Research in this area brings together expertise and academic interests in historical and contemporary European art.
There are large and flourishing groups of PhD students in British art and the art of the Renaissance. The British art group includes research students working on aspects of the eighteenth century, on the twentieth century and on the contemporary. Expertise exists for the supervision of research on British nineteenth-century art. A growing number of PhD students are at work on the historic art of the USA and there are close relationships with the British art group.
We benefit from being situated in a region that is particularly rich in works of art and architecture from across the European tradition.
Housed at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the UEA campus, Art History and World Art Studies has access to the impressive Sainsbury collection of artwork. Major temporary exhibitions focusing on European artists and artworks visit the Centre on a regular basis.
Our aim is to create a productive environment for staff and students who are interested in research on the visual arts of Europe, including painting, sculpture, graphic and digital media, architecture, crafts and design
Members of academic staff who are affiliates of the new Centre include:
Dr Jo Clarke, Senior Lecturer
Dr Ferdinand de Jong, Senior Lecturer
Dr Simon Dell, Senior Lecturer
Prof Paul Edwards, Lecturer in British Modernism
Prof Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Prof Sandy Heslop, Professor of Visual Arts
Prof John Mitchell, Professor of the History of Art
Dr Sarah Monks, Lecturer in European Art History
Mónica Núñez Laiseca, Curator and Tutor in Museum Studies
Prof David Peters Corbett, Professor of Art History and American Studies
Dr Margit Thofner, Senior Lecturer
Prof Bronwen Wilson, Professor of Art History
The Butrint Foundation
The Butrint Foundation aimed to use modern field methods to understand the history of Butrint and its region in its Mediterranean context. The archaeological programme has comprised three phases: first, defining the character and extent of Butrint's archaeology; second, selecting areas for selective large-scale investigation; and, third, preparing the results for publication, archiving and ordered storage at the site.
Icon? The Art of Faith in Norfolk
This project, developed in collaboration with the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery explores the diversity of religious faiths practiced in Norfolk over the centuries.
Funded by the AHRC, the 'Icon?' project will result in a major exhibition at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, opening in late 2010. A multi-faith advisory panel is closely involved with the project, which is led by Dr Margit Thofner and Dr Simon Dell.
(right) Portrait of the Maharajah Duleep Singh in ceremonial dress, by G. Beechey, 1852. Singh was the first Sikh to live in Norfolk, as far as records can establish.
Public sculpture in Suffolk and Norfolk
Spearheaded by former faculty member Richard Cocke, this Heritage Lottery-funded project recorded more than 800 public sculptures in Suffolk and Norfolk.
A digital database illustrates each of the sculptures, with maps and suggested sculpture trails available online.
Survival in the British Art World, 1800-1840: The Art and Career of John Sell Cotman October 2011-October 2014
This project will critically re-evaluate the art and career of the Norwich-born artist John Sell Cotman (1782-1842), one of the most innovative artists working in early 19th-century Britain, and a figure whose impact on the history and practice of watercolour drawing is rivalled only by JMW Turner. The project aims to reassess Cotman's significance as an artist through close analysis of his artworks and associated archival materials. In particular, the project will focus on the intersection between Cotman's artistic output, his shifting social and geographical locations, and his attempts to construct a satisfactory artistic identity for himself. As such, it is hoped that this project will offer new perspectives on the character of regional, metropolitan and national art worlds during this period, and contribute to an emergent body of art-historical scholarship which has begun to consider the relationship between artistic experience, identity and practice in Britain. As a central feature of its art collections, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery holds the bulk of Cotman's oeuvre (41 oil paintings, over 1,000 watercolours and other drawings, over 1,000 etchings). Sarah Moulden spends 2 days a week working in the Museum on these items as part of her full-time research, which will culminate in a PhD dissertation, short interpretative texts concerning selected works for publication on the Museum's website, and a focused exhibition at the Museum on an aspect of Cotman's work which has emerged from her research.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Sarah Monks (UEA). Second supervisor: Dr Andrew Moore (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery)
On Location: Art, Space and Place in the 1960s
On Location featured work from the 1960s and early 1970s by important artists including Conrad Atkinson, Iain and Ingrid Baxter, the Boyle Family, Nikolaus Lang, Robert Smithson, Alan Sonfist and Robert Watts, alongside installations by Bill Vazan and Jochen Gerz.
The exhibition was curated by Dr Simon Dell, Senior Lecturer in World Art Studies and Museology at UEA.