My PhD research

My research project ‘Looking beyond ‘The Angel’’ focuses on Newcastle-Gateshead as a case study for investigating the interpretive frameworks and potentials of a contemporary ‘public art collection’.

Antony Gormley’s ‘The Angel of the North’ (1998) may be the UK’s most famous public sculpture, but Newcastle-Gateshead is also home to 200 and more other permanent public artworks. Borrowing from work in the gallery, museum and heritage sector my study asks how collection and interpretation theory and practice may relate to the situated context of public art. Can a reframing of these 200+ artworks as a ‘collection’ offer new interpretative opportunities for curators, commissioners and audiences?


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