Intimate Ecologies is an illustrated thesis which explores the languages of contemporary exhibitions and making in museums and related cultural spaces in the UK. The thesis presents arguments for understanding the value of embodied material knowledge to aesthetic experience in exhibitions, across a spectrum of human expression. These are supported by reference to exhibition case studies, critical and theoretical works from fields including social anthropology, architecture; art and design history; literature and a range of individual original works of art. The thesis concludes that the museum exhibition, as a creative medium for understanding objects, becomes enriched by close study of material practice and embodied knowledge that draws on a concept of craft and the practice of crafts.
School of Humanities
Critical & Historical Studies, 2011–2016
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Curating Contemporary Craft
An independent UK curator with thirty years industry and non profit experience of making exhibitions in the field of contemporary ceramics, glass, silver and jewellery. Previous clients include National Museums Scotland; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Jerwood Charitable Foundation; Goldsmiths Centre, London; Dovecot Foundation; and Ruthin Galleries, Wales.
- BA Arts (Honours) in Humanities with Art History and Literature, Open University, 2002
- Director, Crafts, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1986–2007; Lead director, IC:Innovative Craft, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 2008–2011; Independent curator and producer, Oxford and Scotland, 2008–
- Silver from Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, 2008 ; Jingdezhen Porcelain City, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 2011 ; Carving Out Space, Ruthin Galleries, Wales, UK, 2012 ; A Sense of Jewellery, Goldsmiths Centre, London, UK, 2016
- Amanda Game and Elizabeth Goring, Jewellery Moves, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, 1998; George Dalgliesh, Silver from Scotland, Contemporary Scottish Silver Essay, 2008; Philip Wilson, Contemporary British Crafts, The Goodison Gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum, October 2016