Dr Pat Hurrell

Lecturer in Contextual Studies

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Pat has been a part-time lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies on the BA (Hons) in Photography at the University of Suffolk since 2007. She gained a BA in Art and Design with Literary Studies at Suffolk College in 1998 and completed an MA with distinction in History and Theory of Modern Art at the University of Essex in 1999. Her PhD at the University of Essex, on the historical and contemporary artistic representation of women in relation to hysteria, had a strong emphasis on photography and was awarded in 2004. A commission to write a book about a local sculptor, Bernard Reynolds, was undertaken the following year, and this stimulated an interest in the art and culture of East Anglia which underpins Pat’s most recent research.

Pat has continued to research East Anglia as a site of historical and contemporary art and culture. In 2015, she convened a session at the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians at the University of East Anglia, entitled ‘Envisioning East Anglia: Historical and Contemporary Representations’. Pat selected five speakers to give papers related to the cultural history of East Anglia, highlighting the region’s role as an important source of subject matter and artistic practice within British art between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries.

During 2018-19, Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich hosted the exhibition ‘Kiss & Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture’ featuring Rodin’s famous sculpture The Kiss. Pat was among the speakers at the spin-off event, the Rodin Study Day at the University of Suffolk in March 2019, where she contributed a paper entitled ‘Modernism in Paris and Suffolk: bridging the gap between Auguste Rodin and Bernard Reynolds’. She was also part of the panel, alongside sculptor Laurence Edwards and Rodin scholar Dr Natasha Ruiz-Gomez.   

Currently (December 2020), Pat is collaborating with Dr. Nicola Foster and PhD students at Southampton Solent University to stage an international online conference entitled ‘Poetic Translations: conversations across the arts disciplines in visual arts exhibitions’. She will  present a paper entitled ‘ Translations and transactions between book and exhibition: The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald and “Lines of Sight: W.G. Sebald’s East Anglia” at Norwich Castle Museum.’ 


Photography, Level 4  Critical Studies: Photography and Visual Culture (Module Leader)

Photography, Level 5  Themes and Ideas: Perspectives on Photography (Module Leader)

Photography, Level 6  Dissertation – Photography  (Module Leader)

The Sculptor Bernard Reynolds (2010). Bristol: Sansom Publishing.