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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 2018

Enid Marx and the Home

Racz, I. 1 Jan 2018 10 p.Coventry : Visual Arts Research, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University, in association with Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Research output: Research - peer-reviewOther contribution

Enid Marx

The Venice Biennale 2017 Viva Arte Viva

Racz, I. 1 Feb 2018 In : Journal of Visual Art Practice. 17, 1, p. 121-124 3 p.

Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Entangled: Threads and Making

Racz, I. 21 May 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : The Journal of Modern Craft. p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

J.M.W. Turner
Art History
Exhibition Catalogue

Sculptural Vessels across the Great Divide: Tony Cragg's Laibe and the metaphors of Clay

Racz, I. 23 Feb 2017 The Ceramics Reader. Petrie, K. & Livingstone, A. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Craft and the Creative Economy by Susan Luckman - Book review

Racz, I. 15 Dec 2016 In : The Journal of Modern Craft. 9, 3, p. 371-373 3 p.

Research output: ResearchBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

Activities 1998 2017

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

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Racz, I. (Editor)
15 May 2017

Activity: Editorial activity

Artists’ Critical Interventions into Architecture and Urbanism

Racz, I. (Session Chair)
15 Jul 201616 Jul 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

The Unheimlich and Consciousness in Art

Racz, I. (Speaker)
14 Jun 2016

Activity: Invited talk

The Cycle of Life in Art Literature and Science

Racz, I. (Session Chair)
1 Jul 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Journal of Visual Art Practice (Journal)

Racz, I. (Peer Reviewer)
1 Oct 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review