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Dr Emma Roberts

Dr Emma Roberts

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Biography

Dr. Emma Roberts is Programme Leader and Lecturer in BA (Hons) History of Art at Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. She completed a Ph.D. on Barbara Hepworth in 1997 (University of Liverpool). Roberts has lectured on all aspects of History of Art and Design for twenty years, and has written two academic books - The Public Sculpture of Cheshire & Merseyside (2012) and The Liverpool Academy: A History and Index (1997) - as well as a number of journal articles and conference papers, and has also curated exhibitions. Published chapters or journal articles include: ‘Liberating Form: Barbara Hepworth’s United Nations Memorial’ in Sculpture (2001); ‘Neglected Catalysts. The Function of Drawings and Paintings in Barbara Hepworth’s Oeuvre’ in Apollo (2003); ‘Barbara Hepworth within an International Context’ in Tate’s Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered (2003); and ‘Representation and Reputation: Barbara Hepworth’s Relationships with her American and British Dealers’ (2013) in Tate Papers On-Line. Her most recent book was nominated in April 2013 for the ‘William M. B. Berger British Art History Prize’ for the best British Art History publication. Her research is disseminated widely outside the academic arena, including by: being interviewed for BBC Radio 4; being a regular Visiting Lecturer at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum; presenting lectures to cruise ship passengers and other groups and associations due to being represented by two entertainment agencies. The focus of Roberts’ research lies in three areas: public sculpture; maritime history and design and utopian, ‘New Urbanist’ architecture and environments.

Languages

French

Degrees

1997, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, Ph.D.
1993, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) First Class

Academic appointments

Programme Leader: BA (Hons) History of Art, History of Art, Liverpool John Moores University, 1996 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Roberts EE. 2016. 'Edward Carter Preston's Figurehead of Admiral Nelson' Kelly J, Yarrington A, Moriarty C. Sculpture Journal, 24 :211-227

Roberts EE. 2013. 'Representation and Reputation: Barbara Hepworth's Relationships with her American and British Dealers' Tate Papers, :n.p.-n.p. >Link

Roberts EE, Morris E. 2012. Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside One Liverpool University Press and Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Liverpool 9781846314926

Roberts EE. 2003. Neglected catalysts: The function of drawings and paintings in Barbara Hepworth's oeuvre APOLLO-THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, 158 :43-48 >Link

Roberts EE. 2001. ‘Liberating Form: Barbara Hepworth’s United Nations’ Memorial’ Sculpture Journal, Vol. 20 :44-47

Morris E, Roberts E. 1998. The Liverpool Academy and other exhibitions of contemporary art in Liverpool, 1774-1867 Liverpool Univ Pr 9780853236726

Roberts EE, Thistlwood D. 1996. Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3, Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3, Three Liverpool University Press and Tate Liverpool. Liverpool

Roberts EE. Scholarly Conversazione: The Building of Liverpool Cathedral >Link

Chapters

Roberts EE. 2018. ‘The Floating Gallery: Art and Craft on Board Cunard Liners’ Roberts E, Horrocks C. Cunard: A Social and Cultural History Liverpool University Press. Liverpool

Roberts EE. 2001. Intercultural Drawing Practices CAIR . Intercultural Drawing Practices Centre for Art Inernational Research. Liverpool

Roberts EE, Thistlwood D. 1996. Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3, Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3, Three Liverpool University Press and Tate Liverpool. Liverpool

Journal article

Roberts EE. 2016. 'Edward Carter Preston's Figurehead of Admiral Nelson' Kelly J, Yarrington A, Moriarty C. Sculpture Journal, 24 :211-227

Roberts EE. 2013. 'Representation and Reputation: Barbara Hepworth's Relationships with her American and British Dealers' Tate Papers, :n.p.-n.p. >Link

Roberts EE. 2004. ‘St. Ives and Yorkshire, UK: Tate St. Ives; Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ Sculpture Journal, 23 :76-79

Roberts EE. 2003. Neglected catalysts: The function of drawings and paintings in Barbara Hepworth's oeuvre APOLLO-THE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, 158 :43-48 >Link

Roberts EE. 2001. ‘Liberating Form: Barbara Hepworth’s United Nations’ Memorial’ Sculpture Journal, Vol. 20 :44-47

Roberts EE. 1996. 'The Picker Art Gallery's Project by Barbara Hepworth: A Critical Moment', The Picker Art Gallery Journal, 4

Roberts EE. 1995. 'Frink Again' Women's Art Magazine,

Book review

Roberts EE. 2013. Review: 'Barbara Hepworth. The Hospital Drawings' and Nathaniel Hepburn, 'Barbara Hepworth. The Hospital Drawings' Sculpture Journal, 22 :151-152

Book

Roberts EE, Morris E. 2012. Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside One Liverpool University Press and Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Liverpool 9781846314926

Morris E, Roberts E. 1998. The Liverpool Academy and other exhibitions of contemporary art in Liverpool, 1774-1867 Liverpool Univ Pr 9780853236726

Conference publication

Roberts EE. Association of Art Historians Annual Conference 2014- 'Fantasy Environments and the Liminal Spaces of Cunard Liners in the 19th Century' Association of Art Historians Annual Conference 2014 >Link

Roberts EE. 'One of the Last Great Ship Figureheads: Edward Carter Preston's Carved Figurehead Of Admiral Nelson for HMS Conway' Association of Art Historians' Annual Conference.

Roberts EE. 'One of the Last Great Ship Figureheads: Edward Carter Preston's Figurehead of Nelson on HMS Conway' Association of Art Historians' Annual Conference

Roberts EE, Wrigley C, Lowy A, Moriarty S. Personal Development Planning’ LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference

Roberts EE. Disney and Nostalgia’ Unprincipled Passions: Emotion and Modernity

Roberts EE. ‘The Future of Small Town America: Nostalgia and Memory in the Disney Town of Celebration’, The North American Society for Study in Romanticism Annual Conference

Other

Roberts EE. Scholarly Conversazione: The Building of Liverpool Cathedral >Link

Roberts EE. Consultancy for Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Public Sculpture Competition

Exhibition

Roberts EE. Creating a Cathedral: Photographs by Stewart Bale of the Building of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

‘Floating Palaces: Cunard Ships and Their Interiors’, ‘A Life on the Ocean Wave. A Symposium Celebrating Cunard 175’, Aldham Robarts Library, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation

'Learning By Symposium', Liverpool John Moores University Teaching and Learning Conference 2016, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation

Cunard, Life on the Ocean Wave, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation

Carter Preston, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference 2013, University of Reading, UK, Oral presentation

Cunard, AAH 2014, Royal College of Art, London, UK, Oral presentation

External collaboration:

Liverpool Vision, Dr. Emma Roberts , Cunard 175 and Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum, 'Cunard 175' and Emma Roberts

‘Cunard 175’, Dr. Emma Roberts

http://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/event/life-on-the-ocean-wave-an-exhibition-of-cunard-collectibles/, Liverpool John Moores University, Culture Liverpool

University of Hull; University of Glasgow; University of Manchester; Aberdeen Maritime Museum; University of Southampton; University of Brighton; Melanie Vandenbrouck., Alison Yarrington (University of Hull); Julia Kelly (University of Hull); Ann Compton (University of Glasgow); Marion Endt-Jones (University of Manchester); Meredith Greiling (University of Hull/Aberdeen Maritime Museum), Douglas Hamilton (University of Hull), John McAleer (University of Southampton), Erica McCarthy (University of Hull), Catherine Moriarty (University of Brighton), Christine Riding (National Maritime Museum), Melanie Vandenbrouck (National Maritime Museum).

http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/401/section.aspx/400/creating_a_cathedral_photographic_exhibition_by_Stewart_Bale, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Val Jackson (Cathedral Archives)

Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Student Placements

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Student Placements

Media Coverage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGIEf2gPajs, Public Lecture: 'Edward Carter Preston's Carved Ship Figurehead of Admiral Nelson'. 14th May 2013

http://radio4lists.blogspot.co.uk/2011_04_17_archive.html, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010m2f4, Interviewed on BBC Radio Four (U.K), Epstein Sculpture at Lewis’s Store, Liverpool, 25 April 2011.

http://www.tate.org.uk/about/press-office/press-releases/fab-four-films-channel-4-mike-figgis-creates-short-films-inspired, Channel Four (U.K.), Three Minute Wonders (Tate ‘This Is Sculpture’), Directed by Mike Figgis, Red Mullet Production, 17 December 2009

Membership of professional bodies:

Cruise Ship Enrichment, Entertainment Agency, http://www.cruiseshipenrichment.net/

Starboard Speakers, Entertainment Agency, http://starboardspeakers.com/

Sixth Star Entertainers, Entertainment Agency, http://www.sixthstar.com/

Compass Speakers and Entertainers Limited, Entertainment Agency, http://www.compassspeakers.com/

Association for Art History, Association for Art History (formerly the Association of Art Historians). This is the main professional body representing art historians in the UK, http://www.forarthistory.org.uk/

College Art Association, College Art Association

Association of Art Historians, Association of Art Historians

Other invited event:

Lecture: 'The Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo: Life and Work Entwined', Willington Hall, Chester., Lecture to Cheshire Art Fund on the topic of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, and the concurrent exhibition on her work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Lecture: 'Feminism: Re-Examining Art History With New Eyes', Chester Women's Institute, Stanley Palace, Chester., Public lecture on the topic of how to interpret art using the feminist ideology.

'Becoming Barbara Hepworth' Seminar, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Invited to present at the Research Seminar 'Becoming Barbara Hepworth' which corresponds with the Henry Moore Institute exhibition 'Becoming Henry Moore' which ran from 14th April to 22nd October 2017 at the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens: https://www.henry-moore.org/whats-on/2018/02/14/becoming-barbara-hepworth

Public Lecture: 'The Power of Jade', World Museum, Liverpool, Invited to present a public lecture on the topic of jade in conjunction with the prestigious exhibition of China's 'Terracotta Army' to Liverpool: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=35726

Public Lecture: 'China's Famous Terracotta Army', World Museum, Liverpool, Public talk to correspond with the prestigious visit of China's Terracotta Army to Liverpool: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=35718

Cheshire Art Fund Monthly Talk: 'Always in Vogue: Vintage Fashion and Revivals of Style for New Generations’., Willington Hall, Cheshire, Invited talk of the month for Cheshire Art Fund: “’Always in Vogue: Vintage Fashion and Revivals of Style for New Generations’. Vogue magazine will have been in existence for 100 years in 2016! Throughout this time Vogue has been an arbiter of taste and offered guidelines on style for several generations of women. This talk will examine some of the key images from the pages of Vogue over the last century and will consider their value as iconic visual statements. In addition, the revival of classic Vogue fashion look as ‘vintage’ style will be considered.”

Panel Discussion: 'Going Backwards'., Bluecoat, Liverpool, This is a panel discussion at the Bluecoat to which the author was invited. It discussed the painting 'The Dinner Party' (1980) by Liverpool-based artist, Sam Walsh, which is seen as being a touchstone for the Liverpool art 'scene' during the 1980s. Information about the event is here: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/3737 The author was invited to add the perspective of a long-standing member of staff from Liverpool School of Art & Design and who has witnessed many changes in the Liverpool art scene in since the early 1990s. Other contributors include Edward Lucie-Smith, Bryan Biggs, Roger Phillips (BBC), Robin Riley.

Keynote Speech At Book Launch, Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Invited to present the keynote speech to celebrate the launch of the following book: Wagner, Kathrin; David, Jessica & Klemencic, Matej. (Eds.),(2017) 'Artists and Migration 1400-1850', Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

’Always in Vogue: Vintage Fashion and Revivals of Style for New Generations’, Cheshire Art Fund: Willington Hall, Cheshire, An invitation was submitted by Cheshire Art Fund for a lecture to be delivered at Willington Hall for their members and other interested persons. The lecture was scheduled to coincide with the popular exhibition entitled 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style' at the National Portrait Gallery exhibition in London from February to June 2016.

Celebrating Cunard 175, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Celebrating Cunard 175 24th May 2015 – 25th May 2015 Merseyside Maritime Museum Albert Dock Liverpool Waterfront Liverpool L3 4AQ For the Three Queens Weekend, a series of free, short talks celebrating passenger life on board Cunard vessels: •Fun, fashion and frolics: life on board the ocean waves – Dr Clare Horrocks •Floating palaces: ships and their interiors – Dr Emma Roberts •Advertising the Cunard experience: ships’ posters and their audience – Professor Nick White Each talk will last 15-20 minutes, followed by time for questions. These talks, organised with Liverpool John Moores University, are some of the events held to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Cunard and their connections with Liverpool.

Barbara Hepworth Research Seminar, Tate Britain, London, Paper entitled; 'Barbara Hepworth and International Dialogues With America' presented at a research seminar dedicated to the study of Barbara Hepworth. This is to examine recent and current debates on this subject in preparation for a retrospective exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work to be held at Tate Britain, c. 2015. Other speakers included: Anna Greutzner-Robins; Robin Burstow; Eleanor Clayton; Rachel Smith; Ann Compton; Francis Guy and more. In the audience were Penelope Curtis; Margaret Garlake; Nigel Llewellyn and more. The event was filmed for Tate Archives.

Other Professional Activity:

Public Lecture: 'Always in Vogue: Vintage Fashion and the Revival of Style for New Generations' at Special Collections and Archives, Liverpool John Moores University, 25th May 2016. With accompanying exhibition of collections of 'Vogue' magazines from the LJMU Special Collections and Archives.

Presentation on 18th May 2016 at the Special Collections and Archives at Liverpool John Moores University. The presentation was entitled 'Always in Vogue: Vintage Fashion and Revivals of Style for New Generations’ and corresponded with the popular exhibition entitled 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style' at the National Portrait Gallery, London from February to June 2016. To coincide with the presentation an exhibition of important covers of 'Vogue' magazine was held at the Aldham Robarts Library and the public and staff and students of the university were invited.

Invited in 2016 to be a Peer Reviewer for an article submitted to 'Tate Papers On-Line'.

Organised and co-delivered a programme of lectures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum as part of Liverpool's One Magnificent City events to celebrate Cunard 175

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)