I'm currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the supervision of Dr Gordon McPherson.
My research looks at the use of autobiographical processes and structures as creative tools in my own output, in order to be more physically, mentally, creatively and emotionally involved in the work that I produce. The focus is on a holistic, fully embodied, immersive approach to my creative practice in the fields of composition and mixed media artforms.
Due to the personal subject matter at the centre of my work, I am also interested in exploring ways to connect, communicate with and interact with the audience and performers, to create more intimate experiences and to break down the barriers between composer, performer and listener. Image, perspective, experience, memory and human interaction are all influencing factors in my work.
Scottish Journal of Performance
I have been a Review Editor for the Scottish Journal of Performance since it began in 2012. The journal is open-access, published bi-annually, run by doctoral students and welcomes submissions on performance in Scotland (contemporary and historical) and/or wider aspects of performance by scholars/practitioners based at Scottish academic institutions.
My book review of Judith Rudakoff's "Dramaturging Personal Narratives", published in the journal in 2015, can be found here: Book Review
Between March and June 2016 I undertook a research internship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in association with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. I was asked to carry out research in the area of audience engagement and the result was a project entitled "Understanding and engaging with RSNO audiences, staff and collaborators".
To conduct the research I filmed interviews with 26 people, including RSNO audience members, project participants, non-attenders and RSNO musicians, before coding all of the data and writing a 4000-word report of the findings. I was also keen to display the research findings in a practical way and produced and edited a 10 minute video collated using participants' responses.
As I'm normally a practice-based researcher, this project was a great opportunity to learn new skills in qualitative research and analysis and to expand my existing research armoury. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and am grateful to all RSNO staff, SGSAH staff and RCS staff for their guidance and support.