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BA Curatorial Studies

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Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.

Academic Staff in the Department

Academic Staff

  • Dr Lisa Blackmore - Lecturer in Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Dr Gavin Grindon - PGT Director for Art History (AU), Centre for Curatorial Studies Director (AU)
  • Dr Matt Lodder - Director of American Studies, Undergraduate Admissions Selector
  • Dr Caspar Pearson - Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Centre
  • Dr Diana Bullen Presciutti - Director of Education and Progress Officer (SPAH); Director of Undergraduate Studies (Art History); Director of Liberal Arts (ISC)
  • Dr Natasha Ruiz-Gómez - Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century and Modern Art (on leave 2016-17)
  • Dr Michael Tymkiw - Co-Director, Centre for Curatorial Studies (SP), PGT Director (SP)

Emeritus Professors

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Teaching Fellows

Visiting Fellows

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Art Exchange gallery

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Our University gallery Art Exchange runs an exciting programme of exhibitions and artist and curator talks - allowing our students to see art works first hand as well as to gain work experience.



The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is a unique research and teaching resource giving our students the chance to engage with over 750 artworks from 1900 to the present.

Banksy’s Dismaland

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Read about our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director Dr Gavin Grindon curating the Museum of Cruel Designs as part of artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition project at Weston-super-Mare.

AHRC funding

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Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).