Dr Robert Burstow

Robert Burstow

Position: University Reader in History and Theory of Art

College: College of Arts

Department: Art and Design

Subject area: Art and Design

Research Centre: D-Marc

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Lecturer on undergraduate programmes, including BA (Hons) Fine Art

Lecturer on post-graduate programmes, including MA Fine Art and MA Film and Photography

Supervise MPhil/PhD post-graduate research

Stage 2 Coordinator of BA (Hons) Fine Art programme

Chair of the College of Arts Research Ethics Committee

Academic researcher and author

Independent exhibition curator

Teaching responsibilities

BA (Hons) Fine Art, MA Fine Art, MA Film and Photography and Year Zero programmes

Professional interests

The practice, theory and history of modern and contemporary art, photography and design; museology and display; historiography of art and art history; critical and cultural studies.

Research interests

History and theory of 20th century British art, especially postwar modern sculpture and its display in gallery, public and domestic contexts.

Membership of professional bodies

Association of Art Historians


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Polytechnic

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MA (with Distinction) History of Art and Design, Birmingham Polytechnic
  • PhD History of Art, University of Leeds

Recent publications

Published extensively on post-war British sculpture, including essays, exhibition and book reviews in academic journals, and chapters in academic books.

  • 'Geometries of Hope and Fear: the Iconography of Atomic Science and Nuclear Anxiety in the Sculpture of World-War and Cold-War Britain', in British Art in the Nuclear Age, ed. Catherine Jolivette (Ashgate, 2014)
  • Review of the 'New Perspectives on Joseph Wright of Derby' conference at the University of Derby, January 2012 (www2.derby.ac.uk/dmarc/conference-report)
  • Catalogue of 60 contemporary works of public art in Chesterfield Borough (www.chesterfield.co.uk/newarttrail)

Recent conferences

  • 'Barabara Hepworth and J.D. Bernal', Barbara Hepworth seminar, Tate Britain, March 2013
  • Panel member for public discussion, 'Who Owns Public Art?', Tate Britain, Jan 2013
  • 'Ben Nicholson's 'abstract' murals for modern architectural public spaces in post-war Britain', Association of Art Historians' annual conference, The Open University, Milton Keynes, April 2012

Additional interests and activities

Lectured on the lost public sculpture of Derbyshire artist Ronald Pope for the Ashbourne Festival (June 2015).

Regional Organiser of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association's National Recording Project for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (since 2006).

Peer reviewer and pre-publication advisor for journal and book publishers and for authors.

For more detail of my research interests and activities, see 'Researchers' in website of Digital and Material Arts Research Centre (accessible via 'Research' on University website - www2.derby.ac.uk/dmarc/researchers/robert-burstow).

A selection of my published articles, interviews and essays is available on www.academia.edu.

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