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Anna Powell is a Researcher and Lecturer in Art and Design Theory in the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Anna was awarded her PhD in History of Art and Museum Studies in January 2012 from the University of Leeds, for which she was the Stanley and Audrey Burton Scholarship holder. She received an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2005) and a BA (joint hons.) in English and History of Art (2004) from the University of Leeds. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2015 completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Research Supervision.

Anna joined the University of Huddersfield in 2012 as Research Assistant in Contemporary Art, where her primary role was to support the development of Impact Case Studies for the School's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 submission.

Anna worked in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds from 2008-12, providing lecture and seminar support across core modules and elective modules including 'A Story of Art?', ‘The English Country House’ and ‘An Introduction to Museum Studies’. At this time she also managed a Heritage Lottery funded public engagement partnership project for the University of Leeds and the M&S Company Archive.

Anna has been commissioned to work on various projects for Leeds Art Gallery, producing interpretation resources and working with artists to develop workshops for the public, and has supported numerous collaborative arts projects for events including The Big Draw, Light Night, Black History Month and Archives Awareness Month.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Art-audience relationships
  • - Artistic encounters
  • - Art and play
  • - Public engagement

Research Degree Supervision

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Research Output 2014 2018

The Image is a Moment – the art of the visual encounter

Powell, A. & Hibbert, S. 19 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) Transimage 2018. University of Edinburgh, 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Mass Media

Measuring the Immeasurable: Articulating the Value of Culture

Swindells, S. & Powell, A. Dec 2016 In : The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts. 11, 4, p. 39-47 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

work culture
social economics

ROTOЯ Transdisciplinary Dialogue and Debate: A Public Engagement Case Study

Powell, A. & Swindells, S. 20 May 2015 In : Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 184, p. 79-86 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
contemporary art

Treasure-Hunting, Conversation and Chance: Game-Playing through Artistic Encounters

Powell, A. 2015 Play of Individuals and Societies. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, p. 47-58 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
1 Citations

Introducing the Archive of Nothingness (AON) - A co-curated digital archive and live research project

Powell, A. & Heys, P. 1 Sep 2014 In : Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. 7, 3, p. 505-510 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

research project

Activities 2014 2014

  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Oral presentation

Intersecting Practices

Powell, A. (Organiser), Louisa Briggs (Organiser), Nick Cass (Organiser), Gill Park (Organiser)
23 Apr 2014

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Intersecting Practices

Powell, A. (Organiser), Nick Cass (Organiser), Louisa Briggs (Organiser), Gill Park (Organiser)
28 May 2014

Activity: Organising a conference, workshop, ...