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Liz Mitchell

Mrs Liz Mitchell

Fine and Applied Art
0151 291 3676
Arts and Humanities

I first joined Liverpool Hope University in April 2016, on a 12-month maternity cover post, leading the MA in Art History & Curating. I returned in September 2017 as a permanent member of staff teaching design history on the undergraduate Design and Fine Art degree programmes and for the Art and Design History Major. I am currently course leader for Levels I and H Art and Design History and represent the Fine and Applied Art Department on the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Ethics Sub-Committee. I teach art and design history, curating and museum studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

I completed my BA in History of Art at the University of Manchester in 1993, after which I spent two decades working in the museums and galleries sector. From 1993-2011 I worked for Manchester City Galleries in a variety of roles, including collections management, decorative art curatorship and learning and interpretation. In 2011, I became a freelance curatorial consultant and re-entered academia, embarking on an AHRC Block Grant-funded PhD in the postgraduate research department of Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

My thesis, ‘Believe me, I remain’: the Mary Greg Collection at Manchester City Galleries, traces the history of a collection of domestic objects and amateur crafts in an art gallery collection, from its initial assemblage during the first decades of the twentieth century, through its lifetime within the expanding collections of the institution. Combining approaches from museums and material culture studies, art and design history, and creative practice as research, it comprises both a history of the municipal art gallery in the twentieth century and an examination of the changing multi-sensorial, emotional and intellectual relationships between people and things over time.

My areas of specialist knowledge include 
  • British art and design of the interwar period
  • the studio craft movement in the twentieth century
  • histories of collecting and the art museum
  • British ceramic manufacture in the eighteenth century. 
My current and developing research interests include 
  • attitudes towards the domestic, the amateur and the everyday in interwar British art and design
  • gender in the histories and theories of collecting
  • approaches to multi-sensorial and material engagement in the contemporary art museum
I am also a freelance arts writer, and contribute exhibition reviews and features to a range of art and design-related publications.


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