Allan Madden is an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD student in History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. His doctoral research project 'The Gallerist as Publisher' will chart a critical history of publications produced by gallerists in Europe and North America from 1900 to the present, including livres d'artiste, exhibition catalogues, artists' books and magazines.
Allan completed his MLitt degree in Art: Politics: Transgression: Twentieth-Century Avant-Gardes at the University of Glasgow in 2011 where he produced his thesis 'Transgression at Home: Masculinity, Homosexuality and Domesticity in the work of Bacon and Hockney, 1953 – 1967'.
As part of his doctoral research, Allan has worked on cataloguing the Roland Penrose Collection at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library and Archive. Allan has also curated the exhibition 'Publishing Surrealism' at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (15 July – 19 November 2017) and has led lectures on Surrealist publishing for students at Masters and junior honours level in the exhibition space.
Allan is a member of the Dada and Surrealism Research Group at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Allan has experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Allan has led tutorials on the History of Art 2 course and, as of October 2017, he is the coordinator of the Digital Content Internship at the National Galleries of Scotland for Masters students at Edinburgh College of Art. Previously, Allan assisted in coordinating the Summaries Writing Internship as part of the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership from 2014 – 2016.
Allan's research interests include artists' books and magazines, twentieth-century avant-garde publishing practices, queer theory, masculinity and Dandyism.