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.
Curatorial Director of the University Design Archives, Catherine Moriarty’s 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.
Re-examining Barbara Jones’ radical Black Eyes and Lemonade exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1951
In-depth study and catalogue raisoneé of the work of sculptor, Paul Montford (1868-1938) published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2013.
An essay exploring the word ‘khaki’ in various contexts, each touching on its association with dust and ideas of the particle.
Illustrates how the experiences of war can be embodied in and represented by an endless variety of artefacts.
An exhibition exploring the sculpture of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, 2007.
Monograph grounded in archival research and funded by the Henry Moore Foundation in 2003
A study drawing together ideas about the structural and symbolic significance of the greatcoat in monumental contexts, 2004.
An exhibition with the Henry Moore Institute linking the design and sculptural elements of Bernard Schottlander’s work, 2007.
An essay on portrait photography and the commemoration of the First World War, 2004.
A chapter in the publication accompanying the exhibition 'Figuring Space: Sculpture/Furniture from Mies to Moore', 2007.
This paper derives from a conversation between Moriarty and Weight that formed part of the 2007 conference ‘The Archival Impulse’ at Tate Britain.
Ruth Cribb 'Eric Gill and transformative practices in British sculpture 1909-1940: networks, contexts and contradictions.’ Recipient of an AHRC studentship, completed 2013.
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.
Tom Wilson ‘Design Strategies and the Representation of the Commonwealth: From Institute to Museum.’ Recipient of AHRC collaborative studentship, due to complete in 2016.
Liz Bruchet ‘Curatorial Practice and the Archive. ’ Recipient of an AHRC studentship, due to complete in 2016.
Althea Greenan ‘Slide walks: understanding the Women’s Art Library slide collection.’ Due to complete 2016.
Fearghus Rouslton ‘Justa notha teenage rebel: Belfast Punk and the Troubles 1974-1979. ’ AHRC TECHNE award.
Moriarty, Catherine (2016) Monographs, archives, and networks: representing designer relationships Design Issues, 32 (4). pp. 52-63. ISSN 0747-9360
Moriarty, Catherine (2015) 'The museum eye must be abandoned': figureheads as popular art Sculpture Journal, 24 (2). pp. 229-248. ISSN 1366-2724
Moriarty, Catherine, Stevenson, Jane, Johnston, Pete, Kisby, Anna and Hart, Tom (2015) Exploring British Design [Research dataset/database]
Moriarty, Catherine (2015) University of Brighton Design Archives: the Icograda Archive The Design Resources in the Visual Culture, 22 (2). pp. 2-9. ISSN 0919-6803
Moriarty, Catherine and Breakell, Sue (2015) Joseph Emberton: the architecture of display [Exhibition]
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 (2002) "The sea goeth it all about": maritime themes in British public sculpture In: CRD Research Papers, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2002.
Moriarty, Catherine (2001) Image or Object? Understanding Photography in a Digital Age In: Digital Resources for the Humanities Conference, Sheffield, September 2001.
Moriarty, Catherine (1999) The Material Culture of Great War Remembrance Journal of Contemporary History, 34 (4). pp. 653-662. ISSN 0022-0094
Moriarty, Catherine (1995) The Absent Dead and Figurative Sculpture Transactions of The Ancient Monuments Society, 39. pp. 7-40. ISSN 0951-001X
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: