Jennifer Thatcher

University of Edinburgh

Close Encounters: The Development of the Artist Interview

Academic History:

Oct 2017 - Sept 2020: PhD


Professor Neil Mulholland, University of Edinburgh

Dr Susannah Thompson, Glasgow School of Art

Lauren Dyer Amazeen

Research Interests:

  • Art criticism
  • Interviews
  • Sound recording
  • Feminism
  • Exhibition histories
  • Choreography


AHRC Doctoral Studentship


Regular contributor to Art Monthly (since 2004), ArtReview (since 2006) and ARTnews (since 2015). Also written for MAP, Mute, PLUK, Modern Painters, Flash Art and Blueprint. Regular contributor to exhibition catalogues.

Member of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA.

Selected published work (books, features, essays, interviews):

'Tom Dale: knowledge vs. information', catalogue essay, Volatile Structures, John Hansard Gallery (forthcoming)

Interview with Howard Jacobson and feature, 'Shakespeare Revisited', Ralph Heimans Portraits, The Museum of National History, Hillerød, Denmark, 2018

Five of my interviews included in Patricia Bickers (ed), Art Monthly: Talking Art 2: Interviews with artists since 2007, London: Riding House, 2018

'No Surprises', Art Monthly, March 2018

Life and Art in St James’s Market, book on public art for Futurecity, 2018

‘The Art School of Kent’, Art Quarterly, autumn 2017

‘London Round-up’, ARTnews, spring 2017

‘London Round-up’, ARTnews, winter 2016-7

Guerrilla Girls interview, Art Monthly, November 2016

‘London Round-up’, ARTnews, spring 2016

Mark Leckey interview, Art Monthly, December 2015 – January 2016

‘Mother and Child Divided’ feature, Art Monthly, July-August 2015

Two texts for Whitstable Biennale journal on public art & interview with Emma Hart, spring 2015

Pablo Bronstein interview, Art Monthly, October 2014

Hito Steyerl interview, Art Monthly, April 2014

Danh Vo interview, Art Monthly, December 2013 – January 2014

‘Brad Downey, I Was Here’, catalogue essay, in Brad Downey, The Spat Upon, SIC, Helsinki, 2013

‘The Mother of All Battles’ feature, Art Monthly, June 2013

‘Colin Booth: Jesus Wept’, essay for exhibition brochure, public art commission, Hastings, 2012

‘Miriam Bäckström’, catalogue essay, Artes Mundi, September 2012

Tino Sehgal interview, Art Monthly, September 2012

‘Olympic Art’ feature, Art Monthly, September 2012

‘Nogah Engler: Ashes on the Tuileries Gardens’, catalogue essay in Nogah Engler: Paintings, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, 2012

‘Yu-Chen Wang: The Song of the Machines’, catalogue essay, Chinese Art Centre, 2012

‘Gormley’s Dick and Other Urban Interventions’, Spontaneous Sculptures, Berlin, 2011

‘Hew Locke: Starchitect’, catalogue essay for New Forest Pavilion, Venice Biennale, June 2011

‘Lipp’s Parrot’, Southard Reid gallery, October 2010

‘Extreme Gallery Makeover’, Art Monthly, September 2010

‘Art of Survival: UK’, MAP, autumn/winter 2010

‘The Secret Copy’, Pavilion New Commissions, January 2010

‘Crunch Time’, Art Monthly, December 2009 – January 2010

‘Art Pilgrimage 86’, ArtReview, January-February 2010

‘Dada Daddy’, Art Monthly, May 2008

‘Hiraki Sawa’, exhibition catalogue, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2008

Afterword, The Adventures of Darius and Downey, Thames & Hudson, 2008

‘Visualising Invisibility’, Mute magazine, vol. 2 no. 7, 2007

The Kingston Turnpike, exhibition catalogue, Turnpike gallery, Wigan, 2006

‘That’s Edutainment!: Doug Fishbone and WITH’, chapter in The New Art, Rachmaninoffs and Zoo Art Fair, London, 2006

Stephen Shore interview,, January 2004

Contact Details:

Address: Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF


First published: 25 September 2017