Awardees | 2019
Christy Anderson, professor in the department of art at the University of Toronto, examined the variety of maritime spaces in England and abroad, looking first at the ship as one of the most important types of built structures that extended English political and economic ambitions abroad. Her research sought to provide a new maritime history of England’s early modern architecture, encompassing the built structures as well as the urban and rural spaces that made England’s naval strength possible.
Gavin Davies, PhD candidate in the department of the history of art at the University of Exeter, examined board gaming in metropole Britain as a cultural phenomenon explicating these networks, and in the process producing, disseminating, and construing imperial relations through play, ca. 1750-1914. By reading games in relation to contemporary processes of geographical expansion, his project explored how gaming’s representative interface and participatory nature promoted, complicated, and contested practices and ideologies of imperial domination, exploitation, and violence.
Julien Domercq, PhD candidate in the department of the history of art at the University of Cambridge, examined the representations of the peoples of the Pacific, the reception of those images in Britain, and their transformation as they came to be appropriated into popular culture.
Katherine Faulkner, associate lecturer in the department of the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Arcadia University, examined the museum’s collections of nineteenth-century primary material related to the history of dress.
Richard Read, emeritus professor and honorary senior research fellow in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia, explored the aesthetic outcomes of visual and verbal responses to the philosophical problem of Molyneux’s question concerning the powers of recognition of a blind man newly restored to sight, as it migrated from the writings of John Locke, George Berkeley, William Hazlitt, and John Ruskin to nineteenth-century American authors and artists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Newport artists around Worthington Whittredge.
Cathrine Spencer, lecturer in the department of art history at the University of St. Andrews, addressed the complex location-specific politics formulated by art of the 1970s and 1980s in Britain, exploring how these decades witnessed the advent of artists working from feminist, queer, and postcolonial perspectives who posed significant challenges to traditional notions of landscape and identity. Her research proposed that abstraction played a central role in these challenges as relationships with place and space became increasingly attenuated under the pressures of globalization and the mass media, but also because abstraction was nonetheless still able to operate as a site of productive uncertainty and resistance.
Emily Weeks, independent scholar, focused on the study of the orientalist picture frame in Western art from the Renaissance to the present day, with an emphasis on British and American frames and frame makers from the second half of the nineteenth century.