Gráinne Rice is a Trustee of the Steven Campbell Trust. She is a member of the Dada & Surrealism Research Group at the Edinburgh College of Art. She was an exhibition organiser at Glasgow School of Art, V&A and Dovecot Tapestry Studios and currently works in the Education Department at National Galleries of Scotland.
Gráinne is undertaking a part-time PhD at Edinburgh College of Art, where she is writing a contextual history of the Scottish artist Steven Campbell (1953-2007). Her academic interests in exhibitionary practice began with an MA in Exhibition Interpretation at Edinburgh Napier University in 2000. Her first degree was an MA (Hons) in History of Art from University of Glasgow awarded in 1997. Gráinne’s doctoral research is informed by her curatorial experience; as exhibition organiser at Glasgow School of Art she worked with Steven Campbell on two exhibitions: Campbell’s Soup in 2005; and Wretched Stars, Insatiable Heaven in 2008. She has compiled the first catalogue raisonné of Campbell’s work, taking an expanded view of his artistic practice to include performance, installation and text as well as painting for which he is most well-known. Her thesis positions Campbell within the context of 1980s postmodernism; considering his relationship to earlier artistic avant-gardes, the retro referencing of popular culture in his work and its intellectual parallels to the discourse of Visual Culture. Her paper at the AAH Conference in 2016 on the institutional re-framing of Campbell’s legacy uses as its major case study Campbell’s landmark 1990 exhibition On Form and Fiction at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow and its later re-staging in Edinburgh in 2014 - arguments are positioned within the emergent discourse around re-staging exhibitions. She is looking at Campbell’s later career – the period after the career-defining moment in 1990 – with reference to ideas of market value, biography and its influence on reputation and artistic aging.
'Can the reconstructed exhibition ever have impact beyond the purely academic?' presented: Reconstructions, Restagings, Re-enactments: Revisiting Seminal Art Exhibitions in the Twenty-first Century workshop UAL/ Central Saint Martins (2017)