Friends of Pskov

Associate curator at the Friends of Pskov Association since 2017 –  supporting and developing the twinning of Perth, Scotland with Pskov, Russia through people to people diplomacy and a series of Perth, Pskov, Tartu: Twin Cities curatorial projects, including ZOOM IN ON…monthly gatherings over Zoom starting on 15 March 2021 as a contemporary art bridge over the twin cities rivers, marking the 30th anniversary of … Continue reading Friends of Pskov

We Refuse to be Scapegoats

CURRENTLY We joined Sumaya Awad, brian bean and Yara Hawari for a discussion on Palestine, socialism, and anti-imperialist solidarity across borders, chaired by Ilan Pappé – inspired by the newly-edited book Palestine: A Socialist Introduction published by Haymarket Books. This volume systematically tackles the Palestinian struggle for liberation, contextualizing it in an increasingly polarized world and offering a socialist perspective on how full liberation can … Continue reading We Refuse to be Scapegoats

Screen.dance

Delighted to have been an Associate Curator and Jury Member of Screen.dance – Scotland’s first and only festival of dance film culture since its inception in 2016. Initiated and managed by Goat Media, Screen.dance was initially held at Threshold arspace, Perth and co-curated by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Peter Royston. In June 2020, Screen.dance migrated to Edinburgh and streamed live in association with Summerhall, … Continue reading Screen.dance

3G

Founding curator of 3G: 3 Generations of Women Artists Perform – an annual exploration of feminism and performance art, marking International Women’s Day as part of Perth and Kinross Women’s Festival. Held annually between 2016 and 2020 at Threshold artspace, Perth Theatre and Concert Hall, 3G featured artists’ talks and scholars’ presentations alongside live and screen performances by three generations of international women artists. 3G … Continue reading 3G

Peace Cranes

Peace Cranes​ ​is an exhibition of contemporary public art exploring the twin existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change through the works of international artists, and a cathedral-size, visually and audio arresting, site-specific installation of 140,000 origami peace cranes by established Scottish contemporary artist and activist Juliana Capes. Scheduled to premiere on 6 August 2021 as a commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima … Continue reading Peace Cranes

Conjunction

A founding member of CONJUNCTION – a public art curatorial collective. As a globally dispersed collective of 25 mid-career and established curators, artists, designers, educators, and public arts practitioners who first met in January 2020 while attending the year-long professional development course ​Curating and Commissioning Contemporary Public Art ​at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. We are a fluid collective based on a fluid work dynamic … Continue reading Conjunction

Found in Translation

Founding member of Found in Translation Book Club established in 2015 and held monthly at Central Library Edinburgh with 50 books in translation read, talked and written about over the first 5 years of which 27 by male and 23 by female authors. Geographically, we read books in the following languages in translation: Spanish (1) Spanish–Argentina(1), Norwegian(1), Italian(1), Turkish(1), Korean(2), Chinese(1), Japanese(2), Dutch(3), Danish(2), German(7), … Continue reading Found in Translation

Balkan Rhapsody

Currently translating Balkan Rhapsody (Colibri, Sofia, 2018) – the debut novel by the Bulgarian-born and France-based author Maria Kassimova-Moisset. As a truly rhapsodic autofiction, this historical novel follows the internal and external exile of the author’s fictionalised grandmother Miriam and her young family during the 1920s and 1930s. A tale of two coastal cities intrinsically connected through the tumultuous waterways of the Black Sea. Miriam’s … Continue reading Balkan Rhapsody

A is for Abbeyhill Artists

Founding curator of A is for Abbeyhill Artists – a durational public art project set in a purpose-built Victorian school building at the city centre of Edinburgh. Delivered through an ongoing artists’ residency programme aimed at spreading the wonder of contemporary arts to every pupil and teacher in and outside the classrooms of Abbeyhill Primary School. Over 50 projects by as many resident artists and … Continue reading A is for Abbeyhill Artists

Marlene Millar

Curator of the first survey exhibition by multi-award winning Canadian artist and filmmaker Marlene Millar spanning 30 years of her creative practice through a selection of 30 works from 1989 to 2019. Included were a newly commissioned multi-screen installation alongside public engagements with Marlene’s works through poetry, creative and critical writing, live dance and choral music. Initially held at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall 29 … Continue reading Marlene Millar