Digital Art History (Activating Art History Event Series)

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An event to explore the different ways art history can be ‘activated’ through digital methods.

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Join us for a series of panel discussions with curators, scholars, academics and authors who have all contributed to the study of British art history through the Paul Mellon Centre Grants & Fellowships scheme.

The aim of these sessions is to give insight into the many ways in which British art history research can be ‘activated’ – whether it’s through exhibitions, books, digital projects and more. It is hoped that as well as being engaging and insightful, these sessions will also provide practical advice to those wishing to activate their own research.

Each speaker will give a short presentation on their PMC supported project before we invite questions from the audience.

Recipients of Paul Mellon Centre Digital Project Grant awards join the Centre’s Digital Producer Lucy Andia for a panel to discuss the different ways art history can be ‘activated’ through digital methods. Each speaker will give a short presentation on their Paul Mellon Centre funded digital project before questions are invited from the audience.


Adjoa Armah and Lucy Steeds

Adjoa Armah and Lucy Steeds come together through Afterall Research Centre at Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London (UAL). Adjoa pursues research on the Black Atlantic Museum initiative for Afterall, as funded through a PMC Digital Project Grant. Lucy is reader in Art Theory and Exhibition Histories at UAL and, for Afterall, senior research fellow on the Exhibition Histories publishing project. Additionally, Adjoa is associate lecturer in Fine Art: Critical Practice at CSM and Lucy convenes the doctoral Research Network across UAL.

Stacey Clapperton

Stacey joined Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in September 2019 as the first of four Collections Online Early Career Research Fellows, a position funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Studies and the Marc Fitch Fund. Prior to that she was an Art Researcher at HENI working on behalf of The Estate of Francis Bacon and HENI Talks, a non-commercial initiative dedicated to sharing insights about art history on film. She was awarded her PhD in Art History from the University of Glasgow in 2019 and is currently Assistant Curator at Watts Gallery – Artist’s Village.

Cathy Courtney

Cathy Courtney is Project Director of Artists’ Lives, which she and others established in 1990, an on-going oral history project for National Life Stories, based at the British Library. Now numbering over four hundred in depth audio life recordings, averaging 20 hours each but many considerably longer, the project captures, via informal conversations, the life stories of artists and those whose careers are associated with them. CC was co-curator with Elena Crippa (Curator Modern and Contemporary British Art) of the exhibition Artists’ Lives: Speaking of the Kasmin Gallery at Tate Britain (2016-2018) presenting extracts from Artists’ Lives alongside works in Tate’s collection. She is also Project Director of a sister NLS oral history project, Architects’ Lives. She is a Trustee of the Jocelyn Herbert Archive (theatre design) now housed at the National Theatre Archive.

Image: We are grateful to Eddie Chambers for letting us use his image from Manchester in 1989 of this poster, which reproduces the work of Sonia Boyce to promote 'The Other Story' exhibition.

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