I am the Exhibition Curator for the international touring exhibition Icons and Identities: Masterpieces of Portraiture. I work across the National Portrait Gallery’s collections, assisting period curators with collection research, exhibitions, displays and acquisitions, including contemporary commissions. I assist with changes to period hangs and curate temporary displays. I provide critical administrative support to the Curatorial Department and manage the Gallery research seminars. Recent displays and exhibitions that I have worked on include: David Hockney: Drawing from Life (2020), Luminary Drawings: Portraits of Film Directors by Nina Mae Fowler (2019), Tacita Dean PORTRAIT (2018), One Unbroken Stream: Ingres to Auerbach (2018), Cézanne Portraits (see blog) (2017-18) and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask, Another Mask (2017).
I studied a BA in History and French Studies at the University of Birmingham and completed the V&A and Royal College of Art MA in History of Design. Before joining the National Portrait Gallery’s curatorial team in September 2014, I completed a six-month internship at the Gallery as sixteenth-century curatorial intern. In this role, I supported the preparation of a collaborative exhibition on the Tudor monarchs, Les Tudors, with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris. I have worked at various museums and arts institutions including the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, The Barber Institute of Fine Art and Yad Vashem Holocaust Art Museum in Jerusalem.
In my role at the National Portrait Gallery I have specialised in 20th-century and contemporary British portraiture, in particular works on paper. One of my key areas of interest is how 20th century and now contemporary artists have embraced drawing as a principal mode of expression and push the boundaries of the graphic medium. My previous research considered early twentieth-century Jewish material culture in relation to histories of design, nationalism and identity.
‘Artists as natural isolators’ and ‘art apart’ in Jewish Renaissance, July 2020
‘19th-Century Kabyle Fibulae’ in Jewellery History Today, Winter 2019 (Issue 34)
‘Biographies of Sitters’ with Sarah Howgate in Tacita Dean: Landscape, Portrait, Still Life (London: Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery, 2018), pp.222-224
Polyphonies, ed. by Tanya Bentley et al. (London: V&A/RCA, 2017)
'Claude Cahun and Gillian Wearing: Chronology' in Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask, ed. by Sarah Howgate (London: National Portrait Gallery, 2017), pp.188-199
Do, draw and make!
Do, draw and make!
From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!
Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.
Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.