Biography in Brief
Currently a Ph.D. Research Student at Manchester Metropolitan University in Art History. “Disputing Jewish and Christian Identities in Nineteenth Century Paintings”.
(The title may change yet….)
Supervisors: Dr. Fionna Barber (Art History) and Dr. Andrew Crome (History)
The starting point for my project is the Pre-Raphaelite painting The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple (1860) by William Holman Hunt. I am investigating what I refer to as the Jewish presence within the work. That is, Jews as depicted in the scene, Jewish people that posed for the picture, and the portrayal of Judaism.
The scene from the Gospel of Luke is known as the disputation. It is this aspect that I seek to explore. What do we mean by this, how did the scene depicting the twelve-year-old Jesus become known as a disputation?
I will examine a selection of British and European nineteenth century paintings with the aim of making a contribution to Art History, Pre-Raphaelite scholarship and the diverse field of Jewish studies. It will examine paintings undertaken by non-Jewish and Jewish artists.
I am interested in inter-disciplinary approaches to Jewish studies, Biblical/Religious studies, Hebrew Bible, Jewish-Christian relations, understanding and representing the Shoah. I am particularly interested in visual culture, especially painting and film and how such human made cultural objects carry meaning.
Awarded MA (Religions and Theology/Jewish Studies) with distinction from Manchester University in 2015. Awarded the Bernard Jackson Prize for the highest mark in a Jewish studies related dissertation. 2015.
In 2011, I accepted voluntary severance from a post as Head of Department at a sixth form college and decided to return to higher education to pursue an academic career. I had led and managed two departments, one of them I established from scratch.
Whilst working at the college, I completed a part time MA in Screen Studies from University of Manchester and a graduate certificate in Religions and Theology (as a distance learner) from the University of Wales Trinity St. David amongst other short courses.
I originally took an Art Foundation course (Bootle) followed by a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic.
Since leaving my most recent post, I have undertaken workshops and demonstration sessions, photographic assignments and some private teaching.
Before taking that post, I worked in a number of adult centres, further education colleges and a hospital as an art and/or media teacher.
I also undertook freelance work as an artist and photographer. As a student I worked in a theatre as lighting operator, stagehand, photographer and set painter.