I am an artist and designer with expertise in research, strategy, analysis, problem-solving, innovation, engagement, facilitating collaboration & project management. My practice is based on creative vision, collaboration, research and design which often leads to processes of storymaking. I am fascinated by how people create and share knowledge, stories and experiences – what they value and why. I aim to make the ephemeral and invisible tangible; to give shape and form to abstract knowledge and unfathomable experiences; and to allow us to perceive the world and our relationships to it anew.
I am Founder/Director of Proboscis and a freelance consultant.
In 1994 I founded Proboscis – a non-profit creative studio based in London, UK which I continue to co-direct. I have devised and led numerous transdisciplinary and cross-sector creative projects, working with funders and partners across the arts, business, academia, civil society and government. In 2005 Proboscis became the first artist-led organisation to be given “Independent Research Organisation” status by the UK Research Councils. In 2019 I co-founded the transdisciplinary research group Manifest Data Lab at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London with Professor Tom Corby, where I was the Specialist Researcher in Art-Science at CSM (2019-22).
I was elected a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in 2008 for my “contribution to community development through creative practice”.
I have been a Research Associate of:
- the Human Centred Computing research group, University of Oxford (2016-18)
- the Extreme Citizen Science research group, University College London (2014-18).
- the School of Computer & Information Science, Birkbeck University of London (Creativeworks Entrepreneur-in-residence 2014-5)
- the Crucible Network, University of Cambridge (2010-)
- the Media & Communications Dept, London School of Economics (2001-10);
I was a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art (1998-2002); a Visiting Tutor in Design at Goldsmiths University of London (2007-10); and a Visiting Practitioner in Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2015).