As the Curatorial Assistant I provide support and assistance to the all the period curators with research for displays and exhibitions. I provide general administrative support to the Curatorial department, support fact checking and provenance research for cross-collections projects and have a particular focus on the Tudor to Regency collections. My current projects include catalogue research for an upcoming international touring exhibition, provenance research into the primary collection, and object research for a future 19th century exhibition.
I studied my BA in English Literature at the University of Exeter, before going on to do a MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick, on which I focused specifically on Renaissance Venice. Before joining the National Portrait Gallery I worked as the Architecture Programme Administrator at the Royal Academy of Arts, during which time I provided logistical and curatorial assistance for the displays Stories from the Past – Visions of the Future: The RA and its Buildings, and Peter Cook RA: Floating Ideas, received a credit as Picture Researcher for the publication Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture, and organised the accompanying display. Prior to this I completed an eight month internship at Ben Uri Gallery, where I acted as curatorial assistant on the exhibition Max Weber: An American Cubist in Paris and London, 1905-15.
My research interests are fairly diverse and tend to have an interdisciplinary approach. During my MA I focused my research on Venetian Cinquecento painting and the intersection of gender, sexuality, hair and costume, with particular reference to Titian and Palma il Vecchio . Since then I have developed interests in English Modernism, specifically in the relationships between the literary Bloomsbury Group, the Omega workshops and painters of the Camden Town group. I also have a long-standing interest in European symbolism at the end of the 19th century, particularly the Viennese Secession and English Pre-Raphaelites.