I am currently finishing an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award (a PhD) between the University of Edinburgh and Dovecot Studios. My thesis examines the collaborative relationships between the tapestry studio (Dovecot) and artist-designers, such as Graham Sutherland, Harold Cohen and Eduardo Paolozzi. The thesis focuses on the period 1945-1970, when Dovecot and Britain were undergoing a number of cultural, artistic and social changes. The project was designed to coincide with the studio's centenary in 2012, marked with a major exhibition and publication, in association with Lund Humphries.

Since October 2013 I have worked as an Arts Development Officer for Aberdeenshire Council, supporting community art projects and strategy planning. Prior to my PhD I worked as Gallery Manager at Dovecot, responsible for the changing exhibition programme and front of house. Not surprisingly, it was here that my love of tapestry! I started my career at The Fleming Collection, London - an outstanding collection of Scottish art.

I am also a Trustee of Small Steps Foundation, a UK registered charity which provides education and resources for nursery-age children with special needs in Uganda.

Fast facts:
  • I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan, always on the look out for books with interesting cover designs.
  • Live with a cat called Miss Marple (see above).
  • Keen knitter.
  • As soon as I started working around makers, artists and objects, there was no going back - there is no environment more inspiring.
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