“Rude, Bitter and Humorous: The Golden Age of British Satirical Prints (1760–1830)” is a project that aims to significantly increase the understanding of Leeds Art Gallery’s satirical works on paper collection. As part of the project, Claveria will also investigate the context, production, distribution, consumption, and reception of these fascinating artworks from 1760 to 1830. In addition, she will seek to contextualize and reassess them from an art-historical point of view, an angle that has not been fully explored by scholars and curators yet, as well as improving the way they are documented and interpreted in the collection. She also has the ambition to share the collection and her findings with a wide range of audiences through an exciting public program and an ambitious exhibition.
Mooney’s PhD thesis, entitled “Ruin to Reconstruction: Post-War British Art in the Transnational Field,” explores how artists grappled with destruction and social reconstruction in postwar Britain. At the Center, she will research topographical and psychological engagements with the cityscape, addressing these endeavours alongside transnational histories and geographies; considering Nigel Henderson’s collage work alongside collages by John McHale in order to trace the impact of the urban environment—bombsites, building sites, new forms of architectural space and domestic spaces that dominated the postwar landscape—on artistic practices that deal with the built environment.