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Bea Cartwright

Bea Cartwright is a doctoral candidate in contemporary art history and theory. She is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, with further support from Christ Church college. Her research seeks to understand how contemporary art in the UK might be read as post-socialist. Usually considered to be the heyday of contemporary British art, she aims to reinterpret the seeming self-confidence of culture in the 1990s and early 2000s.

She will question the neoliberal undoing of Britain's left after 1989 and what the symbolic failure of the socialist project meant for artists during the period. So far, her research has encompassed objects dealing with notions of loss, rupture, and nostalgia, in centres such as Glasgow, the North East of England, and London. 

Bea holds an M.St in History of Art and Visual Cultures from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation 'From Subject, to Object, to Chicken: Making Sense of Material in Chaim Soutine' achieved a distinction. She also holds a first class BA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.