School of Arts and Cultures

Exhibiting, Curating, Siting

Exhibiting, Curating, Siting

This theme includes research into museums, archives, galleries and exhibitions. We work from a range of perspectives, including theoretical, historical and creative artistic viewpoints.

We explore curatorship as both a scholarly practice, and a creative one. Other projects explore the politics and poetics of siting art within different contexts: institutional, urban and the landscape.


Our research covers a variety of topics, including notions of display as complex text with material, spatial, political and creative dimensions.

We research the siting of art, or the artist’s response to site in relation to the semantics, poetics and aesthetics of place and the politics of placement.

This interest in siting, already implicit in museum, gallery and exhibition display practices, carries through into work in the sphere of public art.

Our work covers many more topics, which you can read more about in our researchers' profiles.

Our researchers

Richard Grayson's constructions explore subjective belief systems in contemporary art and ways in which they might constitute new models for ‘alternative’ practice.

Working from a historical approach to curating, Frances Spalding challenges preconceived views on John Piper through historical and critical curatorship.

Markus Karstiess’s ‘Corridor Plateau’ is based on an artist-led, collective approach to the creation of a 'Gesamtkunstwerk' – an exhibition in which every part is also a key to the whole.

Paul Becker engages with ‘imposture’ and the fabrication of a fictional artist’s archive. Becker explores the relationship of artist to the studio, the artist’s relationship to institutions, and the myth of the artist.

Giles Bailey challenges our understanding of the history performance. Bailey's work engages with and questions historiographic models that are traditionally linear, sequential and reductive.

Alan Turnbull is a painter and printmaker. Turnball's work combines the roles of artist and archivist to expose both the complex histories of Dresden and the subtle and nuanced relationships between poetry, image, and the translated text.

Vee Pollock work explores the politics of siting contemporary art in relation to social inclusion agendas.

Wolfgang Weileder’s AHRC-funded ‘Jetty’ project engages with the multi-faceted debate around the term Sustainability.

Chris Jones’s work brings together investigation of site, assemblage construction and 'un-monumental' form. Jones's work is characterised by small-scale, rudimentary material and understatement.

Irene Brown's research and practice is engaged with 'wonder'. It focuses on the history and philosophy of science, specifically cabinets of curiosity (wonder cabinets).

Neil Bromwich and Zoe Walker use installations, social sculptures and public performances as tools to question the limits of society and to imagine a better world. They create work that crosses between the gallery space and the public realm.

Uta Kogelsberger examines how the built environment and the domesticated landscape become physical and visual manifestations of a society’s ideology and belief structures.

Matt Stokes and Kelly Richardson use video to examine the fabrication of myths, beliefs and cultures.