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Dr Alexandra Trott


Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, Undergraduate Subject Coordinator for Fine Art

School of Arts

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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Alexandra Trott joined Oxford Brookes as Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory in January 2016. Alexandra was awarded her PhD by Royal Holloway, University of London in 2015, and completed her MA in at the Courtauld Institute in 2009.

As Subject Coordinator for Fine Art, Alexandra has a central role in running the Fine Art undergraduate programme. 

Dr Trott is interested in supervising graduate students working on a broad range of topics in British and French art from the nineteenth century to the present day. She is particularly interested to hear from students wishing to work on avant-garde communities, lesser-known figures of the avant-garde, and issues of class in western art.  

Alexandra teaches topics on art theory and practice, covering Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary art. 

Modules taught


U65595 Major Project (3rd year, Theory element)

U65571 Critical Essay (3rd year, Extended essay supervision, Module Leader)

U65503 Modernism and Avant-gardes (1st year)



P65503 Fine Art Theory 1: Topics in Contemporary Fine Art Culture

P65504 Fine Art Theory 2: Extended Critical Essay

Research grants and awards

Duncan Grant's Scoll, In Focus project, funded by Tate. 

Research projects

Alexandra is currently completing her a monograph, The Hydropathe Club (1878-1880): Anti-Art and Youth Counter-Culture in Nineteenth-Century France. This is adapted from her PhD thesis, which examined the cultural and historical contexts of the proto-anti-art collective, Les Hydropathes

She is also working on a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project looking at working class contributions to the avant-garde in twentieth-century Britain. 

She recently completed a collaborative research project examining Duncan Grant's Abstract Kinetic Collage PaintingThis was part of a Tate 'In Focus' commission. 



Book chapters

  • Trott A, 'Hydropathe caricature: Satirical portraits in France's early Third Republic' in Meijer Drees M, de Leeuw S (ed.), The Power of Satire, John Benjamins Publishing (2015)
    ISBN: 9789027202291
    Abstract Website
  • Alex Trott, 'Dynamism and Design in the Ballets Suedois's 'L'Homme et son desir'' in Christopher Townsend, Alex Trott, Rhys Davies (ed.), Across the Great Divide: Modernism's Intermedialities from Futurism to Fluxus, Cambridge Scholars Press (2014)

Other publications

Areas of expertise

Responding to her interest in contemporary art practice, Alexandra has worked with contemporary artist Eloise Hawser to help produce exhibitions for Tate Britain (Weight of Data, May-October 2015), the New Museum, New York (2015 Triennial: Surround Audience), and the ICA, London (Lives on Wire, June-September 2015).


Selected Conference Papers

June 2017, ‘Bloomsbury’s Kinetic Body: the Ballets of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell”. International Virginia Woolf Society Conference, University of Reading.  


June 2017, ‘“A Demon Dwelt in Him”: Madness, Consumption, and the Intangible Art of Fumisterie’. The City as Modernist Ephemera Conference, School of Arts & Creative Industries, LSBU. (Invited Speaker)  


February 2017, ‘Transit Vans and Origami Swans’. Visual Cultures Research Forum, Queen Mary, University of London. (Invited Speaker)  


December 2016, ‘“A Lion in the Skin of an Ass”: Fumist Paris and the Birth of Anti-Art’. Historical Modernisms symposium, Senate House, University of London 


August 2014, ‘The Cercle des Hydropathes: A Liberal Utopia?’. European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, University of Helsinki, International Conference 


April 2014, ‘Your Body as My Canvas: Collective Identity and the Hydropathe Body in the Early Third Republic’. Modernist Communities International Conference, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III 


January 2013, ‘Humour, satire and the denial of political cause in Parisian bohemian art’. University of Utrecht, Faculty of Humanities, Satire Across Borders International Conference 


September 2012, ‘Battle in Bohemia: The Hydropathe Club as Social Protest in the Early Third Republic’. University of Kent, Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements, Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest.


Selected Event Organising

‘Modernism & Ritual’, Research Panel at the European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), hosted by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Organised and chaired with Dr Essi Viitanen (UCL), August 2014.


Conference Panel organiser: ‘Modernism’s Intermedialities from Futurism To Fluxus’, Research Panel at the Association of Art Historians (AAH) conference hosted by the Open University, Kent. Co-organised and chaired with Professor Christopher Townsend and Rhys Davies (RHUL), March 2012.


Convenor of ‘Future of Arts Research’, One-day postgraduate conference, funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, RHUL, held at the British Library, November 2011.

Other experience

Teaching Fellow, Department of French, Queen Mary University of London, 2013-2015.

Associate Lecturer, Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2011-2015.

Further information

Insta: @brookesfineart