Writing and Talking

I have written and edited my own publications for selected exhibitions, and have extensive experience of working with designers, photographers and film-makers. I have contributed essays, artist profiles and reviews to catalogues and periodicals.

I programme and deliver talks, symposia, training and network events and occasionally deliver papers in academic environments. Subjects include career development, curation, funding applications, writing, budgets and costing, developing and marketing creative practices. I also taught marketing and exhibition development skills for creative practitioners for several years at Mary Ward Centre, an adult learning institution in London.

Selected Talks, Symposia & Other Events

2018 – 2019  Exhibition tour and talk, Ctrl/Shift: new directions in textile art.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre and Scunthorpe Central Library, 14 December 2019.

The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincs, 2 February 2019.

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 18 August 2018.

2017 – 2018    Programmer, Design-Nation Picks walking tours at New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, various dates.

2018               Coordinator, Crafting Futures textile focused network event, Chelsea College of Arts, London. For Craftspace and British Council southeast Asian network, 21 June.

2018               Programmer, Head, Heart and Hands panel discussion with Barbara Chandler, Design-Nation at Helen Yardley Studio, for London Craft Week 2018, 10 May.

2018               Opening speaker, Lasting Impressions exhibition, curated by Gregory Parsons, NDCG, Kilkenny for DCCI, 26 April.

2017                Programmer and speaker, Did We Make it Ok for Ourselves?  Artists and curator panel discussion on touring exhibition “What Do I Need to Do to Make it Ok?”, Rugby Art Gallery, Rugby, 4 November.

2017                Programmer, Marks & Tools panel discussion with Barbara Chandler, Design-Nation at Oxo Gallery, Southbank for London Craft Week 2017, 4 May.

2017                Paper: Working Together: Artists Meet Their Makers, The West Dean Tapestry Symposium, West Dean College, West Sussex, 19 April.

2017                Paper: Valuing the Imperfect, Conference: Craft History, with the International Textile Research Centre and Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, 15 March.

2016                Studio Talk for Thames-Side Studios, London, 12 October.

2016                Programmer and Panel chair, Thursday Late: Partnerships in the Making, Design-Nation at New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, 30 June.

2016                Co-programmer of event and paper: “What Do I Need to to Do to Make It OK? An introduction” for Conference: How Can I Make It OK? the art of repair, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, 2 March.

2015                Programmer and facilitator, Exhibition Workshop, one day event for British Tapestry Group, 14 March.

2010                Co-programmer, Language and Craft conference, 13 July 2010. School of Jewellery, Birmingham, in partnership with Craftspace.

Part of Forming Ideas craft and design research programme, Arts Council England funded investigation into craft practice in Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland).

Selected Publications

2019                Ctrl/Shift: new directions in textile art, The 62 Group of Textile Artists. Editor and writer of essay “What Constitutes New Directions?”

2019               Portfolio: Critical Selection 2019-2020, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny. Essay “The Surface Matters”.

2018               Points of Juncture, essay “A Tender Concern for Part and Present” for publication accompanying Cos Ahmet solo exhibition, Forty Hall, London.

2017                The Woven Landscape, essay “Time and Place” for publication accompanying Justine Randall solo exhibition, Winchester School of Art.

2012                Beauty is the First Test, Pumphouse Gallery, London.  Curator, editor and writer.

2012                Made in the Middle: contemporary craft from across the Midlands, Craftspace, Birmingham. Curator and editor.

2009               Better Than Grey: a serious consideration of colour, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery. Curator, editor and writer.

2006                New Art on View, New Art Gallery, Walsall and Contemporary Art Society, London. Editorial assistant.

2004               Tom Bendhem: Collector, Ann Elliott, Contemporary Art Society, London. Editorial assistant.

Collaborative platter by Anna Colette Hunt and Kate McBride, discussed as part of “Valuing the Imperfect” at Craft History conference, Crafts Study Centre, March 2017.