The Centre for Contemporary Art is based in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, and draws together researchers from a range of departments including International Relations, Modern Languages, English, Film Studies, Anthropology, Management, and the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA). The Centre also works in conjunction with the Harry and Margaret Boswell Art Collection in the School of Art History, which contains artworks by contemporary Scottish practitioners including Toby Paterson, Lucy McKenzie, Elaine Shemilt and Maud Sulter. The Centre’s main aim is to provide a space for staff, undergraduates, post-graduates and post-doctoral researchers to come together and share their interests and expertise in contemporary art, and to devise new programmes and projects in this constantly-evolving field of study.

Key themes and issues include:

  • Technology and digital media
  • Feminism, gender and sexuality
  • Globalisation and the transnational
  • Art and politics

We aim to explore these themes though a combination of:

  • Reading groups
  • Research seminars and invited talks
  • Conferences and symposia
  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards
Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth Project, 2018

The Centre is run by a committee, which comprises the Director (Catherine Spencer, Art History), Assistant Directors (Sam Rose and Stephanie O’Rourke, Art History), and Outreach Officer (Kate Keohane, Art History). The internal member of our advisory board is David Evans (Modern Languages) and the externals are Dr Kirsten Lloyd (Lecturer, Curatorial Theory and Practice, Edinburgh University) and Dr Ruth Bretherick (Research and Interpretation Curator, Fruitmarket Gallery).