Date of birth      27/11/73


2012 – 2019

PhD at UCA approaching Architecture as an Artist, exploring DIY, customisation and the social life of buildings.


Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Art, Design and Communication, University of the Arts London


MA in Fine Art, (Painting) The Slade School of Fine Art


BA in Fine Art 1st Class, (Painting) The Slade School of Fine Art

Barbaresi & Round

I have worked (not exclusively) with Rachel Barbaresi since 2004. The collaboration formed out of our shared interest in Architecture and identity of place.

Selected Exhibitions and Projects


Habitat: Degree 51N / -0E is a project with the film-maker Michael Hrebeniak as part UCL’s public engagement programme at UCL East. We are working at the intersection of allotment gardening and migrant communities. With a local primary schools we have developed a structure from materials encoding past histories that will serve simultaneously as a space for growing and projecting a film collage exploring allotment oral histories.

2022 July

Home in Mind was a CCW Funded Research project based at Safe House 1 in Peckham. As Barbaresi & Round, we are exploring, what is the relationship between the physical structure or framework of the home and the narrative of personal life? Safe House 1 shows a home stripped back and exposed with the bones of the house laid bare. It tells a story of a house without giving the shelter and nurture that it was designed for, inviting us to speculate and project onto its surfaces. We are interested in re-imagining the domestic space with the freedom that this transitional shell of home allows. We are working with the artist and Oxford-based community activist Junie James of ACKI (African-Caribbean Kultural Initiative). She will present work in a dialogue with ours reflecting on memories and loss in relation to the role of the home for the migrant experience.

2022 Jan – April

Transcription: Decolonising the Museum was a CCW EDI funded project for Foundation students, with the artist and Senior Lecturer Raksha Patel, based on working with decolonial readings of objects from the British Museum and the National Gallery. The project culminated in a co-curated exhibition in the Foyer Space at Camberwell College of Arts promoting a dialogue between BA and Foundation Painting students around decolonial practices.

 2020 – 22

Over lockdown Barbaresi and I have been working with one another’s domestic imagery and materials, exchanging digital images of drawings and physically posting one another left over DIY samples. Through the work, we have been questioning, how do the DIY situations, mess, or unresolved physical forms in our home space relate to the flux of family life? This exchange has been documented on our Instagram sites.


The Generation Exchange was an exhibition and project based at Wimbledon Space, as Barbaresi & Round. We worked with senior citizens in the borough of Merton by bringing them together with 2nd year Painting students. Collectively we researched material based on the river Wandle and developed work for an exhibition at Wimbledon Space.

We put on a discussion event with Dr Claire Robins from the Institute of Education, which gave a historical overview to participatory practice and placed the project within the context of the history of collaborative learning. The project was funded by a Teaching and Learning award from UAL.


Viva Exhibition at The Brewery Tap in Folkestone. I constructed an archive of my practice-based research in the form of a fictional house inside the gallery.


Workshop, for What happens to us, a project by Amy McDonnell and Marsha Bradfield in Wimbledon Space. We explored through dialogue and practice what might happen when you bring notions of Painting and Democracy together.


Swimming in the Cathedral, for Acts Reacts 2 residency in Wimbledon Space. I made a fabric piece, based on the internal concrete struts of Crystal Palace Sports Centre. The making process, closing event and discussion provided an opportunity for Theatre and Fine Art students to come together, generating a cross-disciplinary dialogue.


Where clouds are made… at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, was a Barbaresi & Round project funded by RWE npower and South Oxfordshire Council to mark the end of Didcot A Power Station’s working life in March 2013. We worked extensively with employees, retired employees, residents and primary school children to present different perspectives on the life of the power station. For more information see our project blog


UCA Research Students Exhibition, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham


Artists and Architecture, Bedlam Gallery, Brunel University.


Oxford/Paris correspondence was based on a dialogue between these two cities whilst I lived in Paris and Barbaresi lived in Oxford, recorded in our blog This exhibition on two sites at OVADA, Oxford and Lagalerie, Paris developed from parallel explorations of the edges of the cities. We collaborated with the brother and sister performance artists Philippa and Charlie Jefferies, to link the two sites with a virtual performance. The project was funded by the Arts Council and Oxford City Council


Besame Mucho Mas, performance and installation event, Chats Palace, London Participating artists   included Spartacus Chetwynd, Brian Dawn Chalkley and Marcia Farquar


E8, the Heart of Hackney, at Transition Gallery, London. Participating artists included Tom Hunter, Walk walk walk, Emily Cole and Laura Grace Ford and Hillary Jack. Barbaresi & Round contributed a chapter to the accompanying publication, which includes texts by Iain Sinclair and Ruth Jarvis


Sprawl/what gets carried by the river, solo show at The Slade school of Fine Art.


Celeste Art Prize finalists show, London


New for Old, OVADA, Oxford, our accompanying publication Thamesmead Project 05 was discussed by Owen Hatherley in his book, Militant Modernism.


Oxford 2015, Modern Art Oxford, we presented The Twinning of Oxford and Thamesmead.

Conference Presentations and Lectures


Adventures in Post-Soviet Space lecture and discussion event with the architecture writer Owen Hatherley for the Painting Research thematic Ruin at WCA.


The Everyday – or what happens when nothing happens a 1st year contextual studies lecture at WCA.


Ruin – I took part in the opening event for the current Painting Research thematic Ruin at Wimbledon presenting research around the closure of Didcot A power station.


Neighbourhood Watch was a talk and discussion event at Modern Art Oxford with Ben Highmore, hosted by Barbaresi and Round. Highmore discussed Tom Phillip’s project based on his neighbourhood of Camberwell to consider what it means to live under conditions of urban change.


Ladybird Modernism, I hosted a lecture and discussion event with John Grindrod as part of WCA Painting Research thematic Punk in the Suburbs at Wimbledon.


Borderlands: Collage into Painting I gave a presentation at Wimbledon considering destruction and rebuilding in the city as a type of large-scale collage.


The London Conference of Critical Thought, at Goldsmiths University of London, my paper was titled, Satellite dishes are wonderful! reflecting on the value and status of residents’ additions to their homes.


But how will we know when we are nearly home? considered changing notions of place around the closure of Didcot power station, at the UCA Conference


And where do we go from here? the UCA Research Conference, I was part of the steering group organising the conference, this involved selecting papers, and inviting the keynote speaker, Jane Rendell.


Towards a Progressive Arts Education at The British Library. For this conference I presented a summery of my findings from the RAS project (see above).


The UCA staff conference, CUSTOMISE! I presented a paper on the Berlin housing development of Neue Kreuzburg Zentrum, as a site of domestic creativity influenced by its political, geographic and historical situation.


The UCA student conference, The Post-Completion Life of Buildings.


09/23 – present

Interim Senior Lecturer, Cross-Course 3rd year Fine Art Camberwell College of Arts.

I lead on the written elements of the 3rd year – the major dissertation unit and the contextual part of the BA show. This involves managing a cohort of 270 students and a team of 50 staff. I have curated a complex programme of lectures and workshops and managed parity towards the BA grading.

09/22 – 09/23

Senior Lecturer Cross-Course 2nd year Fine Art Camberwell College of Arts.

I co-led the 2nd year academic programme.  Successes of the year include the programming of unit 6, with both UAL and external lecturers speaking to different modes and approaches to collaboration. For unit 7 we placed a particular emphasis on supporting dyslexic and neurodiverse students in their writing practices, working with alternative ways of approaching writing as a strength. This led to a co-presentation at The London Conference of Critical Thought with two 2nd year students on Embodied Writing / Writing as an Artist / Performing the book. I led on the live project part for unit 8, introducing this option and leading a session on planning for it into the 3rd year.

06/20 – 06/22

Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art Painting, Camberwell College of Arts. I supervise a 3rd year group supporting dissertations, work experience and live projects. I also run a 1st year studio-based tutor group, deliver lecturers and events and interview prospective students. I have been involved in supporting ‘at risk’ students cross course and during lockdown I ran a workshop as part of ‘Portable Practices’ for the 2nd year, considering ‘Practice as Dialogue’ – how the processes of exchange and conversation can be the subject of work.

06/17 – 06/21

Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art, Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts. I taught across the course with tutor groups in the 3rdyear contextual studies programme, supervising a group for their major critical project, as well as for the 1st year studio programme. I presented and hosted events as part of the Painting Research programme, including ‘Adventures in the Land of the Soviets’ with Owen Hatherley as part of ‘Ruin’ and ‘Ladybird Modernism’ with John Grindrod, which placed 60s architecture and technology in a childhood imaginary.

01/15 – 06/17

Senior Lecturer, 2nd Year Leader, BA Painting WCA. I was the academic lead for the 2nd year. This involved: managing a staff team teaching into the stage, overseeing the tutorial and assessment processes for the core studio units, running a cross-disciplinary group of Fine Art and Theatre students for the unit Understanding Collaborative Practice. I also supported students for the professional practice part of stage 2 as well as taking part in curriculum planning and development. As a member of the core Painting team, I also taught into the MA Painting.

09/11 – present

Associate Lecturer, CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon) Foundation Art and Design.

09/09 – 06/11

Acting Senior Lecturer 0.6 Painting, Foundation Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts

2002 – 2009

Camberwell College of Arts, Associate Lecturer, Foundation Art and Design

2004 – 2009

Thames Valley University, 0.6 Lecturer, I ran the Fine Art area on Foundation Art and Design, was contextual studies coordinator and gave lectures for the BA Community Arts programme.

2003 – 2007

Young at Art, University of the Arts London for this programme I ran week long summer courses for 14-18yr olds as part of the widening participation programme for University of the Arts London


Painting Tutor – The Slade School of Fine Art, Summer School.

Educational Research

2011 –2013       RAS project (research, achieve, succeed)

This was a research project for University of the Arts London, which explored the support that Black and Asian students receive in developing their concerns as artists in relation to issues of culture and creativity, within Fine Art courses at CCW. The scope of the project focused on the transition from Foundation to 1st year BA. I presented my findings at the UAL conference, ‘Towards an Inclusive Arts Education’ at the British Library. Following the research project, I made a successful funding bid with UAL to support the findings in course involving an event with Hew Locke at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Judging Panel   IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) Creative Scholarship Competition, Chicago, 2006    


The Boise Scholarship, a travel bursary which enabled 3 months of travel in Italy looking at the medieval city state, 1997

The Coldstream prize, The Slade School of Fine Art, a purchase prize for UCL’s collection, 1996