Hi, I'm Lesley, a creative project manager and translator in Manchester.

I'm a project manager developing a practice that engages with social history and builds collective knowledge through creative expression, and an interdisciplinary problem solver with commercial awareness from a diverse background in PR, service innovation, law and tech. For 10+ years I've been supporting cultural and educational projects in the UK and Asia. I've lived, studied and worked in Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Germany and Malaysia.

Proficient in English, Cantonese and Traditional Chinese, I've edited and translated communications for major museums, public institutions, universities and community organisations. My work of certified translation is accepted by Arts Council England.

I'm now reading museum studies at the University of Manchester, with research interests in meaning making, co-production and discursivity in art institutions and practices. I document my research and work in Cura Studies.



๐Ÿ’ก Curatorial Practice

Doctors, Devices and Discovery, Medicine Unboxed โ€“ Lifting the Lid on Medical Innovation, Manchester, 2023

Rituals of Passage - A Graduation Show of the Plague Year, Hong Kong, 2022

๐Ÿš€ Selected Projects

Programmes - Social Justice Research Fellowship / literary festival for schoolchildren / educational talks at Art Central fair

Outreach and engagement - Journal of Intersectional Social Justice / delegation of cultural management faculty and graduate students in Manchester / design research on public spaces / Hong Kong chapter of A City Made By People / Cultural Leadership Summits / Hong Kong Arts Festival / business support for London startups / journalists at international trade exhibitions

Audit and reporting - Multisensory performing arts programme

Mentoring - Help to Grow Management Course / University of Hong Kong / Enactus Social Business Mentorship Programme / PILnet Law for Change Student Competition

Community advisory - Factory International / M+ Museum learning and engagement / University of Hong Kong

Academic research - Trauma museology

๐Ÿ“š Publications

Cultural Practices, University of Manchester, 2024

Via North Point, Volume 6, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2021

DERIVAS, Dรฉrive Lab, 2018

A City Made By People, Issue 3, 2018

Journal of Undergraduate Humanities, Volume 1, Issue 1, University of Hong Kong, 2014

Young Post, South China Morning Post, 2011

๐Ÿ“Œ Exhibitions

The Hobby Cave, Hetain Patel and Artangel, London (Forthcoming 2024)

Washroom in the Woods, Hong Kong, 2022

Antipode, Poetic Journeys in Foreign Lands - A Tribute to Yasi, Hong Kong, 2018

Economy of Things, Art-chiving Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, 2017

The World in a Book, Hong Kong, 2016-2017

Elevator, Urban Islands: HKU Campus and Undergraduate Intersections, Hong Kong, 2016

Islanalepsis, Island โ€“ Stories . Life . Landscape, Hong Kong, 2013

๐ŸŽค Featured

123 Show, Radio Television Hong Kong, 2022

Summer Leadership Forum, University of Hong Kong, 2020

You and Me and Everyone We Know, Brent Love, 2020

Uitagenda Utrecht, 2015

AFP, 2014

Oriental Daily, 2012

๐ŸŽ“ Qualifications

Chartered Linguist, Chartered Institute of Linguists

Member, Arts Marketing Association

Help to Grow Mentor, Association of Business Mentors

Member, British Art Network

Member, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association

Member, International Council of Museums


MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies, University of Manchester (in progress)

Managing Creative Projects, Factory Academy, 2023

Foundation in Business Mentoring, ILM, 2023

Essential Guide to Effective Arts Management: Culturepreneurship and Other Practical Arts Management Tools, Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association, 2022

Curatorship Incubation Programme, HART, 2021

BA English Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, 2016