I’ve worked for the British Council since 2003 on English language teaching and training projects in Ethiopia, India and North Africa. In 2018 I coordinated and co-delivered a 100-hour course in English for Diplomacy for the trainee diplomats in Ethiopia. In 2019 I joined the British Council’s team of educators delivering global online courses in collaboration with FutureLearn.
I lead Goldsmiths’s Synapse programme, which helps students across the university to explore and develop entrepreneurial tools, think about their wider future, and consider the impact they would like to make in the world. Continue reading “LECTURER, INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE & CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP”
I offer one-to-one and group coaching for people looking to develop their practice in the creative industries. Using a range of coaching tools, I help artists, writers, performers, producers and dreamers to identify challenging goals – and give them the support to achieve them. And, unlike in traditional ‘hands-off’ coaching, I can also bring my own life experience, passion and networks from over a decade working as an arts producer, fundraiser and academic.Continue reading “CREATIVE CAREERS COACH”
Lecturer in Academic English to international students embarking on BA and MA art and design degrees. Projects, workshops and study trips introduce students to reflective creative practice, semiotic analysis and theories of cultural globalisation, seen through the experience of London as an international city. Continue reading “LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON”
In times like this, the monsters come, to guide us through the change.
They come from all around the world whenever things get strange.
With fright’ning heads and clanging bells and furs and branches too,
they say goodbye to things gone past, and beckon in the new.
And this November, if you dare (no need to be afraid)
please join the friendly monsters on their winter-time parade! Continue reading “PRODUCER, PARADE OF FRIENDLY MONSTERS”
I designed, managed and co-taught two 12-week professional development courses in the theory and practice of film programming, funded by Creative Skillset and supported by Goldsmiths, University of London.
Participants think about the meaning and purpose of programming, and take on practical projects that culminate in researching and running their own film screening events. Course alumni have gone on to work for BFI, MUBI, Film London and Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Festival.
Goldsmiths Computing is known globally for its creative approach to coding, and recently launched the UK’s first online computing degree.
As Assistant Department Manager, I managed department events, exhibitions, communications and special projects. In 2016-18 I set up the renowned 4-week Creative Computing summer school for students at the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. Continue reading “ASSISTANT MANAGER, GOLDSMITHS COMPUTING”
In 2014 I curated an installation and event series for London Design Festival at the V&A Museum, exploring how design alters our perception of reality.
I developed the programme by working with architects, galleries, universities and artists. As well as developing the film programme (sponsored by MUBI), I curated a week-long installation of short films showcasing cutting-edge motion graphics, CGI environments and digital art. Continue reading “CURATOR, DESIGN ON FILM”
The Nigerian video film industry – aka Nollywood – is the world’s second largest film industry, yet until recently very few people outside of the African diaspora had heard of it.
In 2010 I curated and managed a six-night festival of Nigerian video film – the first festival of its kind in the UK. Acting as a public celebration of Nollywood’s global achievements, the festival included a panel discussion featuring film-makers, broadcasters and academics, as well as screenings introduced by industry insiders. Continue reading “FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, NOLLYWOOD NOW”
In 2014-15 I joined BFI Film Audience Network to coordinate the marketing, monitoring, evaluation and project budgets for the nationwide blockbuster season Sci-Fi: Days of Fear & Wonder. Continue reading “PROJECT MANAGER, BFI SCIENCE FICTION SEASON”
An ongoing project exploring populist global cinema. Since 2012 the programme has included a Vietnamese hip-hop movie, Jamaican boxing drama, Korean girlpop horror, Congolese thriller, Hungarian cartoon and Filipino slum musical.
Screening arthouse, cult, world cinema, trash and a lot of sing-alongs, Deptford Film Club won a commendation for best film programming at the 2012 Film Society of the Year Awards.
My first big arts project, this is where I learned how to secure funding, do market research, manage event licensing, run tech equipment, design posters, plan marketing campaigns, develop industry contacts – and curate cinema. Continue reading “DIRECTOR, DEPTFORD FILM CLUB”
Associate lecturer in arts management, supervising final year independent projects for BA Music Business & Arts Management (2017-18). Continue reading “LECTURER, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY”
I am a founder member and regular producer for this annual ten-day local film festival. Launched in 2012, the volunteer-run festival is produced, for free, by and for residents of New Cross and Deptford in southeast London. Continue reading “PRODUCER, NEW CROSS + DEPTFORD FREE FILM FESTIVAL”
In 2013 I joined the programming team for Film Africa, London’s African film festival. To celebrate 21 years of Nigerian video film, I ran a programme of films and talks at South London Gallery, and edited a Nollywood at 21 zine. Continue reading “PROGRAMMER, FILM AFRICA”
Inspired by projects exploring alternative forms of film exhibition, in 2015 I put together a programme of the internet’s funniest, cutest, silliest YouTube cat videos. Continue reading “CURATOR, CAT VIDEO FILM FEST”
In 2011-2013 I was commissioned to set up, programme, promote and manage a monthly film club in Sydenham, London. It’s still going strong today. Continue reading “PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, SYDENHAM FILM CLUB”
In 2013 I was asked to set up a free family film club to bring new customers to the Big Red Pizzeria in Deptford, London. I provided legal and technical advice, curated and managed two film seasons, and created design templates for posters and flyers. Continue reading “PROGRAMME CONSULTANT, BIG RED CINEMA”
To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the playwright Christopher Marlowe’s birth, I organised a screening of Derek Jarman’s film adaptation of Edward II – inside St Nicholas’ Church, Deptford, where Marlowe lies buried in an unmarked grave. Continue reading “CURATOR, Jarman’s EDWARD II”
Thanks to a grant from the British Council’s Art Connects Us programme, in 2018 I travelled to South Africa to meet the people making the SA film exhibition scene happen.
Over three weeks in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, my research discovered how film exhibitors in South Africa are developing their craft through training, professional development and networks. Continue reading “RESEARCHER, BRITISH COUNCIL SSA AFRICA”
In 2014, Friends of Crystal Palace Subway commissioned me to run a film screening event for their Heritage Lottery Inspired by the Subway project. I put together an evening of 3½ films starring the palace, the park and the subway, framing Crystal Palace as a magical zone of pleasure and transformation. Continue reading “PROGRAMMING CONSULTANT, CRYSTAL PALACE AT THE MOVIES”
A film programme for the BFI’s Love season. “Bollywood is famous for its romantic storylines. But some of the most exciting contemporary Indian films feature not ‘boy-meets-girl’ love but ‘boy-meets-boy’ relationships that are no less powerful for their lack of direct sexual contact.” Continue reading “CURATOR, YOUNG GUNS OF BOLLYWOOD BROMANCE”
In 2014 I planned a touring programme of international film adaptations for Shakespeare’s 500th anniversary. Films included a Bollywood Othello, Chinese martial arts Hamlet, Madagascan Macbeth, an Italian spaghetti western, samurai King Lear, Romeo & Juliet expoitation flick and a Hollywood teen comedy Taming of the Shrew. Continue reading “CURATOR, GLOBAL SHAKESPEARE ON FILM”