jean wainwrightProfessor Jean Wainwright

Director of the School of Fine Art and Photography Research Centre,
University for the Creative Arts

Jean Wainwright is an art historian, critic and curator living in London. Her areas of expertise are in contemporary art and photography, with particular reference to Andy Warhol, on whose life and works she is an internationally recognised expert. As a writer and academic she has published extensively in the contemporary arts field, contributing to numerous catalogues and books.  She also regularly appears on television and radio, most notably on Channel 4, the BBC, The Open University, Resonance FM and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

In 2011–12 Wainwright curated two UK Warhol exhibitions (The Search for Andy Warhol’s Voice and Andy Warhol’s Altered Ego). In 2014, she curated a major international exhibition, Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea.  

Wainwright’s practice as an art critic most prominently features interviews with international artists, photographers, filmmakers and curators. Her interviews can be found in the numerous catalogues she has contributed to, and her work has been published extensively in the media, including Audio Arts, The Art Newspaper, The Art Newspaper TV (for which she won an IVCA award), Art World, The Guardian, Art Review and Hotshoe.

Along with the entire unedited Audio Arts archive, Wainwright’s ‘conversations’ for Audio Arts magazine were acquired by The Tate Gallery in 2006. One hundred and seventy-seven of these ‘conversations’ are now available online on the Tate website. A number of Wainwright’s interviews also appear in Speaking of Art: Four Decades of Artists in Conversation (Phaidon, 2010).

As a presenter and interviewer, Wainwright has covered all the major art fairs and events over the past 15 years, including Frieze (London), Art Basel in Miami and Basel, the Venice Biennale and The Armory (New York).

Wainwright has also collaborated on a number of corporate arts projects for Futurecity, including Heathrow Terminal 2 (Slipstream), Grosvenor Waterside, Gilt of Cain, Ebbsfleet Valley and BT Connected World. She is also a consultant for Quintessentially Art.



PhD Supervision

Past PhD Students

Marie Therese Shortt (May 2015)
Patterning Culture: Developing a System for the Visual Notation of Greetings

Richard Couzins (2013)
Inside Out: The Under-theorised Object and Material Voice in Fine Art Practice

Currently Supervising

Rossella Emmanuelle
Re-entering the body: between action and image. A practice led investigation on the performativity of materials, live and mediated

Matt Johnson
PHOTO / BOOK; Connections (made and missed) between linked digital technologies, the photobook and its reader

Liv Pennington
I am not Content: Facing unwanted self images

Erin Solomons
At Home, Experiential Case Studies from the American Civil War Roand Contemporary Mental Illness 

David Summerill
Constructed Landscapes: Photographic Representation of the Relationship Between Humans and Nature 



Membership Professional Bodies

1999 –              Member of Chartered Institute of Journalists (Membership No. 43004)

2007 –              Panel Member, AHRC Peer Review College

2006 –              Nominator, Prix Pictet Award http://www.prixpictet.com/nominators/wainwright-jean

2012 –               Consultant, Quintessentially Art http://www.quintessentiallyart.com/4108-2/

2010 –               Associate Writer and Adviser, Futurecity http://futurecity.co.uk/team/




2009                  Winner, Online TV Category (Spike/TAN TV).  International Visual Communications Association (IVCA)