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Dr Jennifer Powell

Dr  Jennifer  Powell

Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Kettle’s Yard

Modern and contemporary art, especially sculpture; post-war exhibition practices; visual art and French existential philosophy


Jennifer joined Kettle's Yard in 2013. She leads the programming, collection and research teams, overseeing exhibitions, music, collection, research and learning.

Previously she 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 a curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain. At Tate, Jennifer worked on major exhibitions including Barry Flanagan Early Works, Schwitters in Britain and on displays such as Naum Gabo - Prototypes for Sculpture and Basic Design. She also curated the Henry Moore galleries. Most recently at Kettle's Yard she curated the exhibition New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Art Dance and Movement in London 191-1915.

Jennifer studied as an undergraduate and completed her MPhil and PhD at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on 19th and 20th century British sculpture; international exchanges from 1945-1965, with particular focus on Britain, France and America; exhibition practices/ spaces and identity constructions through exhibitions from the 1900s to the present day.

She is the co-editor of Art and Migration. Art Works by Refugee Artists from Nazi Germany in Britain (George-Bell-Institute, co-edited with Dr. Jutta Vinzent, 2005) and editor of New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Art Dance and Movement in London 191-1915 (Kettle’s Yard, 2015). She has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues including Sculpture Victorious (Yale/Tate, 2014); Schwitters in Britain (Tate, 2013); Modern British Sculpture (Royal Academy, 2011). Peer reviewed articles include those published in Sculpture Journal (2012) and Tate's Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity project (2015).

Jennifer has lectured at the University of Birmingham and University of Warwick. She currently contributes to teaching and supervision within the History of Art Department and supports students with interests in modern and contemporary art, the history of exhibitions and display, and curatorial practices.