, review of Whitstable Biennial, New Statesman, Sept 2012
Olympic Art Review: Beyond the Rhetoric, for The Guardian Culture Professionals Network (in which I describe the Arcelor Mittal Orbit as “a brilliant example of willy-waving on an epic scale.” July 2012
Endowment funding – a catalyst for conformity? For a-n, June 2012
Why are Openings still called Private Views? For Axis webzine, May 2012
Forgan Forgone, Guardian Culture Professionals, March 2012
State of the Arts conference report, New Statesman, February 2012
State of the Arts Conference preview, The Guardian February 2012
Art Review: Asia Triennial Manchester 2011 New Statesman, October 2011
Insight feature: What do Festivals add to a City? The Stage, June 2011
This book was produced by Channel Five and Arts Council England as part of their Five Art Cities project. It includes essays by Tim Marlow, Helen James – and myself.
You can download a copy of my essay Cultural Stew here, and find links or downloads to other published archive pieces through the links above.
You can view my piece on the Liverpool Biennial of Art 2010, for the New Statesman here. I also blog regularly on arts and cultural policy – you can read these pieces from the home page.
A piece on Frieze Art Fair 2009 is here.