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Dr Nicola McCartney

Lecturer - Cultural Studies
Central Saint Martins
Researcher Research
Nicola  McCartney


Nicola McCartney is an artist and educator, and lectures in Cultural Studies on the Fashion and Jewellery and Textiles programmes at Central Saint Martins. She occasionally also works across Fine Art and for external institutions, such as the National Gallery.

Nicola has undertaken artistic residencies overseas and in the UK, including Yinka Shonibare MBE’s studio. She is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art and obtained her Master’s degree in History of Art from Christ Church, University of Oxford. She was an Associate Research Fellow in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck, University of London, where she also completed her PhD researching artistic identity and authorship. Her monograph, Death of the Artist: art world dissidents and their alternative identities (2018) is published with IBTauris of Bloomsbury. Nicola was a Trustee of the Association of Art Historians, has been a Getty Scholar in L.A (U.S.A) and written for British Art Journal, The Spectator and Apollo magazine.

Research interests include:
Gender; Feminism; Authorship; Contemporary Art; Drag; Performance & Documentation; Artistic Identity; Celebrity Culture; Ageing


Current research students

  • Lydia Kaye, Fashion, Technology and the Post-Gendered Body of the Future (Joint supervisor)
  • Ellen Rogers, Recasting Melancholia in Western Fashion Photography: Why Does the Sad Girl Sell? (Joint supervisor)