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Dr Kate Sloan

Assistant Professor

Department: Arts

Kate Sloan

Kate Sloan is an art historian, specialising in art and technology after World War II. Her principal research interests lie in two areas; firstly, the impact of communication technologies on the visual arts and secondly, radical art school pedagogies since modernism. She holds a master’s degree and a PhD in art history from the University of Edinburgh, where she was subsequently Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015-17. After teaching and course development roles at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Newcastle, she joined Northumbria in May 2020.


Her first book ‘Art, Cybernetics and Pedagogy in Post-War Britain: Roy Ascott’s Groundcourse’ was published by Routledge in 2019 and in 2017, she curated an exhibition of Ascott’s early work for the Henry Moore Institute. She has also authored several articles and book chapters on post-war art, science and technology and she has further articles forthcoming in 2020-21 on radical British art pedagogies. She is currently working on a second book project about modern art and light-responsive technologies, bringing together cybernetics and psychedelia. In 2018 she was a participant in an international symposium in Dallas, focused on György Kepes.

At Northumbria, Kate will be joint head of the fine art programme from 2021-22 and she leads the Yunnan contemporary art partnership. She teaches across a number of programmes including fine art, graphic design, foundation art and supervising masters by research students. She would be very pleased to hear from any prospective PhD students in the area of modern art, particularly those interested in technology or pedagogy.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Victor Pasmore’s Architectures of Form: Biology, Structure and Process in Post-War British Art, Sloan, K. 1 Jul 2019
  • Analogue Exchanges: Communication Technologies, Surveillance and Selfhood in Roy Ascott's Pedagogy, Sloan, K. 2018, Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, New York, Taylor & Francis
  • Art, Cybernetics and Pedagogy in Post-War Britain: Roy Ascott's Groundcourse, Sloan, K. 17 Dec 2018
  • Roy Ascott: Form Has Behaviour, Sloan, K. 25 Jan 2017
  • Gestalt in Motion: Wholeness, Systems and Perception in Post-War British Art, Sloan, K. 3 Aug 2016, In: Visual Culture in Britain

History PhD August 31 2014

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