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Rosemary Shirley

Dr Rosemary Shirley (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Her research centres on cultural representations of rural places and she has published widely on this subject including her monograph Rural Modernity, Everyday Life and Visual Culture (Routledge). She co-curated the critical landscape exhibition Creating the Countryside at Compton Verney, and co-edited the related publication Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll Past and Present (Paul Holberton). In 2021 she co-curated Everywhere: Life in a Littered World an exhibition exploring artistic responses to litter and pollution at The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth. She was a research partner in The Rural: Contemporary Art and Spaces of Connection led by Whitechapel Gallery and her writing was included in the Documents in Contemporary Art edition: Rural (Whitechapel/MIT Press). She is currently writing a book about contemporary art and rural places, and a collection of creative and critical essays that takes the Midlands region of the UK as lens through which to explore contemporary rurality.

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