Professor Catherine Moriarty is Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives.
Her work engages with issues that lie at the heart of current research in the humanities – cultural memory, inter-textuality, visual and material culture, particularly sculpture, and the research potential of digital content.
Professor Catherine Moriarty is Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives and Professor of Art and Design History at the University of Brighton.
Integral to Moriarty’s development of the University of Brighton Design Archives is her conviction in curation as a creative practice. Initiating artists’ residencies, exhibitions, and research projects of different kinds, she is interested in the archive as a site of inquiry.
Recognised as an important locus for the study of design internationally, the Design Archives and the work of its team was endorsed by HEFCE in 2010 with a significant funding award from the Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund. The Design Archives is one of only 31 university museums nationally to receive funding from this source.
Moriarty has directed a variety of projects, most recently Exploring British Design in 2014/15, an AHRC-funded collaboration with the Archives Hub. She has written on the history of the Design Council’s photographic holdings, and on the relationship between sculpture and design. In 2007 she curated an exhibition on the work of the designer and sculptor Bernard Schottlander with the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and, in 2013, an exhibition about Barbara Jones with the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Her professorial lecture, took place in October 2014, entitled Curating the Past: the monument, the archive and the database.
Moriarty led a major Leverhulme funded research project, the National Inventory of War Memorials, at the Imperial War Museum between 1989 and 1996. Completing her DPhil at the University of Sussex in 1995, her publications on commemoration and figurative sculpture after the First World War are recognised as key sources in the scholarship of cultural memory and conflict. Her monograph on the sculptor Gilbert Ledward (1888-1960) was published in 2003, she contributed to the Tate Gallery/Yale University Press History of British Art in 2008, and in 2011 she contributed an essay to the book accompanying the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition ‘Modern British Sculpture’. In 2014 she became co-editor of the Sculpture Journal, along with Peter Dent and Jon Wood.In 2004 Moriarty was awarded an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship by the Menzies Centre, King’s College, London and a British Academy research grant. In 2005 she was a visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Australian Centre and in 2007 she curated an exhibition for the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious University of Melbourne Macgeorge Fellowship. The culmination of this research, the book Making Melbourne’s Monuments: the Sculpture of Paul Montford, was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2013 with support from the Paul Mellon Centre.
Liz Bruchet ‘Curatorial Practice and the Archive. ’ Recipient of an AHRC studentship. Due to complete in 2018.
Dora Souza Dias ‘Representing the graphic design profession on the world stage: a history of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations.’ Due to complete 2018.
Fearghus Rouslton ‘Justa notha teenage rebel: Belfast Punk and the Troubles 1974-1979. ’ AHRC TECHNE award. Due to complete 2018.
Althea Greenan ‘Slide walks: understanding the Women’s Art Library slide collection.’ Completed 2017.
Tom Wilson ‘Design Strategies and the Representation of the Commonwealth: From Institute to Museum.’ Recipient of AHRC collaborative studentship. Completed in 2016.
Anthony McIntosh 'Public monuments: memory, manifestation and the accumulated significance of place.' Recipient of an AHRC studentship. Completed in 2014.
Leah Armstrong ‘Towards an atlas of the of the Design Professions in Britain 1930-2010.’ Recipient of an AHRC collaborative studentship. Completed in 2013.
Ruth Cribb 'Eric Gill and transformative practices in British sculpture 1909-1940: networks, contexts and contradictions.’ Recipient of an AHRC studentship. Completed 2013.
Papers on the research implications of electronic resources and digital imaging
"'The Sculpture of Gilbert Ledward' (2003) ... should guide scholars in their consideration of work of other sculptors of the period."
(The Burlington Magazine, December 2004)
'The Absent Dead and Figurative Sculpture', Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, vol. 39, (1995) cited as a key text in Penelope Curtis' Sculpture 1900-1945, Oxford University Press, 1999
Citations to other work appear in numerous articles and books, a selection includes: