The Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures’ (IVAC) Research Centre at Richmond University provides a framework for bringing together researchers, scholars and practitioners engaged with visual imagery and associated cultures in the broadest sense, across disciplines. IVAC’s mission is to explore the plurality of visual arts and cultures in all their aspects, from production, history, theory, media and practice to dissemination, impact, public engagement and potential futures. One of IVAC’s main objectives is to organise research and scholarly initiatives of international significance including at least one annual conference and two visiting professorships, the one a leading scholar, the other a leading professional, as well as public lectures, exhibitions, seminars and film screenings.

The IVAC Research Centre is closely affiliated with the University’s MA in Art History and Visual Culture, MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and BA in Art History and Visual Culture.

Students enrolled on these programmes and alumni are automatically members of IVAC as junior research colleagues. IVAC offers continuing support for alumni in their professional development including networking and guest lecture opportunities.

IVAC Membership

Full-Time faculty:

Adjunct Faculty:

  • Dr Nicholas Ferguson
  • Mr Tom Flynn
  • Mr Sam Hepworth
  • Dr Piola Massarotto
  • Ms Chino Otsuka
  • Dr Deborah Schultz
  • Dr Fred Vermorel
  • Ms Rahana Zaman
  • Rose Davey
  • Aislinn White
  • Dr. Ali McGilp

Dr Alex Seago
Blow Up: Photography and the English Cultural revolution of the Early 1960s
Dr Deborah Schultz
Learning through Artists’ Books
Dr Robert J. Wallis
Destabilising the Universality of Art/Shamanism: from Cave Painting to the White Cube
Dr Dom Alessio
Easter Island and the Lost Continent of Mu
Dr Nicola Mann
From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey towards Liberty
Charlotte Bonham-Carter
Did Cultural Policy Under New Labour Encourage the Instrumental Use of Contemporary Art Galleries for Social Objectives?
Nick Ferguson, Goldsmiths College
The Aesthetics of Indifference
Dr Fred Vermorel
Michael Whittaker
Keynote – Dr Will Brooker, Kingston University
Keynote: Building a better Batgirl – ‘My So-Called Secret Identity’
Keynote – Rafal Niemojewski, Serpentine Gallery
Catching up with Practice: A New Approach to the History of Exhibitions and Institutions of Art in Relation to the Changing Ecology of the Expanded Artistic Field

IVAC Events

Dr Who, Season 1, Episode 6, “DALEK”

Robert Charles Shearman
4:30pm, Room 108, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus

Robert Charles Shearman (sometimes credited as Rob Shearman) is an English television, radio, stage play and short story writer. He is known for his World Fantasy Award-winning short stories, as well as his work for Doctor Who, and his association with Jarvis & Ayres Productions (Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres) which has resulted in six plays for BBC Radio 4, broadcast in the station’s regular weekday Afternoon Play slot, and one classic serial. He is speaking on November 22nd in Briggs 108 on his Dr Who episode (the new season 1, ep. 6, “Dalek”) which will be screened before the talk:

Toward a Minor Curating: The Representation of Amazonian Indigenous Cultures in Art and Anthropological Exhibitions (1984-2010)

Dr. Cynthia Lana, Kings College, London, 5 Dec, 17:00, 17 Young Street Seminar Room 1

Trussardi: An Italian Family Fashion Business

Gaia Trussardi, Former Creative Director of Trussardi S.p.A , Richmond Hon. Professor and Alumna, Fri 30 Nov, 10:30, Briggs Hall 216

Working Holiday: Labour and Leisure in Trap

Dr. Paul Rekret, Professor of Politics, Richmond University, London, 28 Nov, 18:00, Briggs Hall 216

Distracted Perception: Digital Streaming and Time

Dr. Paul Rekret, Professor of Politics, Richmond University, London, 26 Nov, 18:00, Briggs Hall 216

Reflections On ‘Celtic’ Art

Dr. Jody Joy, Senior Curator, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, Wed 21 Nov, 13:30, 16 Young Street, Thackeray Seminar Room 1

Methods of Ideating: Conceptual Thinking in an Overloaded and Digitally Fatigued Society

David Meyer, Assistant Professor, Studio and Digital Arts, Liberty University, Virginia

Mon 12 Nov, 17:00, Upper Art Studio, Atlantic House

Y’all & Bro: Understanding Visual Stereotypes and Design Culture in America

David Meyer, Assistant Professor, Studio and Digital Arts, Liberty University, Virginia

Thu 8 Nov, 17:00, Upper Art Studio, Atlantic House

Art and Design Trip to St. Ives

Dr. Nicola Mann and Dr. Alex Seago

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Nov (see:

Rags and Rock Art: The Landscape of Holy Site Pilgrimage in Kazakhstan

Dr. Kenneth Lymer, Graphics Officer, Wessex Archaeology, Mon 5 Nov, 12 noon, 17 Young Street, Seminar Room 1

Failure as a Catalyst for Innovation
Wayne Garvie, President, International Production at Sony Pictures, 3rd December, 15:00, Library Lecture Theatre 1, Hill Campus

Visualising Power: American Indian Art

Dr. Max Carroci, Chelsea School of Art and British Museum, Mon 15 Oct, 13:30, Briggs Hall 108

Day trip to Uffington White Horse Chalk-Cut Hill Figure and Avebury Henge World Heritage Site

Dr. Robert Wallis and Dr. Alex Seago, Richmond University, Sat 6 October (see)

London Design Festival: ‘The Salon of Materials Consequences…’

The Salon of Material Consequences is an entertaining evening of live readings by authors, featuring design fiction, speculative writing and excerpts from recently published books on materials. The theme is our relationships with materials and their consequences…. There will be stories, writing about materials, from materials, charting social collaborations with materials and writing that explores the future of our material use…

This event is curated and compered by Dr Jane Norris, Associate Professor at Richmond University (RUAIL) @Janeviatopia and it is hosted by the premier Italian furniture brand Cassina in their flagship showroom as a  featured event in the Brompton Design District during the London Design Festival.


Friday 21st September 2018, 6.30 – 8.30pm, 238-242 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2BB

The evening is co-sponsored by Richmond University’s IVAC (Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures) and the specialist beer company Toast Ale, an award-winning craft beer brewed with surplus fresh bread.

Maquettes by

Paul Andriesse
Noah Angell & Adam Laschinger
Antoni & Alison
Giles Bailey
Walter Benjamin
Lucy Clout
Debbie Cook
Sara Deraedt
Sean Edwards
Paul Elliman
Patricia Esquivias
FuchsBorst (Martin Borst and André Fuchs) Babak Ghazi Tom Godfrey Lucy Gunning & Robin Klassnick Ben Hart Tamara Henderson Jackson Hoad Will Holder
Ken Hollings
Chloe Hough
Alin Huma
Leonard Koren
Akira Kurosawa
Ghislaine Leung
Gareth Long
Kianoosh Motallebi
David Osbaldeston
James Richards
Jimmy Robert
Mai Spring
Francesca Tamse
Anne Tetzlaff
vier5 (Marco Fiedler and Achim Reichert) Eleanor Vonne Brown Natsumi Watanabe Lillian Wilkie
Arranged by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Richard Bevan, Tamsin Clark & Matt Fitts
Opens Sunday 15th April 12-6pm
Continues until 25th May
Wednesday – Friday 12-6pm
The Block is located at
Door 1, 165 Childers Street SE8 5JR
For further information email
or call 0208 692 8139

*Storyboard for Ran by Akira Kurosawa

The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures and the Art Exhibition Society are delighted to announce: ‘Working in the Art World’
A workshop exploring the knowledge, skills and experience required to work in today’s fast-paced international art world.
The professional exchange and networking workshop brings together alumni from the MA in Art History and Visual Culture, and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, who are now working in the field, to discuss their experience.
These panel members include, Margaree Cotten (Artist and Client Registrar, Gagosian Gallery), Kate Scott (Marketing and Research Manager, Tanya Baxter Gallery), Yoanna Ivanova (Gallery Operations Officer, Ben Uri Gallery), and Dr. Arlene Leis (Independent Scholar).
Discussants for the event include IVAC Visiting Professor, Dr. Anne Massey (Emeritus Professor, Middlesex University) and Aislinn White, Assistant Professor at Richmond teaching the ‘Working in the Art World’ course.
The event will include the launch of the Working in the Art World students’ podcast of ‘live’ interviews with people in the art world.
Complimentary drinks will be available.
The event is a collaboration between IVAC and the Art Exhibition Society.
Please save the date:
18:00, 18 April 2018, Asa Briggs Hall Cafe, Kensington Campus.

Issue 7 of British Art Studies is now live! 
Professor Alex Seago is a contributor to this Conversation Piece on 1960s London Style convened by Professor Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and published in the latest edition of British Art Studies.
Alex’s co-edited volume Pop Art & Design has recently been published by Bloomsbury.

Publication & Launch of Pop Art & Design edited by Anne Massey & Alex Seago
This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions seeking out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas. Confronting the all-pervasive `high art / low culture’ divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book’s central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design, and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject. The book launch is on November 30th at 7pm in Asa Briggs Hall.

PowerPoint Presentation
Prehistoric Phalli:
Changing Interpretations of Ancient Art & Sexuality
Dr Helen Wickstead, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University
15:00 MON 20 NOV 2017

Exhibition Opening:’Kill the Indian, Save the Man’
Serena Katt, Adjunct Professor, Richmond Playground Gallery , Dalston Private view: 3 November, from 19:00 Open 4-5 Nov, 12:00 – 18:00.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Serena Katt and ceramic artist Ester Svensson. It will be comprised of a ceramics and illustration installation, and also be the launch event for Katt’s limited edition book “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”, (designed by the brilliant Joe Pielichaty), from which the exhibition takes its’ title.

PowerPoint Presentation

On Friday 13th October, one member of the electro comedy duo Cassetteboy will speak in Dr. Nicola Mann’s AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture class. Cassetteboy are known for their ‘mashups’ of celebrities such as David Cameron and Alan Sugar.
Several of the duo’s videos have gone viral, securing millions of views on Youtube. Cassetteboy are perhaps best known for their”Cameron’s Conference Rap” (2014), featuring cut-up clips of the then British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the annual Conservative Party Conference, set to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.
Join us to discuss issues connected to culture-jamming, online cut and paste mischief-making, and political humour in visual culture!
Day: Friday 13th October
Time: 12:30-13:00
Location: LEC 2, Taylor Library, Hill Campus.

IVAC EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH OF Dr. Paul Rekret’s ‘Down with Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence’
The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) is delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Rekret, Associate Professor of Politics, will be launching his new book, ‘Down with Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence’ (Repeater Books) on Monday 2 October, 6pm, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus. All are welcome.

Publication & Launch of Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts edited by Charlotte Bonham-Carter and Nicola Mann
The book reveals how the ‘social value of art’ may have one meaning for a policy maker, another for a museum and still yet another for an artist – and it is therefore in the interaction between these agents that we learn the most about the importance of rhetoric and interpretation. As a trajectory in art history, socially engaged art has a long and established history. However, in recent years—or since ‘the social turn’ that occurred in the 1990s—the rhetoric surrounding the social value of art has been assimilated by cultural policy makers and museums.  Interdisciplinary in its approach, and bringing together contributions from artists, curators and academics, the volume explores rhetoric, social value and the arts within different social, political and cultural contexts.
The book launch is on Friday 22 September at 5pm in the Asa Briggs Social Space, Kensington Campus.

Gaia Trussardi, IVAC Visiting Professor, awarded Honorary Doctorate
25 May 2017
Gaia Trussardi was appointed the Creative Director of Trussardi Group in February 2013. In this role, she supervises all creative aspects for the renowned fashion house, from the conception and development of collections to style and advertising campaigns. Gaia joined in the family business at a very young age. Over the years, she has worked in all areas of the company’s creative and production process – from materials selection to stylistic decisions – gaining great entrepreneurial expertise and perfecting her trend‐setting approach. Gaia Trussardi is currently a member of the Board of Administration of the group. Gaia, who earned a degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Richmond, is a keen observer of lifestyles and trends in various cultural areas such as fashion, society, communications, and music.

‘Portrait (for a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon’ Tenderpixel
4 May until 3 June 2017
Opening Wednesday, 3 May, 7–9pm
Chess Club, screening at Close-Up Film Centre, 27 May, 1-3pm
Richard Bevan & Wolfram Wiedner, Erika Blair, Bronwen Buckeridge, Alejandro Cesarco, Alice Channer, Lucy Clout, Mike Cooter, Melanie Counsell, Haris Epaminonda, Matt Fitts, Anne Hardy, Etan Ilfeld, Lauren Keeley, Gareth Long, Sara MacKillop, Lorna Macintyre, Jonathan Monk, Madeleine Pledge, Laura Reeves, Giles Round, SMT, Hayley Tompkins, Rhianna Turnbull, Phoebe Unwin, Stuart Whipps, Lillian Wilkie
Eight year old Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. —Blurb from The Queen’s Gambit, Vintage Books edition
The Queen’s Gambit was written when Walter Tevis’ previous novels were known more for their film adaptations – The Colour of Money, The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth. The novel follows the life of Beth Harmon, an orphan who is discovered to be a chess prodigy, from the age of 8 through to adulthood. The book was praised for the accuracy of its portrayals of the professional chess circuit and the internal workings of the mind of a chess player (Tevis himself was a class C chess player). The screenplay of the book has had a troubled past, with Tevis himself writing a synopsis and script in 1984. Most recently Heath Ledger had been working on it as his directorial debut at the time of his death in 2008. Portrait (for a screenplay) of Beth Harmon is an ongoing project inviting artists to read the book and is a way of expanding the character of Beth. Beth Harmon was fascinating, but she only existed on those 243 pages of the novel. Beth’s chess is subtle and intricate, like chamber music. She has a visual sense of the powers the pieces exude over the board as she moves them into place and once the rules are mastered there’s a sense of moving freely and her play becomes beautiful. In the Queen’s Gambit Walter Tevis invites us to hear Beth thinking. We are aware of how Beth’s mind is supple, reactive, alert to possibility. We are also worried for her, the fear of failure is ever-present. In turn the exhibition becomes like Beth’s mind, a space in which reading and thinking are opened out. Each artist has responded by making a new piece. Ideas are still felt to be fresh here. The invitation to make a portrait imposes a loose framework for artists to work amongst and perhaps suggests a different approach to making. It could be a small detail from the text that provides the impetus: a metaphor of a polished diamond, a vivid creme de menthe green, a sample from the West Side Story soundtrack or a piece of clothing Beth might wear. There are also moments when we glimpse Beth’s likeness: one work imagines a casting call for her role while another briefly adopts her persona. The works in this exhibition are an evocation of Beth Harmon, they begin to set the scene but they won’t elucidate as the blurb of a book does. They are not in themselves portraits, but studies, notes in the margins, dog-eared pages and collected Post-it notes towards the idea of a portrait. Each piece will have its own backstory. Avenues might open up, or else close in, like a tough chess game.

Richmond Professors Richard Bevan and Rehana Zaman will take part in Multiplexing II at Cineworld Glasgow on Tuesday 21st March

LUX and LUX Scotland are pleased to present MULTIPLEXING II, an itinerant moving image project developed by artists Richard Bevan, Rebecca Birch, Kathryn Elkin, Ian Giles, Thomas Lock, Edward Thomasson, Richard Whitby, Rehana Zaman. Using the architecture of a multiplex cinema as the site for a conversation between seven works, the viewer is invited to move between separate screens of the cinema. The event reconstitutes the industrial structure of the multiplex as portmanteau – seven works as one work.
Bevan, Birch, Elkin, Giles, Lock, Thomasson, Whitby and Zaman were participants of the LUX Associate Artist Programme in 2013–14. LUX’s unique post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image was facilitated by the influential artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer, Ian White (1971–2013) from 2007 to 2013. MULTIPLEXING emerged from this programme and was first presented at PeckhamPlex in South London in late 2014. Presented for the first time in Glasgow four years after White’s untimely death in 2013, this restaging provides an ex-citing opportunity to reflect on his legacy – in particular, his approach to group learning and radical pedagogy.
The project is supported by the Elephant Trust.

Senior Curator (Archaeology)
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology University of Cambridge
The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) is delighted to announce that Dr. Jody Joy, Senior Curator (Archaeology) at the Museum of Archaeology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge, will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Reflections on Celtic Art: A Re-examination of Mirror Decoration, in March. Dr. Joy has published widely on Celtic Art in Britain, including the monograph ‘Reflections on the Iron Age: biographies of mirrors’ (Oxford 2010). Before joining the MAA, Dr. Joy was Curator of European Iron Age Collections at the British Museum, London.
TUESDAY 14 MARCH 2017, 15:00 

‘Cultivating Curiosities’
Emily Vigor, MA
Emily Vigor graduated with an MA in Art History from Richmond in 2007. She has since gained an MLIS (Emphasis in Archives) and worked at the Weinstein Gallery, Academy of Art University and currently as a Collections Archivist in the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California at Berkeley. During a one month sabbatical in England in order to catalogue a collection of architectural drawings based in Somerset, Emily will visit Richmond’s Kensington Campus to talk about her work in this exciting field of visual arts curating. The lecture is part of the Research and Professional Practices Seminar Series for the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and is hosted by Richmond’s IVAC: The Centre for International Visual Arts and Culture.
11:00 MONDAY 17 OCTOBER 2016

Katie Hall graduated from Richmond, the American International University in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture. While at Richmond, Katie worked as a Collections Intern at the National Trust, which cemented her love for collections management. In the four years since returning to the United States, she has navigated her way through the museum world and now holds the position of Registrar for Collections at the Arkansas Arts Center. As Registrar for Collections, Katie oversees the museum’s collection, which boasts a number of renowned works including drawings, contemporary craft, paintings, photographs, and prints. In this lecture, Katie will discuss her experience transitioning from academia to the museum workforce, her professional experience after graduate school, the role of the Registrar in a museum, and answer questions about the field of collections management.
18.00, Thursday 21 April, Asa Briggs Hall 210

Visiting Professor & Richmond alumna Gaia Trussardi ‘Clothes & Culture : Wearability & the Democratic Spirit’
On Friday 15 April at 11.30 in LT 17 Young St Visiting Professor & Richmond alumna Gaia Trussardi will be presenting on ‘Clothes & Culture: Wearability & the Democratic Spirit’
This is an IVAC event in collaboration with MKT 5410 Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods class.

Cutting, Arranging and Pasting:
Displaying Graphic Culture in the Collection of
Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818)

Dr Arlene Leis
In this lecture I consider researching archives and collection management, focussing on the collection of Sarah Sophia Banks, the sister of the celebrated botanist and patron of the natural sciences, Sir Joseph Banks. Comprising an early form of scrapbook, Sarah Sophia’s repository contains a rich assemblage of commercial materials, including playbills, admission tickets, broadsheets, newspaper clippings and trade cards – works which, although never displayed within the exhibition arena, hold considerable art-historical value. However, even as the scrapbook approach that Sarah Sophia employed for systematizing her collection makes it seem a particularly personal enterprise, we should also view it as a mechanism that brought the public domain into the domestic sphere. Not only did this important collection play a significant role in the construction of genteel ideals of femininity, it simultaneously exhibited traces of the wider graphic culture from which it was born.
Dr Arlene Leis graduated with an MA in Art History from Richmond in 2008 and completed her PhD at the University of York in 2013. In 2014, Arlene was awarded a Paul Mellon Post-doctoral fellowship, and in 2015 she held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. She recently completed the first manuscript draft of her book, ‘Sarah Sophia Banks: Femininity, Sociability and the Practice of Collecting in Late Georgian England’.    
17.00, Tuesday 12 April 2016, 216 Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington

Violence is in the knowing: The Trauma Landscapes of Santu Mofokeng
MA in Art History and Visual Culture, Richmond University
PhD Candidate in Contemporary Art History, University of Illinois
Richter’s research examines the trauma landscape photography of South African artist, Santu Mofokeng. This body of work captures people-less landscapes from South Africa and Nazi Germany. Photographing Robben Island, Auschwitz, the Vlakplaats, and the Concentration camps at Brandenburg over time, the landscape is eroded, worn down, and changed but the memory attached to the landscape remains. The ontology of the landscape incorporates both this physical erosion (erasure) and the unchanged memory or the memory of an unchanged landscape forever stuck in trauma. The quotidian quality of Mofokeng’s landscapes are sharply altered by the textual captions which shock, they are Barthes’ punctum which forces the viewer into a contemplative realization that this has been and that this was once the site of unfathomable violence; violence that is not shown but one that his captions evoke. If violence is in the knowing, how do these landscapes challenge our relationship and understanding of place? The purpose of this lecture is to discuss how Mofokeng’s use of black and white photography is a visual trope that paints race onto people-less landscapes and forces viewers into contemplation regarding the traumatic memories inherent in daily sites. The power in these photographs lies in the way that they force a renegotiation to place. Mofokeng believes that violence is in the knowing and once there is knowledge of trauma, how can a place stay the same?
5pm, 5 April, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus

Book launch of Dr. Wallis’ Historical Dictionary of Shamanism
A remarkable array of people have been called shamans, while the phenomena identified as shamanism continues to proliferate. This revised and expanded second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert Wallis includes hundreds of new cross-referenced dictionary entries on individuals, groups, practices and cultures that have been called “shamanic”, a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive annotated bibliography. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Shamanism.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016

Dr. Robert J. Wallis to deliver The Alfred Levitt Memorial Lecture on Prehistoric Art at the University of Mary Washington:

Dr. Robert J. Wallis will deliver The Alfred Levitt Memorial Lecture on Prehistoric Art at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, on 1 February 2016. Entitled ‘Art and Shamanism, from Cave Painting to the White Cube’, this public lecture will introduce aspects of Wallis’ research critically examining the representation of art and shamanism as timeless, universal features of human experience with an apparently immutable relationship from prehistory to the present. In this lecture Wallis focusses on how the history of thinking on prehistoric cave art has contributed to the entanglement of the terms shamanism and art, and the impact of this presumed affinity on how certain contemporary artists are presented as ‘shamans’ today.
Following his lecture at UMW, Wallis will attend the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C., 3-6 February, where he will meet prospective students and host a reunion for alumni from the MA in Art History and Visual Culture, and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, on Fri 5 February. Prospective students and alumni interested in meeting Dr Wallis can contact him directly,
Dr. Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences, at Richmond.
MA VAM student visit to Agnes Martin exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Modern, Mon 28 Sep:

Dr Mann co-organiser with Dr Annita Ventouris, The Psychology of Happiness and Wellbeing: Young Children, Play and the Arts conference (draft title), Richmond, The American International University in London, March 2016 – details to follow

IVAC collaboration with South London Gallery on Professional Practice Day Workshop for MA VAM students – Date TBA

MA VAM student study trip to The World Goes Pop exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Britain, Mon 16 November 2015:

East End Graffiti tour led by Dr Nicola Mann, for MA VAM, BA AVC and Art Appreciation Society students, Fri 13 Nov 2015

MA VAM student study trip led by Dr Robert Wallis, to Celts: Art and Identity, British Museum, Mon 2 Nov 2015:

MA VAM student study trip to the Venice Biennale, led by Dr Oonagh Murphy, 27-30 October 2015:

MA VAM students to attend Grayson Perry lecture: ‘downloading from your head’, Saturday 24 October 2015, 13.30–14.30, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum:

Student study trip to St Ives, Cornwall, led by Dr Nicola Mann, for MA VAM, BA AVC and Art Appreciation Society, 8-11 Oct 2015.

MA VAM student visit to Museums Showoff 20, led by Dr Oonagh Murphy, Tuesday 29 Sep 2015:

Dr Nick Ferguson:
Futuro Estate. 2015. Fibreglass, steel, fittings. Maraya Art Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Commissioned by Dr Alexandra MacGilp and the Maraya Art Centre for the exhibition Imitation Game 2015.

MA VAM student study trip led by Dr Oonagh Murphy to Frieze art fair, Thu 15 Oct: VAM students to attend Grayson Perry lecture: ‘downloading from your head’, Saturday 24 October 2015, 13.30–14.30, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum:

Ms Chino Otsuka:
Exhibition: Contemporary Japanese Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US, 6 October 2015 – 21 February 2016
Exhibition: Art Tower Mito – Contemporary Art Center Mito Arts Foundation, Japan, 1 August – 18 October 2015

Lecture by Anna Douglas, curator of the ‘Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men’ exhibition, Photographers Gallery London, 17 Jul – 20 Sep 2015, Wednesday 16th September

MA VAM student visit to Agnes Martin exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Modern, Mon 28 Sep:

MA VAM student visit to Museums Showoff 20, led by Dr Oonagh Murphy, Tuesday 29 Sep 2015:

Conference: ‘What is this Pop? Pop Art and Pop Design’: co-organised by Dr Alex Seago (Richmond University) and Dr Anne Massey (Kingston University), 29 Nov 2013. See for copy:;

Conference: ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’: collaboration with University of Northumbria and Glydwyr, 20 March 2015. See for copy:;

Thursday 17 September, 19.00-20.30

Wellcome Collection, Euston

Dr Robert J. Wallis to speak at Wellcome Institute on ‘Rituals in the 21st century: continuity or reinvention’

Wallis will be part of a panel of three anthropologists discussing ritual today in response to the exhibition of Alice Anderson’s work, ‘Memory Movement Memory Objects’, currently on show at the Wellcome Collection. Wallis’s contribution will introduce the anthropology of ritual and focus on the re-use of shamanism by Western practitioners and contemporary artists. Tickets are available for the event on Thursday 17 September, 19.00-20.30 at the Wellcome Collection, Euston.
Dr. Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond University. He is interested in the archaeology and anthropology of art and religion with a particular focus on prehistoric rock art, shamanism and animism, and the uses of shamanism in society today. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Wallis is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, chapters and other publications, and five books including A Permeability of Boundaries? New Approaches to the Archaeology of Art, Religion and Folklore (Oxford 2001), Shamans/neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans (Routledge 2003), Historical Dictionary of Shamanism (Scarecrow 2005), and Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (Sussex 2007). He is currently working on a monograph critically examining the interface between shamanism and art, from prehistoric cave painting to the contemporary art gallery.

THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015, 18.00


A Lens-Based, Non-Profit, Start-Up: 

FotoFocus in the Realm of the International Art Fair

The FotoFocus Biennial launched in 2012 to present a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a non-profit organization, FotoFocus is dedicated to sponsoring and providing funds to institutions to produce photography exhibitions and events that are artistically and intellectually engaging, while also being enriching to a large and diverse public. For example, most recently FotoFocus was a proud supporter of the Screenings during Paris Photo LA in April 2014. In this lecture, the Executive Director of FotoFocus introduces the project, examines its contributions to date, and considers and its position as an international art fair.

Mary Ellen Goeke has worked for over twenty-five years with museums and art organizations in New York, Chicago, Hartford and Cincinnati. She has held a number of positions at the Cincinnati Art Museum and at the American Federation of Arts in New York, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the Terra Museum of American Art/Musée d’Art Américain in Giverny. She established a private consulting practice in Cincinnati in established 2001. She graduate with an MA in Art History at Richmond University in 2006. Her thesis examined fine art museums and early 20th century photography: Aesthetics, Taste and Cultural Distinction: The Museum of Modern Art and An American Place Gallery, New York, 1929.

All are welcome. Wine will be served.

20 March 2015

Professor Dennis de Caires and Dr Deborah Schultz co-organised a one day conference at Richmond on 20 March 2015 focusing on ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’.

The conference was supported by the International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) research cluster and brought together artists, academics, museum curators and students from the UK, Switzerland and Germany to explore the many varied ways in which artists’ books operate as forms of collaboration.

Papers discussed collaboration in terms of word-image relations and combinations of materials, as well as the collaborative processes that underpin the production of artists’ books. Four of the papers were collaborative acts in themselves, involving two or more presenters. Thus both the books produced and the processes function as dialogues, in which ideas are exchanged and generated.

The conference concluded with a reception in the new space in the Asa Briggs building, where Nina Rodin (Trelex Residency, Switzerland) curated an exhibition of artists’ books, and Tamsin Clark (Tender Books, London) hosted a pop up of her Cecil Court bookshop.

Dr Mann co-organisor with Charlotte Bonham-Carter (Central St Martins) of panel “The Institutionalization of Social Practice”, College Art Association 104th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. February – copy could be taken from:

21 November
IVAC Lecture, Dr Arlene Leis, Cutting, Arranging and Pasting: Displaying Graphic Culture in the Collection of Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818)

12 November 2014  
Jennifer R. Henneman, Queens, Cowgirls, and Courtesans: The Democracy of the Late-19th Century Shop Window,
Dr Arlene Leis, Cutting, Arranging and Pasting: Displaying Graphic Culture in the Collection of Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818)

2 October 2014
Interrogating the Global Cultural Network of Cities With Ulrike Chouguley

6 AUGUST 2014  

15 JULY 2014  
Starting from Scratch: Entrepreneurial Moves in a Contemporary Art Career
Jess Van Nosstrand

24 MARCH 2014

IVAC Conferences

London is Open: Cultural Diplomacy post Brexit 27.03.2017
Richmond held a conference, London is Open: Cultural Diplomacy post-Brexit on 27 March 2017 at the Kensington Campus.
The well-attended event included contributions from: Mafalda Damaso, Goldsmiths University; Mike Clewley, Cultural Tourism Officer; Amanda Decker, Greater London Authority; Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art of the Underground, Transport for London; Richard Dufty, Senior Producer, Battersea Arts Centre; Chair Simon Rofe, SOAS; Aimee Fullman, University of Westminster; Ellen Wettmark, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden and Rebecca Walton, Regional Director EU, British Council
The conference was organised by Dr Martin D. Brown, Dr Nick Ferguson and Dr Oonagh Murphy, in collaboration with the International Visual Arts and Culture, and the State, Power and Globalisation research centres, and with generous support from the Gul Tokay & Birgan Iseri funds.

Increasing Happiness and Wellbeing through Arts Participation & Play Conference
Friday 18th March 2016

Richmond, The American International University in London, Lecture Theatre, 17 Young Street, London, UK, W8 5EH
9.30-10.00: Registration
10.00-10.15: Introduction
10.15-11.15: Jocelyn Dodd and Dr Ceri Jones, University of Leicester
“Mind, Body, Spirit: How Museums Impact Health and Wellbeing”
11.15-11.30: Break
11.30-12.30: Dr Tim Lomas, University of East London
“Positive Art: Artistic Expression and Appreciation as an Exemplary Vehicle for Flourishing”
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.30: Eithne Nightingale, Queen Mary University of London & the V&A
“Memory, Migration and Creativity”
14.30-15.30: Hilary Jennings, Happy Museum Project
“Stewardship, Citizenship and Resilience”
15.30-15.45: Break
15.45-16.45: Charlotte Derry, Independent Play Specialist
“Play Development and Creative Heritage Projects, More Playful Playtimes”
16.45-18.00: Reception
This event is sponsored by the Gul Tokay Fund, the Richmond Psychology Association, and the International Visual Arts & Culture (IVAC) research centre at Richmond, The American International University in London
The event is free and open to all.
If you plan to attend, please register via Eventbrite

Conference: ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’: collaboration with University of Northumbria and Glydwyr, 20 March 2015. See for copy:

Conference: ‘What is this Pop? Pop Art and Pop Design’: co-organised by Dr Alex Seago (Richmond University) and Dr Anne Massey (Kingston University), 29 Nov 2013. See for copy:;