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Vision Statement

I have a deep interest in objects, materials and embodied practices. Objects and sculpture are of the world and yet speak beyond the material everyday. Just as we experience the world both physically and mentally, art can trigger and enlarge these memories and ideas. I see my research as exploring part of what it is to be human.


Since completing my PhD on Henri Laurens (2000), I have been researching more contemporary sculptural and object-based practices. My recent book Art and the Home; Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday, (I. B. Tauris 2015) is a thematic investigation into how post-war British and American artists interpreted the abstract concepts that we have about the home, including enclosure, alienation, sentiment, female space, and the unmade house.

My current research has been focused on British art of the 1980s, in particular making, materials and identity. My forthcoming book Speaking of Diverse Practice: British Art in the 1980s, (I. B. Tauris, 2019) is a book of interviews that will be thematically organised, allowing for the overlaps and juxtapositions of practices to be revealed.

I am an experienced examiner, being external examiner at the Slade – MA Fine Art (History and Theory) and at Wolverhampton University – BA (hons) Contextual Studies. I served as external panel member for approving the suite of BA (hons) Contemporary Practice Progression Awards at franchise colleges for Staffordshire University (April 2015).

At PhD level, I have six completions in practice led work and art history. I am currently supervising five students. I chair PhD vivas and have examined both internal and external PhDs.

I am a member of the Association of Art Historians and panel member the Special Interest Group: Further and Higher Education.

I am Reviews Editor for the Journal of Visual Art Practice


  • Evaluating the social benefits of participation in creative community projects: Co-Supervised, cross-school PhD with Dr Philip Dunham in geography. An ERSC funded CASE Collaborative PhD with Imagineer Productions. Completed 2015.

  • The Day in a Life: An online interview for the Association of Art Historians that is one of a community of interviews where art historians describe what they do. ‘The Day in the Life of an Art Historian’.

  • Co-convened cross-school, international conference with Professor Whatley and Dr Emma Meehan: Memory ^ Sentiment ^ Body ^ Space ^ Object: Dialogues Across and Between Dance and Art, Coventry University, (2015).

  • Co-convened cross-school, international conference between Art and Design and CeDAREbody ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity at Coventry University, (May 2016)
  • Co-convened cross-school, international conference betweeen Art and Design and CeDaRE: Drawing Conversations 2: Body Space Place

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Research Output 2009 2020

Central Europe

Contextualising the Developing Self in Helen Chadwick’s Ego Geometria Sum’

Racz, I., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Art and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Object. Racz, I., Whatley, S., Crawley, M-L. & Paramara, K. (eds.). Palgrave, Vol. (In-press). p. (In-press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Helen Chadwick

Identity and (Not) Belonging: Art and the Politics of British-ness in 1980s Britain

Racz, I., 1 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Between Home and the Border: Art, Migration and the Politics of Belonging . Meskimmon, M. & Phitiou, M. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, Vol. (In-Press). p. (In-Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Rasheed Araeen
Key Words

Nostalgia, Art and the Home

Racz, I., 9 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 1998 2017

  • 14 Participation in conference
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Publication peer-review

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Imogen Racz (Editor)
15 May 20171 Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

body ^ space ^ object ^ memory ^ identity Symposium

Imogen Racz (Co-convenor)
20 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

The Unheimlich and Consciousness in Art

Imogen Racz (Speaker)
14 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The Cycle of Life in Art Literature and Science

Imogen Racz (Session Chair)
1 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Artists’ Critical Interventions into Architecture and Urbanism

Imogen Racz (Session Chair)
15 Jul 201616 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference