Benjamin Angwin

Research Group: Visual & Material Culture Research Centre
Award studied: MA by Research-completed

Project title

Pre-War Episodes of Modernism in England: An Investigation into the practices of Roger Fry and Herbert Read


Ben Angwin is a modern art and design historian and doctoral student. His broad research interests engage with twentieth-century modernist groups and the movement of modern aesthetics into the interior. Ben's doctoral research centres on aesthetic Bloomsbury, the art critic Roger Fry and his domestic experiment, the Omega Workshops. Ben explores decoration as a consciously modern activity, which directly assists in modern identity construction and reflections of the self, social presentation, intimacy, and interiority. Other research interests include London's modernist milieu, the professionalization of artist networks, alterity, amateurism, friendship, and modernist group dynamics.

Ben holds a BA Hons. in Museum and Gallery Studies (Kingston University, 2011) and an MA by Research (AHRC funded) which focussed on the origins and developments of British modernist art groups (Kingston University, 2012).

Ben has completed a collections-led research internship at Tate Britain (2013) and acted as Assistant Curator on the exhibition Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation (Tate Britain, 2014). Ben continues to perform freelance research and online publication for the Southwark Art Collection.