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Dr Mark Wilsher – MA Curation Subject Leader

Dr Mark Wilsher is an artist, critic and curator with a particular expertise in relational art and the politics of social-engagement. This was the subject of his AHRC-funded doctoral research and also several feature articles for Art Monthly magazine (Plywood Utopias 2006, Beyond Public Art 2009, Out of Many, One 2012).Working in many media including sculpture, drawing and live performance, Mark has exhibited at prestigious galleries including the ICA and Leeds Art Gallery. In 2007 he was awarded a fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute investigating British sculpture in the 1960s and ’70s. He also undertook research for a chapter in the catalogue for the landmark Royal Academy exhibition Modern British Sculpture (2011) on the connections between William Tucker, Julian Opie and Liam Gillick.

Having experience in practice-based research as an artist, critic and curator with a particular expertise in relational art and the politics of social-engagement, Mark’s practice is based on the belief that art is a social process and takes place in a socially embedded context in relation to its various audiences. Current research into the public and media reception of contemporary art has resulted in an article (Lost & Found, Art Monthly 2014) and exhibition project Everybody is an Curator (Minories, Colchester 2015). Read Dr Mark Wilsher staff profile.

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MA Curation Unit Tutor

Dr Judith Stewart

Dr Judith Stewart’s research focuses on the points where culture and politics collide. This has resulted in a number of projects relating to landscape, including an Orford Ness Residency, 2011, and the Of Other Spaces exhibition at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, 2014. She is particularly interested in collaboration and the role of dialogue within art practice.

Her experience of working with gallery education and socially-engaged practices as an artist, curator and researcher prompted her PhD research (2007) into the impact of the social inclusion agenda on artists and their work. Read Dr Judith Stewart’s staff profile.

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Professor of Visual Culture

Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Since completing a PhD on the Surrealist Object, Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski’s research has focused on the history and theory of surrealism leading to publication in academic journals, books and exhibition catalogues (including V&A and Barbican) as well as monographs.

Recent areas of particular interest have included the relationships between Surrealism and design; Surrealism in Central and Eastern Europe; and Surrealism and photography. Other public outcomes have included involvement in the curation of exhibitions, the writing of artists’ catalogue texts and more experimental critical writings for a range of independent journals and publications. He is also currently involved in co-editing two publications: Surrealism: Key Concepts for Routledge, as well as an encyclopaedia of Surrealism.Read Professor Krzysztof Fijalkowski staff profile..

Professor Lynda Morris

Professor of Curation and Art History

Professor Lynda Morris

In 2014 Professor Lynda Morris curated John Wonnacott & John Lessore: The Life Room and the City at Norwich Castle Museum and NUA Gallery to celebrate the 170th anniversary of NUA’s founding in 1845. She worked closely with Wonnacott and Lessore at NUA from 1980 to 1985, and understood their work in the life room as an aspect of modernity. She also contributed an essay to the major exhibition of British Painting 1950-80 launching the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur at the Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster. Genuine Conceptualism 1969-1976 was organized by the Herbert Foundation Ghent, together with a collection of Lynda’s writings on Conceptualism 1969-2014. She also wrote two new essays on the period for Frieze d/e and Texte zür Kunst in Germany.

The exhibition Dear Lynda… a documentation of her 45 years of curation beginning at the ICA in 1969, recently toured to White Columns, New York; CHELSEA space, London; the Gallery at NUA; and BQ Berlin. As an AHRC Research Fellow, she recently curated Picasso: Peace and Freedom at Tate Liverpool. Read more about Professor Lynda Morris..

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