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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 the cubist sculptor Henri Laurens (2000), I have been researching more contemporary sculptural and object-based practices with a particular emphasis on notions of home, making and identity, and have published widely on the subject. My book Art and the Home; Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday,(I. B. Tauris 2015 – reprinted by Bloomsbury Academic 2019) 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 forthcoming book British Art of the Long 1980s: Diverse Practices, Exhibitions and Infrastructures (Bloomsbury Academic 2020) is a book of interviews with those working during the decade, that will add considerably to current knowledge and understanding of the era. 

Following co-convening the successful, international, cross-school symposia at Coventry University, I have co-edited a forthcoming edited book entitled Art and Dance in Dialogue: Body, Space, Place, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), with a chapter by me on Helen Chadwick. Other volumes that include my chapters are the forthcoming Marsha Meskimmon and Maria Photiou, eds., Between Home and the Border: Art, Migration and the Politics of Belonging, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) and Kevin Petrie and Andrew Livingstone, The Ceramics Reader (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).

I am an experienced examiner, having been external examiner at the Slade – MA Fine Art (History and Theory) and Wolverhampton University – BA (hons) Contextual Studies, and have extensive PhD supervisory and examining experience.

I am a member of the Association for Art History, and was Reviews Editor for the Journal of Visual Art Practice (2017-2020)


  • 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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