Found in Translation

Founding member of Found in Translation 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. Through 2015-20 we have 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), … Continue reading Found in Translation

Albena Mihaylova-Bendji

Following my long-standing interest in women artists, including Albena Mihaylova-Bendji, I am pleased to be contributing to the group exhibition Personal Structures – Reflections accompanying the 59th Venice Biennale 23 April – 27 November 2022 at European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova 3659 Venice 30121 Italy. Personal Structures is a biennial contemporary art exhibition organised and hosted by European Cultural Centre in Venice. The … Continue reading Albena Mihaylova-Bendji

Balkan Rhapsody

Balkan Rhapsody (Балканска рапсодия, Colibri, Sofia, 2018) is the debut novel by the Bulgarian-born author Maria Kassimova-Moisset currently being translated into English by Iliyana Nedkova and due to be published by the independent Scottish press Tippermuir Books, Perth with the support of Creative Scotland through the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland. As a truly rhapsodic autofiction, this historical novel follows the internal and external … Continue reading Balkan Rhapsody

Mare Tralla

Having discovered the work of the London-based Estonian artist, designer and activist Mare Tralla in 1996, it has been my curatorial privilege ever since to continue to explore, commission, present and champion Mare’s work through a series of residencies, exhibitions, festivals, publications, essays, interviews, features and talks. Iliyana Nedkova Currently, together with Heather Kiernan, I am co-curating a new Peace & Justice (Scotland) commission by … Continue reading Mare Tralla – Scotland’s first and only festival of dance film – was initiated and co-curated by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Peter Royston in 2016 and held at Threshold arspace, Perth until 2019 in association with Goat Media and Horsecross Arts. Explore 2019 (formerly known as Perth Screen Dance) by scrolling below In June 2020, migrated to Edinburgh under the curatorship of Simon … Continue reading

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…– six monthly gatherings over Zoom starting on 15 March 2021 aiming to contruct a contemporary art bridge over the twin cities rivers, marking … Continue reading Friends of Pskov

Alla Georgieva

As part of my long-standing interest in the creative practice of female artists, writers, film- and theatre-makers, I have been exploring the works of the Ukrainian Bulgarian artist Alla Georgieva (Born 1957 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria) since the early 2000s through curating of solo or group exhibitions, writing and publishing critical writing texts. Here are some of the highlights of … Continue reading Alla Georgieva

Threshold arstpace

Founding curator of a 15-year-long public art project set at the ‘threshold’ of two iconic public buildings in the city centre of Perth, Scotland pioneered and managed by Horsecross Arts – commissioning, exhibiting, contextualising and collecting over 350 works including site-specific multi-screen installations and performances by over 150 Scottish and international artists from 2005 until 2020 For an archive of my curatorial activities between 2009 … Continue reading Threshold arstpace

Read More

Founding commissioning editor and contributor to READ MORE (ISSN 1755 – 0866 Online) – an exquisitely designed journal for critical writing published by Horsecross Arts between 2007 and 2019. Run along the editorial premise one work – one essay – one issue. Each of the 15 issues published featured a newly commissioned essay by a Scottish or international contributing writer who elaborated on a selected … Continue reading Read More