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Grace Brockington

Dr Grace Brockington is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Bristol. As a specialist in modern British art, she has particular interests in the connections between art and theatre, internationalism, and literature. Her work has been supported by a Philip Leverhulme Prize, an AHRC Early Career Fellowship, and a Visiting Scholarship at the Yale Center for British Art.

Her career began with an investigation into the peace movement in the early twentieth century, which she published as Above the Battlefield: Modernism and the Peace Movement in Britain, 1900-1918 (Yale University Press, 2010). This has led to projects about war and puppetry, Vanessa Bell’s experimental work, book illustration, and universal visual language. Larger, collaborative studies have developed through her research into art and internationalism. Together with Sarah Victoria Turner, she convened the AHRC-funded research network ICE (Internationalism and Cultural Exchange, 1870–1920). She has worked with Impermanence Dance Theatre and the Paul Mellon Centre to create a film and exhibition centred on experimental theatre in London in the First World War, which was published as the 11th issue of British Art Studies. She was guest curator for the exhibition Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth (RWA, Bristol, 2019).

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