Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Louise Atkinson

BA (Hons) Fine Art, PhD Fine Art

I am a visual artist, curator, and researcher, specialising in the relationship between art and anthropology. I use a range of media and techniques, including artist books, postcards, drawing, sculpture, curating, and online writing. I also co-founded the online platform CuratorSpace.


My creative practice often involves collections and collecting, taking inspiration from museums and their predecessors; the Reliquary, the Wunderkammer, and the Cabinet of Curiosity. The development of museums and their links to colonialism also encompasses aspects of institutional critique, digital humanities and tourism studies.

My use of museum collections and other cultural artefacts discusses the relative value and impact of appropriation in Contemporary art. This takes into account both historical and contemporary issues, including folklore, myths, and memes.

My PhD blog is here.

Research Interests

  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • Museum studies
  • Post-colonial studies


  • Elements of Visual Culture
  • Vision and Narrative
  • Materiality and Process

PhD Thesis

Souvenirs from the British Isles: Archiving, Curating, and Collecting in Contemporary Art Practice





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