BA (Hons) coursesArt and Design History*

Meet the team

Our teaching staff are experts in their fields.

You can find out more about their experience, research interests and specialisms by reading their profiles below.

Dr. Colin Perry

Course Leader

Dr. Colin Perry is an art historian, critic and editor.

His writing on art appears regularly in magazines including Art MonthlyFrieze and ArtAgenda. He has a PhD from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Before joining AUB, he taught at universities including Central Saint Martins and Westminster University, London.

Dr. Perry is interested in how art relates to different publics, cultures of spectating and theories of voice. His interests range from histories of visual spectacle in the nineteenth century to contemporary video and documentary art.

His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) and Critical Studies in Television.

Recent academic publications include a chapter in Other Cinemas (I.B. Taurus, 2017) on the influence of the German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1970s Britain. Dr. Perry is currently writing a single-authored book on radical film, television and video culture in Britain in the 1970s and ’80s.

Colin has worked with a range of major arts institutions including Tate, Hayward and Camden Art Centre. His writing appears in numerous volumes such as Vitamin P3 (2016) on contemporary painting, and Vitamin C (2017) on ceramics. He is the editor of a number of major publications including Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History: 1962-2002 (Bruce Alshuler, 2013).

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Dr. Christian Edwardes


Christian is an artist and researcher based in Dorset.

He completed his PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2016 and is working on an edited publication that examines the impact of ‘non-representational theory’ on the creative arts.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally, recent shows include: ‘Making Plans’ at Bank Streett Arts in Sheffield; ‘Temples to the Domestic II’, curated by Dave Ben White at Clifford Chance HQ, London; ‘The Art of Walking’ at WORK Gallery, London; ‘Drawing Lines in the Sand’, an off-site project curated by Claire Taylor and Peloton Gallery, in Sydney, Australia; and ‘Dust’, a work commissioned for the Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth.

His work has appeared in two recent publications, ‘Critical Dictionary’ and ‘The Art of Walking’ edited by David Evans and produced by Black Dog Publishing.

His research interests include the mobility and materiality of landscape representations in and through objects such as souvenirs and postcards. These objects have often been part of the iconography of recent site-based artworks.

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Dr. Kirsten Hardie

Associate Professor

BA (Hons), MA, PhD, NTF, FHEA

Kirsten trained as a Design Historian and Graphic Designer.

She is a National Teaching Fellow – an experienced award-winning teacher. Her work is recognised and utilised internationally.

Her research includes graphic design history; packaging; plastic; flock; teaching excellence; and creative pedagogies. She has authored a range of published work including the book chapter in Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education (2015) that evidences her expertise in objects as learning tools.

An experienced conference and event organiser, Kirsten has led/curated numerous collaborative projects and exhibitions including the world’s first flock exhibition (Textiles Society Award, 2008). She has secured funding/awards from the Arts Council, Higher Education Academy and the AHRC. She created AUB’s museum and works with museums nationally.

Kirsten’s activities include a significant number of collaborative and advisory roles internationally including consultancy work for various education and design organisations.  She is a peer reviewer for numerous international journals and organisations and is Associate Editor, Higher Education Pedagogies journal.

Regularly invited as keynote and speaker at international conferences, Kirsten has presented throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Asia and Australia. Her membership includes: Ephemera Society Executive Council; Group for Learning in Art and Design committee; Secretary, Graphic Design Educators’ Network; and past member of the Design History Society Executive Committee.

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