Talks & lectures

I have given lectures & informal talks and participated in panels and in-conversations on everything from peer-led learning to digital rights to contemporary portraiture. Audiences have included art world peers, university students, young people and the general public.


TE TUHI TALKS, August 2017

In August 2017 I spoke at Te Tuhi in Auckland as part of their annual Talks Series. This hour-long talk about peer-led learning and partnership projects reflected on my experiences working on the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project in London; piloting Kaldor Public Art Project’s Regional Youth Engagement Program; and my current role as Young Creatives Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The talk was followed by a workshop with youth educators and public programmers from across New Zealand.




ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES: Fresh Faces - New thinking on portraiture SYMPOSIUM, 9 AUGUST 2014

A symposium presented as part of the public program accompanying the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s Archibald Prize exhibition.

My paper, 'This book is not what I’m looking for in a book of portraits!’: reflections on 21st Century Portraits’ reflected on the institutional and theoretical concerns that informed the development and publication of 21st Century Portraits. As a book produced by the National Portrait Gallery London, what were some of the political and curatorial considerations that shaped its making? As a survey of contemporary art made since the year 2000, what were some of the significant social, geo-political and art historical developments that had to be addressed? In researching, considering, debating and ultimately writing about this diverse collection of portraits, I suggest that 21st-century portraits – the publication and the art – are ultimately studies, not of the sitter, but of this particular 21st-century moment and its viewer.

Full program here.


ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND: Building Digital Capacity for the Arts series, 17 July 2012

In 2012 I was invited by Arts Council England to present a case study on, the online community and resource for young people that was developed as part of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project. This 15-minute talk focused on digital rights and intellectual property.


Guest Lecturer, National Institute for Dramatic Arts, 2008

In this role I presented a series of lectures to post-graduate Theatre Directing students on emerging trends in contemporary art as part of their Design program.