Dr Rebecca Starr

Profile

I joined the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies as Lecturer in History of Art after completing my PhD at the University of Leeds. My doctoral research was informed by my interest is ‘socially-engaged’ art practices and their relationship to political, social and cultural unrest. I am currently working on publications stemming from my thesis that aim to reconsider ‘relational aesthetics’, in addition to questioning notions of temporality and duration in such practices.

I am passionate about widening participation and improving engagement with the arts. Alongside my teaching and research, I work with Arts and Humanities Outreach at the University of Leeds where I currently co-ordinate the National Art and Design Saturday Club alongside Dr Sarah Harvey Richardson. In this role, I design and deliver arts workshops to young people aged 13–18 as well as working alongside artists to develop our programmes of events. I also assist with schemes such as ARTicluation and Reach for Excellence

Research interests

My research, more broadly, is concerned with the intersections between participatory, or ‘social’ art practices, histories of social unrest and critical theory. I am particularly interested in cultures of resistance and the roles of art in labour disputes. 

I am interested in supervising projects which relate to the following areas: 

  • ‘socially-engaged’ or ‘relational’ art practices
  • depictions of labour in arts and social practice 
  • labour disputes and strike action 
  • twentieth and twenty-first century art and critique
  • notions of industrial and ‘post’-industrial landscapes and cultures 
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Qualifications

  • BA(Hons) History of Art with Museum Studies
  • MA History of Art
  • PhD Contemporary Art History and Theory

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I am currently Module Leader for the following modules:

  • ARTF1014: Elements of Visual Culture I 
  • ARTF2117: The Avant-Gardes
  • ARTF2003 The New York School

Responding to student needs and developing student education is central to my work. Recently, I worked with Professor Gail Day and Dr Joanne Crawford on evaluating approaches to digital learning through a PRiA project which is shaping the ways in which we deliver blended learning across first-year programmes. In addition to this, in 2020 I won an award for my teaching practice in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures as part of the University of Leeds Partnership awards, having been nominated by students across the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. 

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