I am the Director & Curator of the Curatorial Research Centre. I have 20 years’ experience in the cultural, arts, academic and private sectors. I am a Fellow of the Museums Association and a member of its Ethics Committee and Decolonisation Guidance Working Group. I am a Level 2 Accredited Member of the Association of Facilitators and Research Associate at Swansea University. In 2018 I completed a leadership fellowship supported by Arts Council England called Change Makers.
I am a material culture and collections specialist with extensive knowledge of exhibition and event curation in a variety of settings from national museums to pop-up shops. I developed the philosophy and methods of the Curatorial Research Centre and I am currently preparing a new book on curating. I am the Programme Leader and creator of Citizen Curators, a work based curatorial training programme for volunteers, currently taking place in museums across Cornwall, in collaboration with Cornwall Museums Partnership supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. I am also the co-founder and co-organiser of Twitter’s ever-popular #MuseumHour.
Equity, ethics and diversity underpin all of my work. I believe in the absolute importance of thorough research and a de-centred approach to curating. That means I see my role as one of asking new questions, starting new conversations and holding the space for others to speak and be heard. I am alert to prejudice and gaslighting and I am beginning to decolonise my own way of working, having been ‘brought up’ in the anglo-Western tradition of historical and curatorial research.
In my spare time I play Cornish traditional music and other traditional music on the fiddle.