I hold a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a MA with Distinction in Cultural and Media Studies from the Open University, for which I was awarded the Pavis Prize in recognition of outstanding work in my dissertation. I am a trained community arts practitioner and began my career as a drama facilitator and mental health support worker before arriving at the Open University. From 2003 I began work as an Associate Lecturer and from 2006, as a Senior Faculty Manager. I joined the Art History department as a Staff Tutor in 2019 and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I write about contemporary art, materiality, and fragmentation. My doctoral thesis investigates materiality and text as they arise in Michael Landy’s art event Break Down (2001), in which the artist systematically destroyed his possessions. I am currently adapting elements of this project for publication as a monograph.
Jun 2019: ‘The manual in Michael Landy’s Break Down’: Languages INTER Networks conference. Lancaster University.
Sept 2017: ‘Fragment / Part / Whole: Matter and Mediality in Michael Landy’s Break Down’. Waste: A Symposium. Birkbeck, University of London.
Jan 2017: 'Michael Landy’s Break Down: Trashing and Transforming’, TRASH conference, Department of English Studies, University of Vienna. Supported via a grant from the competitive Graduate School Fund at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Oct 2016: ‘Writing through the fragments: Ekphrastic encounters with Michael Landy’s Break Down’. Creative Humanities: Thinking, Making and Meaning. AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Supported via a full bursary from the Consortium.
Jun 2011: ‘Michel Landy’s Break Down and the search for the thing’. Materiality and the materials of research: Theory and practice in the humanities. Material Cultures Research Group, The Open University.
Jan 2020: ‘Material, process, time: The fragment in Michael Landy’s Break Down’: Literary London Reading Group. University College London.
I am a member of the module teams for A105: Voices, texts and material culture, and A111: Discovering the arts and humanities, where I coordinate matters relating to tuition. I have been an Associate Lecturer since 2003, and specialise in the teaching and support of beginning-level Open University students. Most recently, I have taught the interdisciplinary Arts modules AA100: The arts past and present and A105: Voices, texts and material culture.
In support of innovative and inclusive teaching at the Open University I regularly contribute to scholarship projects. I am currently acting as sponsor for a project lead by Dr Veronica Davies to investigate strategies for effective online 'gallery visits'. In 2019, I acted as lead researcher for the arts strand of a mixed methods, cross-School scholarship project to investigate the pedagogic implications of synchronous, online teaching within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences particularly in relation to issues of equalities and access (project summary).