Cinema Arts


My most recent publication is the chapter 'Michael Chapman's Rauschenberg' in the book Scenography and Art History, ed. von Rosen and Kjellmer, Bloomsbury Press 2021. In this chapter, I examine the art historical roots of the famous penultimate scene in Martin Scorsese's iconic movie.


My forthcoming publication is 'Art and the Historical Film: Between realism and the Sublime', to be published by Bloomsbury Press. Here I look at art and mise en scene in the historical film, featuring films including Meek's Cutoff, The Night of Counting the Years and The Baader-Meinhof Complex


My best-known publication is Art History for Filmmakers, Bloomsbury Press 2016.


I started curating film programmes when I finished film school and ran various pop-up cinema/screening manifestations in London, Berlin and elsewhere. My most recent major role was as a producer and programmer of the #TimetoAct film festival, organised by the Foreign and Colonial Office with the BFI in Nov 2018. 


As a filmmaker and curator, I combine my interest in cinema and fine art. Interested in Humanities, since I majored in History and Literature (Drama) with a minor in Philosophy,  I later studied Filmmaking and began to work as a filmmaker in art film, factual and documentary.

II did a Studio Master of Fine Art: on the subject of  site-specific art and the question of "documentation into art: documenting ephemeral and site-specific work." My Master's thesis was the exhibition The Derelict Sensation, together with a written thesis that formed the basis of and a series of short films collected together as Black Moon RIsing: La Luna Nera.

 I work on the relationship between art (particular painting and art history) and cinema, publishing books and curating projects. Film curating, screenings, workshops and more.


II teach film and media at the University for the Creative Arts and have taught at Central St Martins, SAE and Roehampton. I've lectured at the National Gallery in London and I developed a masterclass for the National Film and Television School.






Curated Exhibitions and Projects

2018 #TimeToAct PSVI Film Festival, BFI Southbank

2018 Art and the Urban Symposium, Senate House London

2016 Women on Screen, Hackney Picturehouse

2012 Night of the Black Moon, site-specific video outdoor multi-screen installation

2012 The King's Land Site Specific mural project, Laburnum Street Hackney London. 

2010 Films About Cities: London and Helsinki TINAG Festival London

2011 "rip it up, mash it up, stick it up!" Studio 75 London

2011 Prospero's Library, Book Art. Studio75 London

2008 Schematic: Eric Raymond. Canada House London

2008 Schematic: the machine that moves us, SPACE London

2008 "Postindustrial Baroque" Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

2008 "The Newspaper House: Sumer Erek" Gillette Square, London  and Liverpool Biennial


1997-2009 Luna Nera 

Selected Commissioned Publications

"Apocalypse Colour" Colour and Film Blog BAFTSS 2018
"Painting, Cinema, and The Exchange of Cultural Value", The London Film & Media Reader Vol. 5, ed. Phillip Drummond, London Consortium Publishing, 2017
Art History for Filmmakers Bloomsbury 2016
Review: Frieze London – a good education in how the art market works A-N 17 Oct 2013
Nam June Paik: Retrospective" A-N Feb 2011
“I Am Here ” Critical Cities vol. 2 ed. Deepa Naik & Trenton Oldfield, Myrdle Court Press 2010
"Stefanos Pavlakis: Artist of the Month" Axis Sept 2010
“Over site? Site Specific Art Today” Arts Professional Jan. 2010
“Overflow: Ima Pico and the digital mural” Catalogue essay for Overflow, an exhibition by Ima Pico, Milton Keynes Contemporary 2009
Schematic catalogue essay 2008


Canada Council for the Arts, Critics and Curators Award

I have sought and received funding from the Canada Council, British Council and Arts Council of England, as well as many private foundations. My MA and PhD artistic research projects have been funded by the AHRC.


BA University of British Columbia
MA University of Toronto
BA (Film) University of Westminster
MA Fine Art London Guildhall University

PhD Roehampton University
Certificate Independent Curating Central St Martins
Certificate Instructional Skills, Ministry of Education, Gov't of BC
Teaching Certificate (Lifelong Learning in Further Education) University of Greenwich

SEDA Roehampton University with full HEA Fellowship status



University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Central St Martins

Roehampton University


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