Professor 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:

Sensory Research Colloquium

Thursday 18th May 2017 LICA A36 Aim The Colloquium aims to increase mutual awareness and explore opportunities for sensory-related research with colleagues from across the university. We will introduce LICA’s recent publication Sensory Arts and Design in the broader context of Sensory Studies internationally, then give researchers from all Faculties the …

29 Nov 2017 in Sensory Arts & Workshop

Impermanent Durations; On Painting and Time

Beth Harland (UK) | Laura Lisbon (US) | David Thomas (AU) | Ian Woo (SG) Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University. 16th October — 10th November 2017 Impermanent Durations: On Painting and Time is an experimental exhibition and collaborative project by four contemporary painters. The artists will work together in the gallery, …

25 Oct 2017 in Exhibition

Perfume: Global Cultures Panel Discussion

Dr. Ian Heywood from Insight is taking part in this event. Join a leading panel of industry experts as they discuss the landscape of the world of contemporary fragrance. To coincide with the Perfume exhibition at Somerset House this evening panel discussion will explore the global audiences across the new frontiers …

06 Sep 2017 in External & Sensory Arts & Discussion

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