Kate Sloan completed her PhD in History of Art in 2014 and has since been awarded a two year Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research investigates radical visual arts pedagogies in post-war Britain, with broader interests in the role of wartime communication technologies in the evolution of early conceptual art. She analyses the instrumental presence of system, cybernetic and network theories in the art school with a particular focus on the use of sculptural objects within the curriculum. She is currently completing a book about "Groundcourse", Roy Ascott's innovative foundation course at Ealing and Ipswich in which students created devices, machines and games which were intended to modify their interactions with different environments and situations.
She is also working on a series of articles which reassess the Basic Design movement in art education at Durham and Leeds, in a post-war context. For both projects, she uses hitherto unpublished student works and original interview material, offering readings of each pedagogical model that give insight into the creative ideologies of the day - a post-war world changed irrevocably by a new age of technology.
Kate has worked for arts and heritage organisations across Scotland, with a particular interest in arts development and engagement. She is a lecturer in Art History for the University's Office of Lifelong Learning, where she specialises in classes that take place within the city's galleries.
Post-War British Art, Cybernetics, World War II Technology