History of Art - MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research
Mode of study:
The Art and History of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours
Joyce Dixon is a PhD Candidate in History of Art, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Doctoral Training Partnership (awarded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities). Her research examines the historical development of colour classification and communication in the early nineteenth century, through the lens of a particular publication – Werner's Nomenclature of Colours, compiled in 1814 by Edinburgh horticultural painter Patrick Syme. Provisionally titled 'The Art and History of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours', Joyce's thesis explores the cultural influences on, and subsequent impact of, Patrick Syme's manual of colour.
Before embarking on her PhD Joyce completed a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art, where she studied Critical Writing in Art and Design. Her thesis, an exploration of the linguistic aspects of Werner's Nomenclature of Colours, was awarded the 2015 Critical Writing in Art and Design Award for the Best Final Major Project. During her time at the Royal College of Art Joyce also co-edited the course publication Albertopolis Companion (2015). Joyce has delivered papers at Falmouth University, the Linnean Society of London and the Royal College of Art, and has written for a variety of books, journals and magazines.
Tutor for History of Art 2 (2019–2020)