Professor Beth Harland

Beth Harland

Specialist areas

  • Art and temporality 
  • Painting and digital imaging
  • Art Spectatorship and cognition
  • Writing and visual art; multi-modal practices



Beth Harland studied at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Royal College of Art, London and completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Southampton. She is Professor of Fine Art, Director of Insight and Associate of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University.

She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Painting, co-editing issues on Painting and Cinema and Painting and Time. As an artist she has exhibited and curated widely, most recently Behind The Eyes; making pictures, Gallery North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and painting/tableau/stage, Urban Space, Columbus Ohio and The Seven Billionth Citizen (international video collaboration, exhibition and book), exhibited in Egypt, UK and Brazil. Her recent publications include Painting: Critical and Primary Sources, a four-volume work published by Bloomsbury Press in 2015. She is principal investigator of Picturing Perception, a research project in collaboration with the Centre for Vision and Cognition, University of Southampton; publications include experimental eye-tracking studies of spectatorship. Forthcoming projects include: Impermanent Durations, a series of exhibitions and symposia: Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, 2016; Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, following an iAIR residency at RMIT Melbourne, 2016; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, 2017. 



Latest posts:

Painting As Documentation Art — Exhibition by Young Maeng

Venue: Peter Scott Gallery Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW Dates: 12th, 15th–16th, 19th–20th, December 2016 Evening with the Artist: 5:30 – 7:30pm (Thurs) 15th Dec Hours: Mon–Fri (11am – 5pm) This exhibition is the outcome of Young’s art-practice based PhD research at LICA which explores the boundaries between painting and film, and …

08 Nov 2016 in Exhibition

Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time. Beth Harland, David Thomas, Ian Woo

Part 1 of the Exhibition: Singapore June — July 2016. Images:   Part 2, Melbourne, August 2016. Images: Related posts: Documentation Art Show & Workshop Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time Painting and Cinema, panel discussion Painting As Documentation Art — Exhibition by Young Maeng

19 Jul 2016 in Exhibition

Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time

Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time. Beth Harland, David Thomas, Ian Woo The aim of this project is to create a series of provocations and reflective experiences in a collaborative, site-sensitive manner. The three artists together explore how colour, matter, installation, painting and photography offer ways of negotiating our understanding of time and …

19 Jul 2016 in Project & Promoted tagged with: &

Painting: Critical and Primary Sources

Editors: Beth Harland and Sunil Manghani Publisher: Bloomsbury Painting: Critical and Primary Sources is a four-volume reference work that brings together seminal writings on the history, philosophy and practice of painting. The collected essays range across the domains of philosophy, history, aesthetics, literature, science, anthropology, critical theory, cultural studies and art …

10 Dec 2015 in Book