Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History of Art Professor co-curates Bristol exhibition

Friday, 04 August 2017

History of Art

Oxford Brookes Professor of History of Art Christiana Payne co-curated the current exhibition ‘Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art, 1768-2017’ at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 16 June – 3 September 2017. 

The idea for the show began as a sequel to ‘The Power of the Sea’ an exhibition Christiana co-curated with Janette Kerr in 2014. For the 'Air' exhibition, Christiana was responsible for curating the historic section.

Christiana commented ‘At first sight, the theme of ‘Air’ might not seem very promising for an exhibition, but the show worked by bringing out important interlinked themes in historic British art as well as tapping into the current preoccupations of many contemporary artists.’ 

A review in The Times by Rachel Campbell-Johnston describes the show as ‘a wonderfully ambitious, delightfully eloquent and ultimately successful show. It doesn’t just capture the invisible medium that surrounds us, but also those secretive expanses that lie inside our heads too. This is a show to aerate the imagination.’

Professor Christiana Payne posted about the show on the Cultural Thinking blog, to read the post click here.