Dr Nicholas Ferguson

Associate Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Research and Writing Methods

Mr Nicholas Ferguson

Dr Nicholas Ferguson


Nick Ferguson is a London-based artist and academic. His research combines studio practice, urban theory, 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 the relationship between location-driven 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. He will be curating an exhibition and trans-disciplinary programme of events, Air Matters, Learning from Heathrow, at Watermans Art Centre between October 2019 and January 2020. The project has been developed in partnership with Watermans Art Centre, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University Earth Sciences and Richmond’s International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC). The exhibition has been awarded a Project Grant by Arts Council England.

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