Alison is an independent fashion curator, writer, lecturer and consultant based in London. She has 20 years of experience of curating, developing and producing a broad and diverse range exhibitions, site-specific installations and collaborations across artforms in London, Sub-Sharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and Europe. She has developed exhibitions in collaboration with leading cultural institutes including the Barbican Art Gallery, National Trust and MoMu, Antwerp, and she has received grants from Arts Council England and the British Council. Alison is currently a part-time PhD candidate on the Advanced Practices Programme within the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Through her curatorial projects she frequently explores ways to reach new audiences and has developed exhibitions through the format of film with SHOWstudio and worked in partnership HMP Holloway, East London NHS Trust, and Eammus homelessness charity to engage displaced communities with the arts. In 2012 she devised and launched, in partnership with the British Fashion Council, the International Fashion Showcase presenting the work of designers from over 24 countries from around the world during London Fashion Week, expanding the fashion dialogue to include countries outside of the traditional fashion capitals.
From 2013 to 2021 Alison was a member of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, UAL, where she was a Research Fellow and lecturer on the MA Fashion Curation course. She developed international partnerships with educational institutes and grant applications for her practice-based research. She previously worked in the Architecture, Design, Fashion department of the British Council where she programmed site-specific collaborations and curated touring exhibitions. In 2007 she was the Regional Arts Manager, Gulf Region, based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and in 2009 she was Acting Director, Architecture, Design, Fashion. Her work as a curator within these contexts continues to inform her practice today.