Nicola Baird is PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. Hers is a collaborative project between London South Bank University’s Borough Road Gallery and the Ben Uri Gallery: Art, Identity, Migration. She holds a BA in English from Bristol University, an MA in Modern English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London and an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London.
As a writer and researcher she has worked with the Ben Uri Gallery, London, James Hyman Gallery, London, the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, Christie’s London (Modern British Art) and Christie’s Paris (Impressionist and Modern Art) and has presented at conferences at the University of Exeter and the University of Reading. Current curatorial projects include an Arts Council funded exhibition on the life and work of German émigré artist, activist and writer Fred Uhlman to be held at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum before touring to the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle in 2018. She will also assist with David Bomberg: A Retrospective, co-curated by Pallant House Gallery and the Ben Uri Gallery and due to open at Pallant House, Chichester in October 2017.
Nicola’s is a collaborative research project between London South Bank University’s Borough Road Gallery and the Ben Uri Gallery: Art, Identity, Migration.
Both Ben Uri and the Borough Road Gallery are in the possession of important work by artists whose contribution to British art history, although influential has, until now, been significantly overlooked. Ben Uri, founded in 1915 in Whitechapel, the heart of London’s East End, has, over the course of its one hundred year history acquired and continued to augment its permanent collection now consisting of more than 1300 works by émigré artists of primarily Jewish descent including Chaim Soutine, Marc Chagall, Frank Auerbach and David Bomberg. The Borough Road Gallery houses a collection of over 150 paintings and drawings by Bomberg and Borough Group artists, Dennis Creffield, Dorothy Mead, Miles Richmond, Edna Mann and Cliff Holden, among later additions, bequeathed by Sarah Rose in 2012. Eminent British artist, David Bomberg is key to both institutions’ collections.
Not strictly art historical, the project is a cultural, theoretical and art historical hybrid in which the employment of assemblage theory and Actor-Network Theory is key.
Research interests include: Modern British art, modernism/the modernist project, socio-cultural approaches to art museums/ collections of art, assemblage theory, Actor-Network Theory.