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Dr Jennifer Powell

Dr  Jennifer  Powell


Research interest include British and international sculpture of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly that dating from c. 1915 to c. 1960; exhibitions cultures and identity constructions in the same period


Jennifer joined Kettle’s Yard in 2013 where she is Head of Collection, Programme and Research. She formally joined the department in October 2017 as a part-time lecturer specialising in modern and contemporary art, but previously contributed to teaching as a visiting lecturer. At Kettle's Yard she leads the programming and collection teams, overseeing the exhibitions, music, collection and learning functions. She has curated the exhibitions and edited accompanying books on artists such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Anthea Hamilton, Antony Gormley and Richard Pousette-Dart. Her academic research specialism focuses on 19th and 20th century British sculpture, exhibitions practices and anglo-french exchanges from 1945-1965 (the subject of her PhD).

Jennifer studied as an undergraduate and completed her MPhil and PhD at the University of Birmingham. She previously lectured at the University of Birmingham and University of Warwick. She has held positions at the V&A as a curator and researcher on the project Mapping Sculpture 1850-1950 and for three and a half years as Assistant Curator Modern British Art at Tate Britain. At Tate, Jennifer has worked on major exhibitions including Barry Flanagan Early Works and Schwitters in Britain and on displays such as Naum Gabo – Prototypes for Sculpture and Basic Design. She also curated the Henry Moore galleries. She has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues including Schwitters in Britain (Tate), Modern British Sculpture (Royal Academy), Sculpture Victorious (Yale/Tate), Actions. The image of the world can be different (Kettle's Yard) and articles to peer-reviewed journals such as the Sculpture Journal and Tate’s Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity research pages. She regularly participates in international academic conferences and was recently an invited speak to the Whitney Museum of American Art's conference that marked the artist Richard Pousette-Dart's centenary.