Dr Nicholas Ferguson

Associate Professor of Research and Writing Methods

Mr Nicholas Ferguson

 Dr Nicholas Ferguson

Nick Ferguson is a London-based artist and academic. His practice combines urban theory, artistic research methods, pedagogy and outreach events in order to understand the relationship between art, space and power.

His doctoral thesis, Indifference. Art, Liberalism and the Politics of Place, (2015) examines the legacy of classical liberal thought in contemporary art commissioning. Through a series of cross readings between philosophy, aesthetics and political geography, it traces a relationship between place-making art practices and classical liberalism’s conceptualisation of the way territory might function in a market society.

Recent and ongoing projects focus on London Heathrow, its neighbourhoods and airspace. Central to this research is the analysis of air as a locus of political struggle, and the potential of art to ground understanding of this theme in the authority of experience. The expectation is an exhibition and trans-disciplinary programme of events in late 2019.

Faculty Research

Ferguson N. 2017. ‘The Monuments of Kings Cross. a Visit to the New Ruins of London’. Journal of Cultural Geography. Vol. 34 No.1. Feb. 2017
Ferguson. N. 2015. ‘Futuro Estate’. In: Imitation Game, curated by Alexandra MacGilp, Maraya Art Park. Sharjah, UAE.
Ferguson, N. 2015. ‘Speedscaping’. In: Macay, R (ed.). 2014. When Site Lost the Plot. Urbanomic.
Ferguson, N and Kim, K. 2015. ‘P/U/B -Topos. Art Research, the English Public House and the Dialectics of Drunken Knowledge’. Transvaluation. Making the World Matter, Gothenburg, May 2015
Ferguson. N. 2015. The Mobile Landscape. Performance and online artwork at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston upon Thames. Available here.

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I teach on:
Research Methods

Some of the courses I teach:
Research and Writing Methods

Research Cluster:
International Visual Arts and Cultures

Research Interest & Expertise:

  • contemporary art
  • cities
  • eighteenth century philosophies of vision
  • art and the public sphere
  • arts policy and the social impact of the arts
  • research methodologies