News and Events

We Gather Exhibition

November 2021-March 2022, Crafts Council Gallery

As part of the Craft Expertise project I commissioned work by five amazing craft artists to produce pieces of work for exhibition at Crafts Council Gallery. The resulting We Gather Exhibition, curated by Rosie Ross and Griffi, was a celebration of this work and the work of influential women makers from around the world, and an acknowledgment of the inequalities in craft and how far the sector still has to go. For more on the exhibition with some photos visit the Craft Expertise website.

Restart Project podcast

September 30, 2021

It was great to talk to the team at the Restart Project about my research on inequalities in craft. A big thanks to them for inviting me to speak on their podcast. You can listen to the episode and find out more about restart on their website here.

AHRC UKRI/RCUK Innovation Fellowship – successful Phase 2 funding

May 14, 2021

I’m very pleased to announce that I have successfully secured Phase 2 funding for my AHRC UKRI/RCUK Innovation Fellowship, Supporting Diversity and Expertise Development in the Contemporary Craft Economy (Craft Expertise) in collaboration with Crafts Council UK.

The second phase begins in July 2021 and will involve a greater focus on craft social enterprises and alternative pathways to craft enterprise. More details will follow in due course.

New Books Network

August 12, 2020

I was delighted to be interviewed for the New Books Network to talk about my book, The Politics of Expertise in Cultural Labour: Arts, Work, Inequalities. In the podcast I talk to Dave O’Brien about the book and its key arguments. You can listen to the full podcast here and I highly recommend subscribing and listening to the New Books Network podcast.

AHRC Leadership Fellows project – Craft Expertise

10th September 2019

The website is now live for my new project, ‘Supporting diversity and expertise development in the contemporary craft economy’ funded by the AHRC UKRI Innovation Fellowship scheme. The project, (short name – Craft Expertise) is running from March 2019 until February 2021, and continues the collaboration with Crafts Council UK to highlight the experiences of women makers of colour in the craft economy, through interviews, ethnography, podcasts and other activities. More information about the project on the Craft Expertise website.

Summary of Creative Economy Engagement Project

8th February 2019

A summary of my AHRC funded Creative Economy Engagement (CEEF) project in collaboration with Crafts Council UK is now available on the Birmingham City University website. More details about the AHRC Leadership Fellowship, which builds on this CEEF, will be posted here soon.