Job title: Programme Director, Collections and Curating Practices - MScR and Lecturer, Curatorial Theory and Practice

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5799


Office address: Room 1.014, The Fire Station

Contact time: Tuesday, 2pm - 3pm

Research outputs: Dr Kirsten Lloyd on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Kirsten Lloyd is an independent curator and Lecturer in Curatorial Theory and Practice at the University of Edinburgh.  She is Programme Director of the MSc by Research in Collections and Curating Practices.

Her research focuses on late 20th and 21st art, including lens-based practice, participatory work, the art document and realism as well as the histories, theories and pragmatics of curating. She is an academic lead for the University’s new Contemporary Art Research Collection and established the associated student–focused Collections Development Group in 2014.

Kirsten is currently working on a single-authored book titled Social Documents, examining the ‘document trend’ in contemporary art since 1968 and linking it to the demand for the circulation of social knowledge and increasingly urgent questions around representation and realism in the 21st century.  She is currently co-editing a special issue of Third Text with Angela Dimitrakaki on Social Reproduction and Art (September 2017).

Recent and forthcoming publications include “If You Lived Here… : A Case Study on Social Reproduction in Feminist Art History,” in Feminism and Art History Now (I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2017); “Shaping Collections: Globalisation and Contemporary Art,” in Affiliate: Thinking Collections Yearbook (Affiliate, 2016); “Being with, across, over and through: Caring Subjects, Ethics Debates and the Encounter in Contemporary Art,” in her co-edited volume ECONOMY: Art Production & The Subject in the 21st Century (Liverpool University Press, 2015); “Endgame?  Reconfiguring the Artwork,” Third Text 26, no. 5 (2012).

In 2013–14 Kirsten was a Curatorial Fellow in the School of History of Art at ECA.  She is a founding member of the Chapter 13 co-operative ( Her curatorial projects include Social Documents (2010–13), a trilogy of exhibitions examining artists’ mediation of social, political and economic realities presented at Stills Centre for Photography, Edinburgh.  In 2013 she curated, with Angela Dimitrakaki, ECONOMY ( Presented across Stills (Edinburgh) and the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), this group show investigated the production of subjectivity through a capitalist economy. Other previous projects have included Melanie Gilligan’s Shaped (2015) at The University of Edinburgh; The King's Peace: Realism & War (2014) co-curated with the photographer and writer Owen Logan; Nicky Bird’s Beneath the Surface/Hidden Place (2006-10), charting the effects of economic change and regeneration in Scotland and Anton Vidokle’s Martha Rosler Library (2008). 

Kirsten has co-convened a number of research workshops, symposia and conference panels on  ‘Labours of Love, Works of Passion: The Social (Re)production of Art Workers from Industrialisation to Globalisation,’ at the 2016 Association of Art Historians conference; the SGSAH-funded workshop ‘Curating Materiality: Feminism and Contemporary Art History’ (2015); ‘Social Reproduction in Postwar and Contemporary Art,’ at the 2014 Historical Materialism conference; ‘The Ethics of Encounter” AHRC-funded workshop at The University of Edinburgh and Stills (2011); ‘Radical Complicities: Curating Art in the 21st Century,’ at the National Galleries of Scotland (2010). She also runs the ‘Social Reproduction in Art Life and Struggle’ reading group with Victoria Horne. 

Board and steering group memberships in the visual arts sector include Scottish Contemporary Art Network (2012 – present), Market Gallery Glasgow (2011 – 2015), Visual Art and Galleries Association Scotland (2008 – 2012) and The Edinburgh Art Festival (2005 – 2008).

Curating, contemporary art, lens-based art, participatory practice, documentary, realism


Completed her part-time PhD titled "Social Documents: The mediation of social relations in lens-based contemporary art", supervised by Dr Angela Dimitrakaki and Prof Richard Williams, in May 2017.

Current PhD students

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Curating
  • Contemporary art
  • Lens-based art
  • Participatory practice
  • Documentary
  • Realism