Professor Anne Massey
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Subject(s): Fashion & Design
Professor Massey is a curator, researcher and writer specialising in both the history of British Pop Art and interior design. She has written seven books, edited and co-edited four and contributed chapters to many others. She studied the history of modern art and design at the University of Northumbria where she also completed her PhD on The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition in 1984 which was published as The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition by Manchester University Press in 1995. Her Thames & Hudson book, Interior Design Since 1900 (2008) is core reading on interior design courses worldwide. She was the founding editor of the academic journal, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture published by Taylor & Francis. She has broadcast on BBC4, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4. Professor Massey has curated exhibitions at the Millais Gallery, Southampton; the ICA, London and the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. She has just finished co-editing, with Alex Seago, Pop Art and Design (Bloomsbury 2017) and has just finished co-curating an exhibition on Pioneers of Pop at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as well as editing the exhibition catalogue. Currently, she is working on a biography of Dorothy Morland for Liverpool University Press.
- Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing, Open University (2009)
- MBA, Open University (2000)
- PhD The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition, University of Northumbria (1984)
- BA (Hons), University of Northumbria (1980)
Relevant Past Employment
- 2016-2017: Professor of Design & Culture, Associate Dean Research, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
- 2012-2016: Professor of Design and Director of Research, School of Art & Design, Middlesex University
- 2004-12: Professor of Design History, Kingston University
- 2001-03: Director of School of Design, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth
- 1990-2001: Southampton Institute
- 2000-01: Research Professor
- 1994-2000: Dean of Media Arts Faculty and Professor of Design History
- 1993-94: Reader in Design History and Cultural Studies
- 1992-93: Principal Lecturer in Design History and Cultural Studies
- 1990-92: Senior Lecturer in Design History and Cultural Studies
- 1989-1990: Visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths’ College, Kingston Polytechnic and Chelsea College of Art and Design
- 1988-9: Visiting lecturer at V & A Museum, Kingston Polytechnic and Central School of Art and Design. Research Assistant for Prof James King, McMaster University, Canada for the monograph of Herbert Read, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990 and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
- 1987-8: Director of Design History, Inchbald School of Design
- 1986-7: Visiting lecturer at Central School of Art and Design, Kingston Polytechnic and Winchester School of Art
- 1985-6: Director of Research for an Elephant Trust project on the history of the I.C.A. with Mario Amaya and Sir Roland Penrose
- 1984-5: Visiting lecturer at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design and South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education
- 1983-4: Visiting lecturer at Kingston Polytechnic, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education and Sunderland Polytechnic
- 1982-3; Course tutor on Open University’s Popular Culture course
- 1981-2: Visiting lecturer at Cleveland College of Art and Design, Newcastle College of Arts and Technology and Sunderland Polytechnic
Member of the Association of Art History, Design History Society and International Association of Art Critics.
Teaching & Course Development
Led on the development of the doctoral training programme for the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University. Contributed to the development of the theory component for the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Interior Design.
Supervised research students and taught all years on the interior design programmes at Middlesex University.
- 2017: One PhD successfully completed at Middlesex University
- 2016: One PhD successfully completed at Kingston University
- 2015: One PhD successfully completed at Kingston University
- 2013: One PhD, successfully completed at Middlesex University and one at Kingston University
- 2011: One PhD, successfully completed, Kingston University.
- 2010: One MA by Research, successfully completed, Kingston University.
- 2009: One PhD, successfully completed, Kingston University.
- 2002: One PhD, successfully completed. Southampton Institute.
- 2001: One PhD, successfully completed at Southampton Institute.
- 2000: One PhD, successfully completed, Southampton Institute.
- 1998: One MPhil, successfully completed, Southampton Institute.
- 1997: One MPhil, successfully completed, Southampton Institute.
- 1998-2016: Examined 14 MPhil/PhDs at Edinburgh University, Kingston University, London College of Fashion, Loughborough University, Manchester University, Pretoria University, Reading University and the Royal College of Art.
- 2009-13: Richmond University in London, MA Art History and Visual Culture
- 2009: External panel member for validation of MA Art History, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
- 2004-9: BIAD, External Examiner for MA Histories of Art and Design
- 2005-8: University College for the Creative Arts, External Examiner for Historical and Theoretical Studies, School of Design Rochester.
- 2000-4: Norwich School of Art and Design, External Examiner for BA (Hons) Visual Studies.
- 2002-3: Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, External Examiner for theory element of all undergraduate art and design degrees.
- 1996-9: Derby University, External Examiner for design history on all undergraduate art and design courses.
- 1994-7: University of Westminster, External Examiner for theory on all undergraduate art and design courses.
- 1994: Kingston University, External panel member for review of BA (Hons) Fine Art.
- 1988-900: Birkbeck College, External Examiner for MA Art History.
- Massey, A. and Seago, A. (2017) (Eds) Pop Art and Design, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
- Massey, A. (2017) Contribution ‘The Metallization of a Dream’, in exhibition catalogue, Eduardo Paolozzi: Image-Breaking, Image-Making, London: Whitechapel Gallery.
- Massey, A. (2016) Chapter ‘Networks, Media and Communications: London’ in exhibition catalogue, Postwar – Art between the Pacific and Atlantic 1945 – 1965, Munich: Haus der Kunst.
- Massey, A. (2016) Chapter, ‘The Independent Group and Early Pop’ in exhibition catalogue, This Was Tomorrow: The Invention of Pop Art in Great Britain, Wolfsburg: Kunstmuseum.
- Massey, A. (2014) ICA London: 1946-68, London: ICA, with Introduction by Gregor Muir
- Massey, A. (2013) Guest Editor, Journal of Visual Culture, Special Issue on ‘BUNK: Celebrating 60 Years of the Independent Group’, plus 6,000 word essay and Introduction, August.
- Massey, A. (2013) Out of the Ivory Tower: The Independent Group and Popular Culture, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Massey, A. and Sparke, P. (2013) Interior Lives: Biography and the Interior, Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Massey, A. and Avermaete, T. (2012) Hotel Lobbies:Anonymous Domesticity and Public Discretion, plus Chapter 2 ‘Learning From Los Angeles: Hollywood Hotel Lobbies’, Abingdon: Routledge Architecture.
- Massey, A. (2011) Chair, Reaktion ‘Objekt’ series, London and Chicago: Reaktion/Chicago University Press.
- Massey, A. and Micklethwaite, P. (2009) ‘Unsustainability: Towards a New Design History’ with Paul Micklethwaite, Design Philosophy Papers, Issue 2, http://www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/dpp_journal/journal.html
- Sparke, A. Massey, T.Keeble, B.Martin (Eds) (2009) Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, P. Sparke, A. Massey, T.Keeble, B.Martin (Eds) Oxford: Berg.
- Massey, A. (2008) Interior Design Since 1900, London: Thames & Hudson World of Art, 3rd Edition.
- Massey, A. (2006) Designing Liners: Interior Design Afloat, Abingdon: Routledge Architecture.
- Massey, A. (2005) ‘Developing Creativity for the World of Work: A Case Study’, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, Volume 4, Issue 1.
- Massey, A. (2000) Hollywood Beyond the Screen: Design and Material Culture, Oxford and New York: Berg Publishing/New York University Press.
- Massey, A. (1995) The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-59, Manchester University Press.
- Massey, A. (1994) Blue Guide to Berlin and Eastern Germany, London: A and C Black.
Conference Papers Given
- Co-chair for panel, ‘Pop Art and Design’ Accepted for Association of Art Historians Annual conference, Courtauld Institute and King’s College, April 2018
- Co-organiser of annual Design History Society conference, Design and Time, Middlesex University, 8th-10th September 2017
- Invited keynote speaker, Interior Worlds Congress, Amsterdam, September 2013
- Invited speaker, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland on ‘The Interior Spaces of Ocean Liners’, May 2013
- Organiser of ‘Parallel of Life and Art: Exhibitions and the Independent Group’, ICA April 2013
- Organiser of ‘BUNK: Celebrating 60 Years of the Independent Group’, ICA, April 2012
- ‘Ephmeral’, Interior Wor(l)ds Conference, Faculty of Architecture, Milan Polytechnic, October 2010.
- Joint organiser, with Bridget May, Marymont University, Virginia, USA Looking into the Modern Interior: History, Theory and Discipline in Education and Practice Atlanta, Georgia,March 23-24, 2010
- Invited to be a referee and chair for the Annual Design History Conference, 2009.
- Invited speaker at Plenary and contributor of paper, ‘The changing face of British national identity: the interior design of ocean liners’, 5th Jubilee Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, T2M, Helmond, the Netherlands, October 2007.
- Contributor of paper, ‘Designer Chairs as Metaphor’ at Design, Body, Sense, Annual Conference of the Design History Society, Kingston University, September 2007.
- Co-organiser with Victoria Walsh and Nigel Whiteley of ‘Between Concept, Practice and Discipline: The Legacy of the Independent Group in the Digital Age’, Tate Britain, March 2007.
- Convener of strands Order and Chaos II and Evolution and Architectural Context, and contributor of paper ‘From Type Form to Typology: the Ocean Liner’ at Design and Evolution, Annual Conference of the Design History Society, TU Delft, September 2006
- Convener of the strand Moving Design and contributor of paper ‘Chandeliers on the Great Eastern: Hierarchies of Luxury Afloat’ at Locating Design, Annual Conference of the Design History Society, London Metropolitan University, September 2005.
- Invited paper on ‘Lawrence Alloway, the Father of Visual Culture?’ at International Conference, Abstraction’s Utopia: Politics of Perception in the Extended Field of Visual Culture Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France, May 27, 2005.
- Joint organiser and contributor to Modernity, Modernism and the Interior 1870-1970, 7th Annual Dorich House Conference, Kingston University, May 2005. Paper delivered: ‘From Chintz to Formica: Constructing National Identity in the Age of Modernism’.
- Paper on ‘The Independent Group and As Found’, International Conference on Alison and Peter Smithson, TU Delft, Netherlands, June 2003
- Paper on ‘The Independent Group’, International Conference on As Found, Architectural Association, London, November 2001
- Paper on ‘The Independent Group’, National Conference on The Radical Image, Southampton University, October 2001.
- Paper on ‘The Woman Artist: Sylvia Sleigh’, Annual Conference of Art Historians, Southampton University, April 1999.
- Organiser and speaker at ‘Design Seen Through the Eye of a Camera: Charles and Ray Eames in Britain’, Design Museum, October 1998
- Chair of ‘Design and the Shopping Environment’ strand at the 16th Annual Conference of the Design History Society, Glasgow School of Art, December 1994.
- Organised and contributed to the 15th Annual Design History Society Conference at Southampton with Dr Judy Attfield and Keith Bartlett, December 1993.
- Organised one day conference at the I.C.A. on The Independent Group: Towards a Redefinition, February 1990.
- Organised short course at the Chartered Society of Designers on Interior Design: New Inspiration, January-March 1990.
- Paper on ‘Theories of Design in the 1950s’ at the 9th Annual Design History Society Conference at Brighton Polytechnic, September 1987.
- Paper on ‘The Role of the I.C.A. in the 1950s’, Royal Academy Symposium on Twentieth Century British Art, February 1987.
- Paper on ‘The Independent Group and Modernism in Britain’ at the 1984 Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians, Edinburgh University, March 1984.
- Paper on ‘The Independent Group as Design Theorists’ at the 3rd Annual Design History Society Conference, City of London Polytechnic, September 1981.
- 2017: Awarded £5,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund for the Pioneers of Pop exhibition catalogue, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
- 2016: Awarded £750 by the Design History Society towards publication costs for Pop Art & Design
- 2014: Awarded £10,000 by Paul Mellon Fund for production of ICA book
- 2012: Scouloudi Foundation, £850 for production of MUP boo
- 2011: AHRC, Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich on ‘Serving the Empire: P & O, Design, Modernity and Representation.’ Value c£60,000
- 2011: Paul Mellon Fund, support for conference, BUNK: 60 Years of the Independent Group. Value £1,500.
- 2007: AHRC, Collaborative Doctoral Award with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich on ‘Accommodating the Passenger: Interior Design for the Union Castle Line, 1945-77.’ Value c£55,000
- 2006: British Academy, £2,000 for Tate Britain conference: ‘Between Concept, Practice and Discipline: The Legacy of the Independent Group in the Digital Age.’
- 2006: AHRC, £12.600 for ‘The Metallization of a Dream: Eduardo Paolozzi and the Independent Group, a case study in creative practice and theory in the digital age.’
- 2004: AHRC, £4,976 for ‘Designing Liners: Interior Design Afloat’.
- 2004: HEFCE £12,000 for Promising Young Researchers Scheme.
- 2002: ADC-LTSN £2,600 for ‘Developing Creativity for the World of Work.’
- 1997: Southern Arts, £2,000 for exhibition ‘Romancing Hollywood: the Construction and Reception of Glamour.’