I am an artist, designer and researcher with expertise in 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 Director of Proboscis and a freelance consultant, as well as a Research Associate of the Human Centred Computing research group at the University of Oxford, and an Honorary Research Associate of the Extreme Citizen Science research group at University College London.
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.
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 also been a Research Affiliate of the Crucible Network at University of Cambridge (ongoing), a Research Associate at the London School of Economics (2001-10); a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art (1998-2002); a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2007-10); and a Visiting Tutor, MA Communication Design at Central St Martins School of Art & Design (University of the Arts, London).