In November 2019, I curated Optica, a long-exposure photography exhibition showcasing work from students across Durham University. I spearheaded a collaboration with Josephine Butler College Arts Society, artist Alexandra Carr, and Outstanding Art Gallery, with the project supported by Josephine Butler College Trust Fund.
As Curator, I was responsible for organising the project from start to finish. Tasks included liaising with artists, chairing the shortlisting panel, working with the printers in Newcastle, coordinating gallery installation, and hosting the launch event.
In June 2020, I was awarded Half Colours from Josephine Butler College for ‘putting arts on the map’ at the college.
I was also invited to continue my work in arts development at the college by becoming a member of the Senior Common Room.
‘Most admirable is the sheer effort and energy invested in Optica by the small, passionate team of people at work both in front of and behind the camera. Although the University might lack a formal Fine Arts programme, its students still harbour a great deal of talent.’
– Florie Moran, Indigo (November 2019)