The VMC Research Group at Northumbria provides a dynamic hub for researchers and students engaged with the historical and theoretical analysis of art, culture, design, museums and architecture. The group acts as a forum to bring together researchers across the university and offers an annual programme of events relating to current issues in visual and material culture research
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Kate Sloan

Kate Sloan is an art historian, specialising in art and technology after World War II. Her principal research interests lie in two areas; firstly, the impact of communication technologies on the visual arts and secondly, radical art school pedagogies since modernism. She holds a master’s degree and a PhD in art history from the University of Edinburgh, where she was subsequently Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-17. After teaching and course development roles at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Newcastle, she joined Northumbria in May 2020.

Her first book ‘Art, Cybernetics and Pedagogy in Post-War Britain: Roy Ascott’s Groundcourse’ was published by Routledge in 2019 and in 2017, she curated an exhibition of Ascott’s early work for the Henry Moore Institute. She has also authored several articles and book chapters on post-war art, science and technology and she has further articles forthcoming in 2020-21 on radical British art pedagogies. She is currently working on a second book project about modern art and light-responsive technologies, bringing together cybernetics and psychedelia. In 2018 she was a participant in an international symposium in Dallas, focused on György Kepes.

At Northumbria, Kate will be teaching across a number of programmes including fine art, graphic design, foundation art and supervising masters by research students. She would be very pleased to hear from any prospective PhD students in the area of modern art, particularly those interested in either technology or pedagogy.