Final Conference Programme: see you in a few days’ time

Art on the Move – Mobility in the Long Nineteenth Century
Final Conference Programme


Day One: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

11-11.30 – Registration & refreshments

11.30-11.45 – Introduction

11.45-12.45 – Keynote 1: Pamela Fletcher (Bowdoin College): Circulation

12.45-13.45 – Lunch

13.45-15.30 – Panel One: Mobile narratives of art history, chaired by Barbara Pezzini (The National Gallery/University of Manchester)

  • Harriet O’Neil (Royal Holloway, London): Fixing the Mobile: Neo-Renaissance Frames and Renaissance Panels at the National Gallery
  • Karen Burns (University of Melbourne): Ornament in Motion: Colonial Frontiers at the Sydenham Crystal Palace and The Grammar of Ornament
  • Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University Nijmegen): Made in Belgium: The Export of the Belgian “School”and the International Economy of Art Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century

15.30-16.00 ­– Coffee/tea

16.00-18.00 – Panel Two: Artistic labour, patronage and mobility, chaired by Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham)

  • Kassie Edwards (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington): Enslaved Black Artists: A Peculiar Situation
  • Mayken Jonkman (RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague): The role of the patronage system within networks and artistic mobility. The case of Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822)
  • Caitlin Beach: (Columbia University, New York): Hiram Powers and the Routes of Atlantic Capital
  • Michaela Jones (Royal Holloway, London): Capturing the ‘Other’: Christiana Herringham’s Representations of India

18.00-20.00 – Drinks Reception, introduction by Linzi Stauvers, Ikon Gallery, and Private View of Bock Exhibition.



Day Two: Barber Institute Lecture Theatre, University of Birmingham

10.00-10.15 – Registration

10.15-11.15 – Keynote 2: Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta): Monuments on the Move: Travels and Replications across Britain and India 

11.15-11.35 – Coffee/tea

11.35-13.20 – Panel Three: Transatlantic mobility and replication, chaired by Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway)

  • Julie Codell (Arizona State University, Tempe): Autograph Replicas in Motion:  Industrial Production, Global Demand, and Conflicting Valuations
  • Miriam Oesterreich (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Migrations of ‚the Exotic’ in Early Advertising Pictures. Travelling between High and Low, Here and There, Idea and Thing
  • Ben Pollitt (University College London): Meetings on the beach: the exploratory art of John Webber

13.20-14.15 Lunch

14.15-16.15 Panel four: The logistics and materials of mobility, chaired by Fariha Shaikh (University of Birmingham)

  • Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh): Moving Architecture: Economic Shifts and the Victorian Building World
  • Natalia Gabrielsen (University of Arizona, Tucson): Circuits and Delivery in Charles Bird King’s Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees
  • Marie Tavinor (Christie’s Education, London): British Painting at the Venice Biennale: The Logics and Logistics of Exhibiting Abroad
  • Matthew C. Potter (Northumbria University, Newcastle): The physical and virtual movement of artworks in the British world: Anglo-Australian networks of exchange for artistic information and objects, 1860-1953’

16.15-16.25 Comfort break

16.25-16.45: Concluding Remarks: Where Next with Art and Mobility?



Art on the Move is split between two conference venues in Birmingham.

Friday 12 January: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Details about Ikon’s location are available here:

Saturday 13 January: Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham (Edgbaston Campus). Details here:

Further information about travelling to the University of Birmingham is available here:

We’d recommend staying in Birmingham city centre, making it easy to access Ikon on Friday 12th. The University is located outside the city centre, but is readily accessible by regular train to “University” from Birmingham New St.

Christopher Sheldon awarded Helene Roberts Bursary

Thank you to all who applied to the Helene Roberts Bursary, generously offered by Taylor & Francis in memory of Helene Roberts, the former editor of Visual Resources who died in 2008.

We were showered with applications and it was a very difficult choice, but we are pleased to announce that the Bursary has been granted to Christopher Sheldon a PhD student at the University of York. Christopher’s statement addressed directly the principal themes of the conference and presented a compelling case.

Here is his statement:

As the conference aims to explore several aspects in common with my existing research, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to engage with the multiple perspectives offered by the programme. The intimate but invisible dance between nineteenth century accelerative technologies, methods of art production and changing visual cognition has clearly suffered neglect as a systematic study. My research seeks an integrated, cross-disciplinary methodological approach to studying the emerging influence of photography and railway travel on the perception of Time and art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thus, one of the many common points of interest between my project and the event is the need to delineate nodal points in technological, cultural and social networks.

The effect of such mobility on art has profound similarities to the introduction of moveable type printing or the emergence of the internet. Questions abound where multi-dimensional networks are under pressure to accommodate such fundamental reshaping. Did the increased velocity of art and audience disrupt the ‘steady state’ relationship of observer and medium? What of moving observers struggling with their perceptions of static media? Beyond that, what of static observers confronting moving media?

Clearly, modes of perception disrupted and reconstructed by the long nineteenth century currently suffer incomplete process mapping. As a result, I would relish attending the conference, and the chance to investigate a fuller spectrum of the evidential fabric. I hope that a successful application will allow me to listen, reflect and join with others to create new ways forward for the subject.

And his biography:

CHRISTOPHER SHELDON is a Postgraduate student in the History of Art Department at the University of York, where he is studying the effect of photography and the railways on the perception and depiction of Time in Avante-garde art. Some of his research is being undertaken through the Institute of Railway Studies, a joint initiative of the University of York  and the UK National Railway Museum. His bachelor’s degree in English Literature was earned from Southampton University in 1979.




Helene Roberts Bursary


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Important Announcement:

Publishers Taylor and Francis have generously offered a Bursary for a postgraduate student (currently enrolled in MA or PhD courses anywhere in the world) to attend the conference. The Bursary is offered in memory of Helene Roberts (1925–2008), former editor of the journal Visual Resources.

All conference expenses to the Bursary holder will be waived and they will receive a contribution of £150 for their travel and accommodation.

In addition, the Bursary holder will have the opportunity to write a 500-1,000 words conference report for Visual Resources.

If you are interested in applying to the Helene Roberts Bursary, please write to the conference’s email address ( by Monday 18th December 2017, with the subject heading “Helene Roberts Bursary”, including a 250-word statement on how the conference intersects with your research interests.

Registration Open!

Registration is now open for Art on the Move



Event Package

(A) Standard Registration

Each day is £20 to attend. Please ensure that you select the days you wish to attend or your booking will not be valid.

(B) Concessionary Registration

This rate is for those without institutional financial support for their research e.g. Teaching Fellows, Independent Researchers

Each day is £10 to attend. Please ensure that you select the days you wish to attend or your booking will not be valid.