Giles lectures in contextual studies in New Zealand / Pacific art and design history; Contemporary art and design history, Fashion theory, Business and Management studies, and
Arts marketing. He is also an independent curator of contemporary urban art from the Pacific Rim. His curatorial career extends over fifteen years including landmark exhibitions of national and international significance, such as Out Of the Blue (2001), Island Crossings (2000) and Urban Pacific (2007). This past year Peterson curated his first three exhibitions in the Americas including Niu Pasifik: Urban Art from the Pacific Rim at UC Davis, Samoan Art: Urban, a group exhibition at the De Young Museum, San Francisco, and Tiaho: Photography from Oceania at three venues across Mexico City and Mexico State. He is a doctoral candidate at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, and has published widely including contributions to Berg Publishing (Oxford and New York) and journals like Art New Zealand and Art Asia Pacific Quarterly. Peterson’s curatorial work can be viewed at: Creative Caribbean Network, Pacific Arts Association, Urban Pacific and his website.