International Museums Day 2020: Diversity and Inclusion

International Museums Day is on 18 May 2020 and in celebration of the theme equality and diversity, I curated an online exhibition on the topic - Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation - for ArtUK's new Curations platform. A selection of works from the exhibition below. ICOM UK is hosting a series of activities in partnership with … Continue reading International Museums Day 2020: Diversity and Inclusion

2019 Knowledge Quarter Conference: The Future of Knowledge

It was a pleasure to be asked to part of the plenary session The Future of Knowledge Sharing. Start from the premise that over the next decade we are likely to experience vast changes in how individuals and organisations engage with knowledge, I was joined by F1000’s Publishing Director Michael Markie, Maria Nelson, Head of … Continue reading 2019 Knowledge Quarter Conference: The Future of Knowledge

60 Second Tour: Blue Rider Group at Lenbachhaus

In honour of International Women's Day, I'm posting this 60 Second Tour featuring the works of the Blue Rider Group (Der Blaue Reiter).  Those who have an art history degree will associate this group, formed in 1909, with expressionist artists Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.  However, female artist Gabriele Münter was also a founder.  She … Continue reading 60 Second Tour: Blue Rider Group at Lenbachhaus

60 Second Tour: Wonder at Renwick Gallery

The Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After a period of closure for renovation, it has re-opened with an exhibition called WONDER. it future 9 amazing installations by artists who use unusual materials (yarn, tree branches, index cards, tires) to create large-scale, awe-inspiring works of art.

Exploring the Big Bang at Somerset House

For some reason, Somerset House is not a place I go for evening or weekend fun. This is my loss, as the venue has greatly expanded its public offer over the past 10 years. It sits on the Thames across from the Southbank Centre and National Theatre, but does not compare in terms of footfall. It now has … Continue reading Exploring the Big Bang at Somerset House

Raqqa: The Cultural History of the ISIS Stronghold

Those who are reasonably well informed know that Raqqa (also known as Al-Raqqah, Rakka, Ar-Raqqah) is the city in Syria that is the ISIS stronghold and focus of Western forces’ air strikes. It currently holds immense symbolic power – a successful military campaign in Raqqa would be a major defeat for the Islamic State. But … Continue reading Raqqa: The Cultural History of the ISIS Stronghold

Alexander Calder at Tate: Balancing Science and Art

As a cultural professional working in a research-intensive university, I’m keenly interested in the interplay between arts and sciences: How can artistic creativity inspire scientific problem solving? How can we use art to articulate scientific principles and discoveries? How can scientific techniques inform new modes are artistic representation? How do we balance the abstract with … Continue reading Alexander Calder at Tate: Balancing Science and Art