Job title: Honorary Professor, History of Art

Email: ecummin1@ed.ac.uk

Elizabeth is a historian and curator of Scottish art and design. She started as a junior researcher on a national survey of Pictish symbol stones before spending twelve years as a fine art curator in Dundee and then in Edinburgh where she was the first curator of the present City Art Centre. Having expanded her research interests during the 1980s, she taught design history at Edinburgh College of Art in the 1990s and has since been an independent scholar with appointments as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow from 2000 to 2015 and an Honorary Fellow at this university from 2008 to 2019. She has served on many art and craft panels and is currently a trustee of the Mansfield Traquair Trust, the Scottish Stained Glass Trust and the Lorimer Society.

Elizabeth’s books and essays have been published in the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, the USA, Japan and most recently China. Her best-known are her co-authored study of The Arts and Crafts Movement (1991) in the World of Art series and Hand, Heart and Soul: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Scotland (2006) which was shortlisted for the 2007 Saltire Research Book of the Year, and various essays on the Scottish Colourists. More recent books on art and craft have included The Art of Modern Tapestry: Dovecot Studios since 1912 (2012) and Robin Philipson (2018). Her latest study of the art and craft of Phoebe Anna Traquair, the subject of her doctorate for this university, is due for publication in 2021.