Visual & Material Culture Research Centre

The Visual and Material Culture Research Centre focuses on modern and contemporary histories and theories of art, design, architecture and media, cultures of display, archival practices, and curating. Working across a range of disciplinary methodologies, the Centre has a shared emphasis on Modernity and its futures encompassing local, national and transnational practices and formations, and the spaces and places of culture. Collaborative research on Dora Gordine, funded by the AHRC, Heritage Lottery, the Henry Moore Foundation and Paul Mellon Foundation, established the significance of her contribution to 20th century art, design and architecture, and to the wider cultural and political arena of Europe and Empire. In 2009, the first retrospective exhibition of Gordine’s work was held at Dorich House Museum and Kingston Museum, and in 2012 travelled to the Adamson Eric Museum, in Tallinn, Estonia. Publications include Dora Gordine, Sculptor, Artist, Designer (2007, Philip Wilson), Subtlety and Strength: The Drawings of Dora Gordine (2009, Philip Wilson) and Embracing the Exotic: Jacob Epstein & Dora Gordine (2009, eds. MacDougall and Dickson). Ongoing research focuses on Gordine’s networks, and émigré artists in Britain and Singapore.

Director: Professor Fran Lloyd.  Researchers: Professor Stephen Barber, Dr Alice Beard, Dr Jonathan Black, Professor David Cottington, Dr Irina Davidovici, Dr Chris Horrocks,  Helen Potkin, Dr Alexandra Stara, Dr Helen Wickstead.