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Dr Amy Charlesworth

Profile summary

Professional biography

BA (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, MA History of Art, PhD History of Art (both University of Leeds)

I joined the Open University in January 2015 having previously taught at the University of Leeds, Loughborough University and the University of Bradford. I have also worked for a number of organisations in the arts and culture sector.

Research interests

My research interests include: the relationship between experimental film history and the moving image within 20th and 21st century art history, social justice movements with a focus on feminism(s), feminist art and the women's liberation movement (in the UK and US) 1970 to 1990. My focus on moving-image art is also enhanced by my interest in photography theory (specifically documentary histories). More broadly, my research is concerned with realism and representation particularly as it relates to class, gender, race and sexuality and how this is mediated by lens-based imagery at the intersection of art and wider conceptions of visual media. I have developing interests in the digital humanities, disability and the arts and questions of feminisms and ecology as they relate to histories of Land art. 



Teaching interests

I am currently module chair of part two (A844) for our MA in Art History . I am contributing author to the third-year level A344 Art and its Global Histories and Subject Discipline Lead on our interdisciplinary level one module, A111 Discovering the Arts and Humanities. I have also chaired  AA318 Art of the Twentieth Century. From 2016 - 2018 Amy was also part of the steering group for Open Arts Objects, short (open access) films with teaching support material dedicated to the objects of art history and the skills of visual analysis.

Students interested in modern and contemporary art history and theory; moving-image art; critical approaches to relational aesthetics; lens-based media: disability and art should contact Amy Charlesworth via email.

Impact and engagement

Since 2013 Amy has worked with the grass-roots national campaign group The Voice of Domestic Workers. In 2016 the commissioned film I worked on, alongside the arts organisation, Pavilion, Leeds Animation Workshop, and artist Rehana Zaman, They Call Us Maids: The Domestic Workers' Story was shortlisted for the AHRC Research in Film Awards

External collaborations

External Examiner for Fine Art (BA Hons) (Art History component), Newcastle University, 2018 - 2021

Academic Reviewer for Leeds City College 2017 - 2019


On Absence and Saturation in Chantal Akerman's De l’autre côté (From the Other Side) (2017-08-31)
Charlesworth, Amy
Oxford Art Journal, 40(2) (pp. 287-305)

From Representation to the Biopolitical? A Review of Gender, artWork and the global imperative: A materialist feminist critique by Angela Dimitrakaki (2017)
Charlesworth, Amy
Historical Materialism, 25(4) (201 -214)

Voice in Ursual Biemann's Performing the Border (2017)
Charlesworth, Amy
Dissect(3) (pp. 277-291)

The 1970s and Today (2016-03-03)
Charlesworth, Amy
Oxford Art Journal, 39(1) (pp. 147-152)

Caught Between the Factory and the Home: Re-Visiting Feminist ‘Documentary’ Aesthetics under Globalised Capital (2015-07-13)
Charlesworth, Amy
Third Text, 29(1-2) (pp. 88-103)

Navigating spheres, shifts in emphasis: The documentary, the video essay and the social (2014-12-01)
Charlesworth, Amy
Art & the Public Sphere, 3(1) (pp. 31-44)

'Whose Housework, Whose Artwork? The Voice of Domestic Workers’ (2020-03-08)
Charlesworth, Amy and Begonia, Marissa
In: Deepwell, Katy ed. Feminist Art Activisms And Artivisms. Plural
ISBN : 9789492095725 | Publisher : Valiz | Published : Amsterdam