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Madeline Yale Preston | Photography Specialist | Arts Advisor | Consultant 

Writing and Publication Management

Offering a broad range of writing and editorial services including exhibition catalogues, monographic essays, interviews,  surveys,  reviews,  biographical, promotional  and  educational material, copy and content editing. 

 

Clients comprise artists/photographers, galleries, public and private institutions, archives, auction houses, publishing houses, newspapers, magazines and journals. Selected institutional and commercial clients include The Third  Line, Meem, Danziger, Sharjah Art Museum, Noor Ali Rashid Archive, Taymour Grahne, Tashkeel, Stux, Houston Center for Photography, Routledge, Kehrer Verlag, Fresco Books, Canvas, Revista Carbonos, Tribe, Art Dubai, and Contemporary Practices.

Curatorial, Collection & Archival Services

Full scope of curatorial services from conception to exhibition completion. Services include defining the aims, objectives and scope of the exhibition to align with funding and the organisational mission; sourcing, selecting and editing work; full exhibition design, installation and lighting; authoring text for exhibition, fundraising, and PR platforms; and public programming. 

 

Offering expert art advisory services to private, corporate and public clients internationally. Experience in sourcing, negotiating, purchasing, inventorying and appraising artworks; long-range exhibition planning; developing collection and archival management schemes; guiding and informing clients about artists and artworks.  

 

Particular expertise in contemporary photography and photography from the Middle East. Madeline has  curated and co-curated more than 35 exhibitions on photography and related media in the US, UK and  UAE. She has worked with the Sharjah  Art  Museum  and  Noor  Ali  Rashid  Archives  (2013-14:  lead curatorial consultant and co-author, Noor Ali Rashid); the Cleveland Museum of Art (2014: advisor, acquisition of  Middle  Eastern  photography); Bonhams (2011-12  London  and  Dubai; consultant specialist, photographs); Victoria and Albert Museum (2010-11: advisor, Light from the Middle East); Art Dubai (2010: author; 2012-14:   consultant, curator-led programming for VIP collectors); Evans Gallery/Photographic Estate  of  Todd  Webb  (2000-1:  manager,  in-house  Estate  appraiser;  2016: advisor),  Salt  Institute  for  Documentary  Studies  (2005: consultant,  strategic  planning  for  the  photographic archive); Special Collections at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library (2005: advisor, archival practices, photographs collection); the Portland Museum of Art (1998-2000: author, exhibition texts for educators); among others.

Professional Development for Artists

Working with artists/photographers to identify opportunities and strategically engage with the photographic community; providing guidance on building, editing and sequencing portfolios; developing artist statements; structuring editorial and promotional material for various media platforms. 

 

With over 5,000 portfolios reviewed at events like FotoFest, Photolucida, Critical Mass, Society for Photographic Education, Rhubarb Rhubarb and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Madeline is actively engaged with and passionate about seeing work, building relationships in the community and nurturing talent.

Fundraising & Non-Profit Management

Helping  organisations  to  develop  and  manage  strategies  for  stability  and  growth.  Leadership in capital, annual fund and membership campaigns; corporate sponsorship; non-profit and for-profit auctions; board and donor prospecting; fulfilment initiatives; grant writing and fund management. Ability to create and implement workflow schemes and standard operating procedures – from endowments to general operations to database management.

 

With 10 years’ director-level experience, Madeline has successfully stewarded non-profits by providing leadership, fiscal management, strategic planning and vision. As Executive Director for Houston Center for Photography, Madeline diversified funding streams and doubled the organisation's budget in 4 years. As Director of Donor Fulfillment for Young America/NYYC America's Cup, Madeline managed fulfillment initiatives for the $US 45m campaign, prospected and cultivated donors including HNW individuals. Madeline has raised $US 1m in small and medium-sized grants from private, corporate and government funds in education, the environment and the arts.

 

CV available upon request.