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Dr Emma Roberts

Dr Emma Roberts

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Biography

Dr. Emma Roberts is Associate Dean for Global Engagement for the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. In addition, she is Programme Leader and Lecturer in BA (Hons) History of Art and Museum Studies and for the Foundation Year in History of Art and Museum Studies. 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
Chinese (Mandarin)

Degrees

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

Academic appointments

Associate Dean for Global Engagement (Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies), Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Programme Leader: BA (Hons) History of Art, History of Art, Liverpool John Moores University, 1996 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Roberts EE. 2016. Journal Article: 'Edward Carter Preston's Figurehead of Admiral Nelson' in special issue dealing with maritime sculpture of 'Sculpture' Journal. Kelly J, Yarrington A, Moriarty C. Sculpture Journal, 24 :211-227 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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

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 Author Url

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

Roberts EE, Morris E. Author of the book: 'Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside' One Liverpool University Press and Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Liverpool 9781846314926 Publisher Url

Morris E, Roberts E. Author of the book: 'The Liverpool Academy and Other Exhibitions of Contemporary Art in Liverpool, 1774-1867' Liverpool Univ Pr 9780853236726

Roberts EE, Thistlewood D. Author of a Chapter within the book: 'Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3' Thistlewood D. '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 Author Url Publisher Url

Conference publication

Guo FB, Roberts E, Du H, Wang Y, Chen Y, Ge X. 2019. A Comparative Research of Culture-led Regeneration across Cities in China Proceedings of International Conference on Urban Studies and Planning 2019, ICUSP 2019 : International Conference on Urban Studies and Planning Public Url

Guo FB, Roberts E, Du H, Wang Y, Chen Y, Ge X. 2019. A Comparative Research on Culture-Led Regeneration across Cities in China Proceedings of International Conference on Urban Studies and Planning, ICUSP 2019 : International Conference on Urban Studies and Planning

Journal article

Guo F, Roberts E, Du H, Wang Y, Chen Y, Ge X. 2019. Comparative Research on Culture-Led Regeneration across Cities in China Proceedings of International Conference on Urban Studies and Planning (ICUSP 2019),

Roberts EE. 2016. Journal Article: 'Edward Carter Preston's Figurehead of Admiral Nelson' in special issue dealing with maritime sculpture of 'Sculpture' Journal. Kelly J, Yarrington A, Moriarty C. Sculpture Journal, 24 :211-227 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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

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

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 Author Url

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

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

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

Chapters

Roberts EE. 2019. Author of the Chapter: 'The Superliner and Liminal Space' within the book: 'Off Shore: Perspectives on Transatlantic Pleasure: Travel since the 19th Century'. Muller, C, Braasch, B, Schnurmann C. Off Shore: Perspectives on Transatlantic Pleasure: Travel since the 19th Century One :TBC-TBC Lit-Verlag. Berlin Publisher Url

Roberts EE. 'Intercultural Drawing Practices' CAIR , Chuhan J. Responses: Intercultural Drawing Practices Centre for Art Inernational Research. Liverpool 9780952316138

Roberts EE, Thistlewood D. Author of a Chapter within the book: 'Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3' Thistlewood D. 'Barbara Hepworth Reconsidered. Critical Forum Series Volume 3', Three Liverpool University Press and Tate Liverpool. Liverpool

Book

Roberts E, Mitha A. 2019. Who Do You Think You Are? The Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 Roberts E, Mitha A. :4-120 HOME, Manchester. Manchester, UK 978-1-9993720-0-2 Publisher Url

Roberts EE, Morris E. Author of the book: 'Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside' One Liverpool University Press and Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Liverpool 9781846314926 Publisher Url

Morris E, Roberts E. Author of the book: 'The Liverpool Academy and Other Exhibitions of Contemporary Art in Liverpool, 1774-1867' Liverpool Univ Pr 9780853236726

Book review

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

Exhibition

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

Other

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

Roberts EE. Scholarly Conversazione: The Building of Liverpool Cathedral Author Url Publisher Url

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Development through the Creative Economy in China: What Aspects of Participatory Design Can Help Urban Revitalisation; in Particular in the Restructuring of Former Industrial Zones in China., Dr Emma Roberts (CI); Jon Spruse (CI), Grant value (£): 250,000, Duration of research project: 36 months. 2018

Professional activities

Other invited event:

Public Lecture for Cheshire Art Fund: 'Fashion and Controversy: A New Look at Dior's Pots-War Silhouette', Bowden, Cheshire, Invited lecture for Cheshire Art Fund. The topic is fashion designer, Christian Dior and the 'New Look'. This is in connection with the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibition February-June 2019 on Christian Dior. See: https://www.artfund.org/whats-on/events/2019/06/05/lecture-by-emma-roberts-34fashion-and-controversy-a-new-look-at-dior39s-post-war-silhouhette34. 2019

Public 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.. 2018

Public Lecture: 'China's Famous Terracotta Army', World Museum, Liverpool, This was a public lecture by invitation from National Museums Liverpool. It coincided with their ground-breaking exhibition, 'China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors'. The lecture was presented to a full audience of 100 people. The web-link to the talk is here: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=36810. 2018

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. 2018

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. 2018

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.. 2018

'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. 2018

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.. 2017

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.. 2017

’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.. 2016

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.”. 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.. 2015

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.. 2013

Research Grants Awarded:

Arts and Humanities Research Council Newton Prize, Part A., Culture-Led Regeneration Across Cities in China., Guo, Fang., Grant value (£): 200,000.00, Duration of research project: One year.. 2019

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Development through the Creative Economy in China: What Aspects of Participatory Design Can Help Urban Revitalisation; in Particular in the Restructuring of Former Industrial Zones in China., Dr Emma Roberts (CI); Jon Spruse (CI), Grant value (£): 250,000, Duration of research project: 36 months. 2018

Conference presentation:

The Disney Town of Celebration, Florida: Fable and Spectacle., Fables of Modern Life: Images, Spectacle, Panoramic Society, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China, Oral presentation. 2018

Roberts, Emma (2018) ‘Poised Between East and West: Painters of the Philippines’, Asia Triennial, 'Who Do You Think You Are?’ Symposium, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Lecture.. 2018

Re-Cycling: The Bicycle as a Motif for Creating Identity in Disney’s Town of Celebration, USA, Heritage Across Borders: Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biannual Conference., Zheijiang University, Hangzhou, China, Oral presentation. 2018

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

‘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. 2015

'Fantasy Environments and the Liminal Spaces on Cunard Liners in the Nineteenth Century’., The Association of Art Historians’ Annual Conference, Royal College of Art, London, Oral presentation. 2014

'One of the Last Great Ship Figureheads: Edward Carter Preston’s Figurehead of Admiral Nelson on Board HMS Conway', Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Reading, UK, Oral presentation. 2013

'One of the Last Great Ship Figureheads: Edward Carter Preston's Figurehead of Nelson on HMS Conway’., The Association of Art Historians’ Annual Conference, University of Reading, Oral presentation. 2013

'Personal Development Planning', LJMU Learning and Teaching Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, 2007, Oral presentation. 2007

‘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, University of Georgia, Tallahassee, USA, Oral presentation. 2002

'Disney and Nostalgia', Unprincipled Passions: Emotion and Modernity, 2002 - 2002, University of Southampton University/Southampton Institute, Southampton,, Oral presentation. 2002

‘Barbara Hepworth and Dance’, Englishness and English Art Conference, University of York, Oral presentation. 1997

'Barbara Hepworth: The International Significance', The Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Oral presentation. 1996

External collaboration:

http://www.atm.mmu.ac.uk/, Asia Triennial Manchester- particularly Manchester School of Art, Alnoor Mitha. 2018

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=36810, National Museums Liverpool, World Museum. 2018

National Museums Liverpool, World Museum. 2018

National Museums Liverpool, World Museum. 2018

‘Cunard 175’, Dr. Emma Roberts. 2015

Liverpool Vision, Dr. Emma Roberts , Cunard 175 and Merseyside Maritime Museum. 2015

Merseyside Maritime Museum, 'Cunard 175' and Emma Roberts. 2015

https://www.artfund.org/get-involved/committee/cheshire, Cheshire Art Fund, Hilary Banner. 2015

http://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/event/life-on-the-ocean-wave-an-exhibition-of-cunard-collectibles/, Liverpool John Moores University, Culture Liverpool. 2015

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).. 2013

http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/401/section.aspx/400/creating_a_cathedral_photographic_exhibition_by_Stewart_Bale, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Val Jackson (Cathedral Archives). 2010

Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Student Placements. 2007

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Student Placements. 2006

Membership of professional bodies:

Board Member of the Centre for Port & Maritime Studies, Liverpool., Centre for Port & Maritime Studies, Liverpool., https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/research/centres/history-society-and-institutions/centre-for-port-and-maritime/about/. 2018

Ordinary Member, Design History Society, https://www.designhistorysociety.org/. 2018

Starboard Speakers, Entertainment Agency, http://starboardspeakers.com/. 2016

Sixth Star Entertainers, Entertainment Agency, http://www.sixthstar.com/. 2016

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/. 2013

Compass Speakers and Entertainers Limited, Entertainment Agency, http://www.compassspeakers.com/. 2013

Cruise Ship Enrichment, Entertainment Agency, http://www.cruiseshipenrichment.net/. 2012

College Art Association, College Art Association. 1997

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/. 1993

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 2013

Media Coverage:

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, Interviewed on Television Programme: Channel Four (U.K.), 'Three Minute Wonders (Tate ‘This Is Sculpture’)', Directed by Mike Figgis, Red Mullet Production, 17 December 2009. The topic was sculpture by the artist, Duchamp, and the programme was in association with the display at that time of sculpture by Duchamp at Tate Liverpool. This was shown on television and the resulting programme was then displayed in the gallery at Tate Liverpool and ran on a loop to accompany the exhibition..

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

Other Professional Activity:

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

Invited to be Board Member for the Centre for Port and Maritime Studies, Liverpool: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/research/centres/history-society-and-institutions/centre-for-port-and-maritime/about/.

Invited to be peer reviewer for 'International Journal of Heritage Studies'. September 2018.

Invited to be peer reviewer for 'Tate etc.' journal. 2016.

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.

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..

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..