I am a freelance consultant specialising in international cultural projects and a researcher in the theory of arts policy formation. I was the founding director of Fotofeis, the award-winning international biennale of photo-based art in Scotland (1991–1997) and, more recently, director of the Australian Centre for Photography (1998–2011). I began my career in the documentary film industry working for Films of Scotland, a not-for-profit company originally established by John Grierson. My educational background is in photography, natural philosophy, history and film and I have worked as an artist, curator, writer, editor, researcher, policy advisor and commercial photographer.
I believe passionately that art is the language of the many and not the luxury of the few. It is the way we speak to ourselves of ourselves – locally and globally. So I have stepped out from the institutional art-world framework to develop projects that help build intercultural connections in the great conversation of life. I have a particular focus on Latin America, NE Asia and, more recently, southern Africa, but also work on projects in Europe and North America.
I travel a lot. It is always the people I meet rather than the places I visit that make the biggest impact on me.