Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Art and Design
Esther is a curator, artist and writer and has curated at Camerawork Gallery and Darkroom, The Photographers’ Gallery, the ICA and The Royal British Society of Sculptors. Esther established two art school galleries, the waiting room, University of Wolverhampton and mirror, LCP London. She was director at Hull Time Based Arts and Co-directed, with Dallas Seitz, an artist led space 1000 000 mph, London. Esther has taught across Fine Theory and Practice for fifteen years, most recently on MFA & MA Art and Space with Cullinan and Richards at Kingston University.
Esther studied her BA at Goldsmiths where, after having Dick Hebdige and Valerie Walkerdine as lecturers, she became interested in subcultures, class and femininity. She did her MA in Photographic Studies while working at Camerawork Gallery, where she met Stuart Hall, a board member, who had a lasting influence. On her MA she had Oliver Richon and Helen Chadwick as tutors, which led her to study at The Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and on an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies with Darian Leader, Parveen Adams and Slavoj Žižek. (And to attend the lecture programme of Mark Cousins at the Architectural Association, London).
Esther's research and practice emerged from Practice based Fine Art PhD study at Kingston University, where she made text work, photography and expanded sculpture, including a novel about characters in a contemporary art world. Her Research looks at political subjectivities, femininity, re activated psychoanalytic texts and the exhibition as art work. She considers relationships of learning and art production as part of her practice. Esther has lived in Tokyo, New York and London and finds the micro cultures and rituals of international and local art worlds, fascinating.