Linda is an art critic, journalist and researcher with over 10 years experience in the modern and contemporary art sector. This site features comment pieces, reviews and interviews about British and Chinese contemporary art, most of which were first published on other sites and in print publications. It also signposts to new activities and published articles.
Since October 2015 Linda has been a full time PhD candidate, supervised by Paul Gladston at University of Nottingham and Joshua Jiang at Birmingham City University. Her research will examine the female body in contemporary Chinese art 1984-present in relation to women’s studies discourses in China. Linda is able to undertake this exciting research thanks to support from the AHRC and the Midlands3cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
From 2009 until early 2015, Linda was Exhibition Officer for Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool. She project managed contemporary, modern and historic art exhibitions with a network of UK partners featuring the work of: David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Aubrey Williams, Grayson Perry, Haroon Mirza and Yoko Ono amongst others; and she co-curated the exhibition ‘Enrico David Madreperlage’ as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2012.
As a critic she has written extensively about Chinese and British contemporary art for Art World magazine, Shanghai, The Skinny North West and websites including thedoublenegative.co.uk (TDN), a_n.co.uk and corridor8.co.uk. For TDN she was guest arts editor during 2014 and she copy edits for artradarjournal.com and Queen of the Track zine.
In 2012, she won the John Moores Critics Award, which was awarded as a partnership between Liverpool John Moores University, Shanghai University and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA); her essay was included in a bilingual publication linked to the prize and she spent a month as a guest of Shanghai University in 2013. The blogs posts from that residency are in the archive on this site.
Also in 2012 she developed the mobile phone app ‘Here to There’, for Android and iOS as the outcome of a research project looking at the potential of ‘ergodic literature’ as a format for critical writing about art.
Linda’s article ‘The headless woman in contemporary Chinese art’ was published in the inaugural Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (JCCA) in 2014; her article ‘Parallel Realities: the relationship between translation studies and curating contemporary Chinese art’ was published in a special edition of the Modern China Studies (MCS) journal this year; and a forthcoming issue of JCCA will include her article ‘All under heaven: an introduction to maps in contemporary Chinese art.’
Linda is a member of the International Association of Art Critics UK (AICA).
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