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Professor Eileen Hogan

Wimbledon College of Arts
Researcher Research
Eileen  Hogan


Eileen Hogan is a practicing artist and researcher. Her current touring exhibition and the accompanying book published by the Fleming Wyfold Art Foundation, focus on the relationship between places and people and between presence and absence. The exhibitions consist of paintings, drawings, books, photographs, archival material and sound recordings, made over a period of 12 years, of Ian Hamilton Finlay and his garden, Little Sparta. Solo shows include Vacant Possession at NewArtCentre, Roche Court, Winchester; Eileen Hogan at Little Sparta at the Fleming Collection, London and as part of Artists Books and the Natural World, Yale Center for British Art New Haven USA. She is on the National Gallery panel for its Associate Artist Scheme, and is a patron of Mindroom, a Scottish charity for children with learning disabilities.

My research explores the relationship between portraiture and biography using oral history as part of the methodology. It is also concerned with the various ways that artists engage with archives. A recent project draws together the book arts collections at Chelsea College Arts, Tate and the V&A in order to establish a common understanding of artist’s books and their place in the art school, the museum and the library. Work with Baring Archive, held at the ING Bank, looks at the relationship between art and money. Establishing the Jocelyn Herbert Archive, an international visual and literary archive, at Wimbledon College of Arts, has enabled the relationship between theatre design courses and an important theatre archive to be examined.

'A Transatlantic Conversation' (an article commissioned by the Journal of Artists’ Books) explores the inter-relationships between book art in the US/UK in the context of major national collections and the way that digital innovation and the online revolution have opened up new opportunities to transform our understanding, appreciation and care of artist books. With the support of an AHRC award, Tate and UAL (I was co-investigator), an interdisciplinary research network was established with the V&A and British Library. There is a webpage on Tate’s Research Pages and audio recordings of the workshops are currently in the process of being archived by Tate’s Library and Archive. I produced one of the two new pieces of artwork for the project, working with Armadillo Systems, to develop A Narrated Portrait, presented at the final workshop at the V & A. A Transatlantic Conversation documents this research and will be published in the Autumn issue of JAB (the Journal of Artists’ Books).

In 2014 I will co-curate and participate in an exhibition at the YCBA, Artists’ Books and the Natural World, which will concentrate on the connections between depictions of the natural world in contemporary artists’ books and in older rare book and manuscript material, tracing the interest in natural history and gardens from the sixteenth century to the present. It will consider how both aesthetically oriented activities such as sketching, collage and cut paper work and more scientific practices of collecting and categorising specimens in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, continue to influence and inspire contemporary book artists. Works will be selected primarily from the YCBA, with loans of key historic works from other Yale Collections and a number of works from the featured contemporary artists who have responded to specific historic works and places. My work relating to Little Sparta and Ian Hamilton Finlay will be included.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • The Linbury Trust, Jocelyn Herbert Fellowship, £75,000.00, (2017-2019)
  • Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, Jocelyn Herbert Archive, £75,000.00, (2016-2017)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Transforming Artists Books, £2,471.26, (2012-2012)
  • Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, RHF Studentships (Jocelyn Herbert Archive, Drawing, Engagment with Archives), £180,000.00, (2010)

Research Outputs

Art/Design item

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item


Current research students

  • June Rowe, Sculpting Beauty; A Cultural Analysis of Mannequin Design and the Shaping of Fashionable Feminine Silhouettes. (Lead supervisor)
  • Patricia Scott-Cumming, Socialising the Archive: Art and the Archival Encounters. (Lead supervisor)