Visual & Material Culture Research Centre


PhD Students

Current Students


Ben Angwin - A Problem of Place: (Re)Locating The Omega Workshops into the Modernist Field of Artistic and Cultural Production


Maria Aroni - Curatorial Aesthetics in post-conceptual exhibition-making: When Attitudes Become Form: Works – Processes – Concepts – Situations- Information (Live in Your Head), (1969); Les Immateriaux (1985); Documenta 12 (2007)


Laura Elliott - The V&A and Transatlantic Exchanges in 'Modern' Art and Design: 1945-1955


Lucia Farinati – Audio Arts Archive: its legacies and trajectories


Gareth Fletcher - An analysis of the semiotics of provenance information in establishing symbolic and economic value for objects within the Near Eastern antiquities market


Robert Garnett The work of contemporary art criticism


Sarah Hayward - Langdon Down's Normansfield Theatre: An Interpretation of Heritage


Nina Holmes - Irish Government Health Ephemera (1970s–1990s)


Marianne Keating - Redressing the Balance: Representing Caribbean Whiteness and the Irish Diaspora in Jamaica through visual and material culture


Pirkko Koppinen - Trajectories of Museum Objects: A Study of Alexander MyyrylŠinen's Tannery, the Tannery's Logbook, and the Iso-Pappila Open-Air Museum in MŠntyharju, South-Eastern Finland


Christina Lambrou - Landscapes of peripheral modernism in the paintings of A. Diamantis


Amber Lamonby-Pennie - Cultural Production in the Digital Age: Art, Design and Fashion School Narratives


Katya Micallef - Understanding the context of contemporary visual art in Malta from 1989 to 2015: A curator’s perspective


Joana P. B. Neves - A dialogic study of Etienne-Jules Marey’s graphic and photographic images in relation to the use of the line and the trace in abstract and conceptual art


Kaja Pawelak - The City as Stage: Reading Poland’s post-socialist transformation through art practices in (and on) public space in Warsaw


Anne Pfautsh - The Tradition of Social Documentary Photography from the GDR and its Impact on Contemporary Documentary Photography


Stephanie Stroh - Theatricality and embodiment in post-museum practice - PhD (AHRC funded)


Rosamund West - London County Council housing schemes and public art, 1943–1965

Graduated Students

Karima Al Sholemy - An Intimate Object: A Practice-based Study of the Emirati Burqa (PhD, 2016)


Benjamin Angwin - Pre-War Episodes of Modernism in England: An Investigation into the practices of Roger Fry and Herbert Read. (MA by Research, 2013)


Jim Backhouse - The ‘Collective Phantom’: Convergent Networks, counterculture and the recomposition of the radical political subject (MA by Research, 2012)


Kathryn Baird (nee Main) - To what extent is there an opportunity for contemporary art consumption among London-based small to medium enterprises (SMEs)? (MA by Research, 2008)


David Cowlard - Photourbanism Documentary Photography and Urban Thinking (MA by Research, 2010)


Ruth Debney - Personality, Patronage and Publishing: The Creative Relationships of Artist, Writer and Publisher in the Formation of Artistic Publishing in Fin de siecle London (MA by Research, 2008)


Anthony Escott - Alan Cuthbert: Colour Theory and Practice and English Art School Change in the early 1960s (PhD, 2005)


Hazel Frizell - Representations of specific concerns of the women's liberation movement in British feminist art, 1970–1978 (PhD, 2009). Further details


Mercy Kagia - Documenting Daily Life through Reportage Drawing (PhD, 2013)


John Keefe - A Spectatorial Dramaturgy: Ethical Principles of Recycling, Habitus and Estrangement ( PhD by Publication, 2013)


Juliette Kristensen - Writing Acts: The Rise of Mechanised Writing and the Body of Modernity, 1711–1905 (PhD, 2012S)


Rahat Masud - Materialising the Spiritual in Contemporary Painting in Pakistan: An Artist’s Exploration of Figurative Art and Sufism (PhD, 2010). Further details


Rosalind McKever - Futurism and the Past Temporalities, avant-gardism and tradition in Italian art and its histories 1909–1919 (PhD, 2013)


Patrick O'Neill - Investigating the 1980s Hollywood Teen Genre: Adolescence, Character, Space (PhD, 2016)


Daniel Palmer - Exhibiting Practice: Retrospective Survey Exhibitions of Conceptual Art 1989–2000 (PhD)


Mary Pearce - Colour and Communication in Twentieth Century Abstract Art (PhD, 2001)S


Alice Planel - Artists of Algerian origin exhibiting in France in 1989–2012: An analysis of selected artists’ work and its reception – the urban, the home and the Arab woman, and the ‘global’ art world (PhD, 2014)


Ann Rau Dawes - Milein Cosman: A Critique of the Biography and Representation of the Jewish Émigré Artist 1939–1959 (MA by Research, 2013)


Alexandra Reynolds - Crowdsourcing, Curating and Network Power: Towards a Critical Crowdsourced Cultural Archive (PhD, 2016)


Michael Robinson - The Dealer System in Early 20th Century Britain (MA by Research, 2005)


Yoshiko Shimada - Gendaishicho-sha Bigakkō: Undercurrents in Japanese Art and Politics from 1960 to 1975 (PhD, 2015)


Lina Stergiou - The Concept of the Avant-Garde in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Architecture. History, Theory, Criticism (PhD, 2015)


Eliza Tan - Yoshiko Shimada: Art, Feminism and Memory in Japan after 1989 (PhD, 2016)


Valerie Webb - Representations of Class and Gender in Selected Paintings of London Interiors by Artists Belonging to the Camden Town Group (MPhil, 2003)


Jane Wildgoose - Collecting and Interpreting Human Skulls and Hair in Late Nineteenth Century London: Passing Fables & Comparative Readings at The Wildgoose Memorial Library. An artist's response to the DCMS Guidance for the Care of Human Remains in Museums (2005) (PhD, 2015)


Sarah Zaidan - The Adventures of MetaMan: The Superhero as a Metaphor for Modern Western Masculinity (1940–2010) (PhD, 2011) Further details.


Aleksandra Zavjalova - Small voices, big narratives: Problems of remembering and identifying the Post-Soviet Space. The case of Stalinist architectural ensemble in Sillamae, Estonia (MA by Research, 2013)