James Brown – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

As a Senior Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies, l teach modules for the practice based disciplines and on the BA (Hons) History of Art and Design programme.

I joined the University in February 2018 from Plymouth College of Art, where I taught Critical and Contextual Studies across art and design subjects for eleven years. I also have extensive experience teaching in the discipline at a range of HE institutions including Lancaster University, Leeds Metropolitan University and UCLAN.

My research addresses art history and cultural theory, focussing on the late-twentieth century. My PhD research concerns the ‘decline of art criticism’ in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s, and the relationships between criticism and the art market.

I am particularly interested in developing collaborative research skills in undergraduate art and design students through both curricular and extra-curricular projects.

Academic qualifications

  • MPhil - Lancaster University
  • BA (Hons) - Lancaster University
  • QTS - Plymouth Marjon University

Professional memberships

  • Member - Association of Art Historians


  • ‘Between Production and Display: On Teaching Curating to Fine Art Students’, What is Research-led Teaching: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives (Crest/ GuildHE: 2013)
  • ‘Modern Painters & the Sensation Effect’, The Arts and Popular Culture in History (University of Plymouth Press: 2013)
  • ‘The Burlington Magazine and the ‘Tate Bricks’ Controversy’ (May 13th 2014)
  • ‘The Rise and Fall of American Art, 1940s – 1980s. A Geopolitics of Western Art Worlds. By Catherine Dossin’, Book Review, The Burlington Magazine (August 2016)
  • ‘Modern Painters and the Art Market’ (working title) in Bowman, Matthew (ed.) The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (I.B. Tauris: 2018/19).

Research and academic outputs

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