Prof Catherine Moriarty
Scholarly biography and interests
Catherine Moriarty is Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives and Professor of Art and Design History in the College of Arts and Humanities.
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 use of archival resources in a broad range of contexts. Recognised as an important resource for the study of design internationally, the Design Archives and the work of its team was endorsed by HEFCE in 2009 with a funding award totalling £180,000. Moriarty has directed a variety of digitisation projects and 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’. For further publications see ‘Research Activity’.
In 2004 Moriarty was awarded an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship by the Menzies Centre, King’s College, London and a British Academy research grant for the project ‘"Creating a Commemorative Landscape in 1920s Melbourne": The letters of Paul Raphael Montford 1923-30’. 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.
Moriarty was elected to the Arts & Humanities Research Council Peer Review College in 2004 and she holds various other appointments. She supervises five doctoral students, four of whom hold AHRC awards.
Moriarty, Catherine (2013) Making Melbourne's monuments: the sculpture of Paul Montford (1868-1938) Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 9781921875595
Costin, Simon and Moriarty, Catherine (2013) Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art [Exhibition]
Moriarty, Catherine (2010) Dust to dust: a particular history of khaki Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, 8 (3). pp. 304-320. ISSN 1475-9756
Moriarty, Catherine (2010) The Cenotaph In: Curtis, Penelope and Wilson, Keith, eds. Modern British Sculpture. Royal Academy of Arts, London, pp. 46-51. ISBN 1905711727
Moriarty, Catherine (2009) ‘The Returned Soldiers bug’: making the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne In: Saunder, N. and Cornish, P., eds. Contested Objects: Material Memories of the First World War. Routledge, London, pp. 144-162. ISBN 9780415450706
Moriarty, Catherine (2008) Designs for solidarity: photography and the Cuban political poster 1965-1975 Photoworks Magazine (11). pp. 58-63. ISSN 1742-1659
Moriarty, Catherine (2008) A distant grief: Australians, war graves and the great war Australian Historical Studies, 39 (2). pp. 273-274. ISSN 1031-461X
Moriarty, Catherine (2008) First World War memorials In: Stephens, C., ed. The History of British Art 1870 - Now. Tate Publishing, London, UK, pp. 108-109. ISBN 9781854376527
Moriarty, Catherine and Weight, Angela (2008) The legacy of interaction: artists at the Imperial War Museum 1981–2007 Tate Papers (9). ISSN 1753-9854
Moriarty, Catherine (2007) Anticipatory forms: Henry Moore and post-war British furniture design In: Curtis, Penelope, ed. Figuring Space: Sculpture/Furniture from Mies to Moore. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, pp. 57-68. ISBN 9781905462117
Moriarty, Catherine and Worsley, Victoria (2007) Indoors and out: the sculpture and design of Bernard Schottlander Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK.
Moriarty, Catherine (2007) The commemorative sculpture of Paul Montford Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Australia.
Moriarty, Catherine (2006) The Place of Photography in the Life and Work of Paul Montford Sculpture Journal, 15 (2). pp. 239-256. ISSN 1756-9923
Moriarty, Catherine (2004) "Remnants of patriotism": the commemorative representation of the greatcoat after the First World War Oxford Art Journal, 27 (3). pp. 291-309. ISSN 0142-6540
Moriarty, Catherine, Games, Naomi and Rose, June (2003) Abram Games: Graphic Designer Lund Humphries, London. ISBN 0853318816
Moriarty, Catherine (2003) Robert Adams In: Curtis, Penelope, ed. Sculpture in 20th Century Britain: A Guide to Sculptors in the Leeds Collections. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, pp. 2-3. ISBN 1900081040
Moriarty, Catherine (2003) The Sculpture of Gilbert Ledward The British Sculptors and Sculpture Series . Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, London, UK. ISBN 9780853318316
Moriarty, Catherine (2003) “Though in a picture only”: portrait photography and the commemoration of the First World War In: Braybon, G., ed. Evidence, History and the Great War: historians and the impact of 1914-18. Berg, Oxford, pp. 30-47. ISBN 1571817247
Moriarty, Catherine (1999) The Material Culture of Great War Remembrance Journal of Contemporary History, 34 (4). pp. 653-662. ISSN 0022-0094