As from June 2012, five new curators join the historic teams at Tate Britain. Two new curators join the pre-1800 team, led by Martin Myrone and three join the nineteenth-century team led by Alison Smith. These new appointments follow a restructure of the team to give better curatorial representation across the full range of the Collection.
Greg Sullivan, Curator, British Art 1750–1830
Greg completed a PhD on 18th Century British art and historiography at the University of Leeds (1998). He taught at Leeds and at the University of Loughborough before taking up the post of Assistant Editor and Co-Author of the Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660–1851 (2000–6) which in its book form (Yale University Press 2009) and now online has been acclaimed as an essential new art-historical resource. In 2006 he was appointed Chantrey Fellow and Curator of Sculpture at the Ashmolean Museum, where he was responsible for the research, care and display of works by Sir Francis Chantrey and the 900+ other works in the Western Art Sculpture collection during the major building and renovation project. Besides the Biographical Dictionary, Greg has published numerous essays on art, the writing of history and the idea of the British School in the 18th and 19th centuries. His current research interests focus on Chantrey and the relationship between sculpture and geology in the 19th century.
Ruth Kenny, Assistant Curator, British Art 1750–1830
Ruth will be joining Tate from Dublin, where she has been working on the newly established Little Museum and at the National Gallery of Ireland, and teaching at the National College of Art and Design and University College Dublin. She studied at the Courtauld Institute before becoming an Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2002–5) where she worked on the new Regency Rooms and the development of permanent displays at the Gallery’s regional partners, Beningborough Hall and Bodelwyddan Castle. In 2008 she completed her PhD on the work of the eighteenth-century pastellist and portrait painter Hugh Douglas Hamilton at the University of Nottingham. She subsequently contributed to the National Gallery of Ireland’s exhibition Hugh Douglas Hamilton: A Life in Pictures (2008–9). Her research and publications focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century British and Irish portraits.
Carol Jacobi, Curator, British Art, 1850–1915
Carol joins Tate after working as a freelance writer, curator and lecturer, mainly at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld Institute where she has taught MA programmes focusing on nineteenth-century British Art. She has also taught at Oxford Brookes University, and in 2008-9 was Leverhulme Fellow in the History of Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. Carol completed a PhD on the painter William Holman Hunt at Birkbeck in 1998 which she supplemented by undertaking a MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature at King’s College the same year. Her book, William Holman Hunt: Painter, Painting, Paint was published by Manchester University Press in 2006. In 2008 she acted as co-curator for the exhibition William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision which toured to Manchester Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her monograph on the painter Isabel Rawsthorne will be published by Yale in 2013.
Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, Assistant Curator, British Art, 1850–1915
Caroline completed a PhD on nineteenth-century interpretations of the Prometheus Myth at King’s College, London in 2005. Since then she has worked as a curatorial assistant at the Watts Gallery (2004–5), as a researcher at the National Maritime Museum (2005) and most recently for the de Laszlo Foundation and Archive Trust, acting as French and British Editor for the on-line de Laszlo Catalogue Raisonne. In 2010 she acted as co-curator for the exhibition Philip de Laszlo: Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, and was co-author of the monograph published by Yale University Press the same year. She has also translated Sargent’s correspondence with Monet for the 6th volume of the Sargent Catalogue Raisonne edited by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray. A revised version of her PhD thesis, From Myth to Symbol: will be publishedin 2013.
Amy Concannon, Assistant Curator, British Art, 1790–1850
Amy will be joining Tate from Dulwich Picture Gallery, where she has been working as Assistant Curator since 2011 following a year acting as Exhibitions Officer at the Gallery. From 2007–9 she was at The Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere where she co-ordinated loan exhibitions, curated displays and delivered talks on a number of subjects including female amateur artists and the topographical drawings of John Warwick Smith. Amy completed an MA at the Courtauld Institute in 2010 on the early career of the watercolourist Richard Westall, and in 2011 organised the symposium Artists and the Lake District since 1750 for the Wordsworth Trust. Her research interests focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century British landscape, portraiture and genre.