Curator, consultant, writer, researcher. Sometimes even a photographer. I’ve worked within and around photography for over 20 years. Well, longer really. Having graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Photography from Nottingham Trent University in 2001, I pursued a career in the museum sector, beginning at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol. Here I was privileged to work with an outstanding photographic collection, learning how to care for, interpret and provide access to such a collection for the first time. If I could go back in time, I’d revisit that collection and that all-to-briefly-held post with the experience and knowledge gained since.
And that subsequent experience and knowledge came largely from my 15 years at the Museum of London where, for most of that time, I worked as Curator of Photographs. And what a job that was. An incredible collection both historic and contemporary that consumed my mind and won my heart for so long. I was fortunate enough to work with many photographers and artists, engage with audiences from students to tourists and have the opportunity to curate several exhibitions, large and small. Alongside exhibitions, and creating the books that accompanied some of them, I developed the photographs collection considerably over the years; be that through digitisation and cataloguing, or through making extensive and numerous new acquisitions.
In 2011 I co-curated London Street Photography at the Museum of London alongside Mike Seaborne.
In 2015 I solo curated my first major exhibition for Museum of London: Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom, on show at Museum of London Docklands. I remain her greatest fan.
In 2017 the Museum of London and I were invited by Magnum Photos to collaborate on a Live Lab project in Clerkenwell. I worked with 3 Magnum photographers and a small team over a fortnight period and curated a pop-up exhibition to conclude.
In 2018 I curated my largest exhibition for the Museum of London: London Nights. I was also a nominee for the Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines campaign.
I left the Museum of London in April 2019, and returned to my hometown Birmingham with my family. A new start. A new chapter.
I’m currently freelancing in a number of aspects of the photography sector, ranging from consultancy for active photographers to curating for Argentea Gallery in the glorious Jewellery Quarter and at present for Sampad as an Exhibitions Assistant. I am also Co-Director for a new Community Interest Company Developed in Birmingham CIC.
For the first time in a long time, I’m also undertaking a personal photographic project – exploring the vast green space that is Sutton Park. This is supported by Arts Council England having been awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant for 2021/22.