Professor Catherine Elwes

Professor of Moving Image Art

Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon


Catherine Elwes studied at the Slade School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She co-curated two landmark feminist exhibitions, Women’s Images of Men and About Time, (ICA, London, 1980). From the 1980s, she specialised in video and installation exploring gender and identity. She has participated in many international festivals, including the British Art Show in Australia; Video Brazil in São Paulo, Brazil; and Recent British Video in New York, USA. Her tapes have been shown on Channel 4 as well as on Spanish, Canadian and French television networks. Her work is archived at Luxonline and REWIND.

Elwes is the author of Video Loupe (KT Press, 2000) and Video Art – A Guided Tour (I.B. Tauris, 2005), and she has written for publications such as Filmwaves, Vertigo, Third Text, Contemporary Magazine, and Art Monthly. She has written monographs on individual artists, and numerous book chapters and catalogue essays. She is currently writing Installation and the Moving Image and Landscape and the Moving Image for Wallflower Press.

From 1998 until 2003, she was Director of the UK/Canadian Video Exchange, a biennial festival that featured video from across Canada and the UK and in 2006, she co-curated Analogue, an international exhibition of early video art from the UK, Canada and Poland. Her most recent curatorial projects have been Figuring Landscapes, a collection of 55 works on the theme of landscape from the UK and Australia, which toured 11 venues in both countries between 2008–10 as well as Sea Fever, Finis Terrae Festival, Ouessant, Brittany, France.

Research interests

Artists’ film and video, feminist art, wartime SAS, installation and the moving image, landscape and the moving image.

Research statement

In 2012, Elwes founded  the international journal Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ) in collaboration with Intellect Books. With associate editors in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the journal is engaged in wide-ranging debates relating to moving image art practices from across the world. The journal was supported by an AHRC Artists’ Moving Image Research Network, of which Elwes was Principal Investigator. The Network brought together a distinguished international group of historians, theorists, critics, curators and practitioners to consider issues of contemporary relevance to the theory and practice of artists’ film and video.


Completed students & thesis titles

Genevieve Mc Gill, Ireland on Screen: the development of a critical documentary practice exploring identity through the archiving of the mediated image.

Kate Pelling, Editing Verbal Behaviour in Artists' Direct Address to Camera.

Selected research outputs