Programme: Art - PhD/MPhil

Start date: February 2011

Mode of study: Part time

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)

‘On Forms and Fictions: Re-staging Steven Campbell’ presented: Association of Art Historians Annual Conference (2016)

‘On Forms and Fictions: The Re-staging of Steven Campbell’s Landmark Exhibition within GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland’ Scottish Society for Art History Journal 19 (2014-15)

Cections in ch. 'In Focus’, ed. Elizabeth Cumming The Art of Modern Tapestry, Lund Humphries (2012)

‘Introduction’, Sharon Thomas: Herstory: (2011)

‘Review: Apotropaic Sharon Thomas at the Museet for Religiøs Kunst’ for the Newsletter of the Scottish Society for Art History Spring (2009)

Catalogue essay: The Art of Japanese Tarot, Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art (2009)

Catalogue essay: The Two Alasdairs, Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art (2008)

Review: ‘We Stopped in the Colonnade…Hotel gallery London’, Untitled (2007)

‘Iain Hamilton Finlay: Obituary’, Journal of Scottish Society for Art History 11 (2006)

‘From the studio to the Pavilion: Recent success of GSA graduates’ Scottish Art News (2006)

Review: ‘Raymond Erith at Sir John Soane’s Museum London’ Journal Scottish Society Architectural Historians, 16: 1 (2005)

Review: ‘Women at the Gödöllo Artists’ Colony at the Glasgow School of Art’, Newsletter of the Scottish Society for Art History, 21 Autumn / Winter (2004)