Matt Retallick

Dr Matt Retallick is an independent curator and art historian. He holds a BA (Hons) in Curation (Central Saint Martins, London), an MA in Social Sculpture (Social Sculpture Research Unit, Oxford), and in 2023 he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis 'Karl Weschke and the reframing of Cornish modernism' (Manchester Metropolitan University). He is currently a Lecturer of Art History and Curating at Manchester School of Art.

Matt has worked for a variety of cultural institutions including the Whitworth, Modern Art Oxford, and The Turnpike, has written for various arts organisations such as Art UK, and worked as editor on publication projects to include the John Moore's Painting Prize catalogue.

His memberships include Tate’s British Art Network, the International Council of Museums, the MMU Visual Culture Research Cluster, and he is an honorary lifetime member of the Modernist Society. In 2023, he became a trustee of The Royal Standard, Liverpool's largest community of artists, and Penwith Gallery in St Ives, home to the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall.

He also leads the Cornish Art Research Network (CARN) in association with the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter's Cornwall campus.

Matt's research interests are broadly situated within a range of issues connected to modernism. He is interested in the slippages and transitional moments between art and artists, artistic movements, and ideologies. He examines hidden or little-known modernisms and aims to reframe standard art historical accounts. This includes St Ives / Cornish, British, Irish, and German contexts. Other focusses include contemporary painting, and Social Sculpture.

His academic profile is available here.

Matt is based in Liverpool, UK.

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