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Dr Matt Retallick

Lecturer, Art History and Curating

Dr Matt Retallick (Art Historian / Curator) is a Lecturer of Art History and Curating at Manchester School of Art. His research interests are broadly situated within a range of issues connected to modernism. He is interested in the slippages and transitional moments between art and artists, artistic movements, and ideologies. He examines hidden or little-known modernisms and aims to reframe standard art historical accounts. This includes a particular expertise in St Ives and Cornish modernism, but also British, Irish, and German contexts more widely. His doctoral research is the first in-depth scholarly study of the German/Cornish painter Karl Weschke (1925-2005).

Matt has worked in a curatorial capacity at a number of well-known cultural institutions, and galleries both public and commercial. In 2023, he became Curating Subject Lead at Manchester School of Art.

Matt welcomes enquires from prospective PhD students in all of these stated or related areas:

St Ives modernism
Cornish modernism / visual culture
British modernism / visual culture
Irish modernism / visual culture
German modernism / visual culture
Anglo-German modernism
German art (1920s 1990s)
Art and subculture in divided Berlin (1961-1989)
The Austrian / Viennese avant-garde


PhD in Art History, Manchester Metropolitan University (2023)
MA Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes (2014)
BA (Hons) Curation, Central Saint Martins (2009)

Professional Activities:

Membership of the Visual Culture Research Cluster (MMU), International Council of Museums (ICOM), British Art Network (Tate / Paul Mellon / Yale), and he is an honorary lifetime member of the Modernist Society (UK). Matt also writes for publications such as Art UK. In 2023 he became a trustee of The Royal Standard, Liverpool's largest community of artists, and Penwith Gallery in St Ives, home to the Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall.