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The CVC is co-ordinated by four Co-Directors, representing the Department of History of Art, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, and the School of Arts and Humanities

Dr- Donal Cooper (CVC Co-Director, Department of History of Art, and CVC Chair, 2021-22)

Donal is Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance Art in the Department of History of Art, where he is also Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department. His research is characterized by collaboration: with other researchers, with curatorial and conservation colleagues, and latterly with digital humanists and modellers. Current projects include an interdisciplinary study of Simone Martini’s works at the Fitzwilliam Museum with colleagues at the Museum and the Hamilton Kerr Institute. His own research focuses on the experience of art and ritual in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Donal’s concern to recover lost contexts for viewing artworks has found expression in digital mapping and modelling initiatives, and he is Co-Investigator on the Getty-funded Florence 4D project. His co-authored book with Janet Robson, The Making of Assisi (Yale University Press, 2013), won the Art Book prize in 2014.

Dr- Neal Spencer (CVC Co-Director, Fitzwilliam Museum)

Neal is Deputy Director (Collections & Research) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, where he leads on curatorial and research strategy, collections management, and the Museum’s Collections Development Strategy. As co-chair of the University’s Strategic Research Initiative Collections-Connections-Communities (2022-2025), Neal plays a key role in catalysing collections-based transdisciplinary research that both involves communities and creates societal impact. Holding a PhD in Egyptology (Cambridge, 2000), Neal’s research focuses on cultural entanglement and lived urban experience within the context of pharaonic imperialism in early Iron Age Nubia, as expressed through material and visual culture. Neal was previously Keeper of Nile Valley & Mediterranean Collections at the British Museum, and has directed research projects in Egypt and Sudan, and the British Museum’s International Training Programme.

Dr- Amy Tobin (CVC Co-Director, Kettle’s Yard)

Amy is a Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge and Curator, Contemporary Programmes at Kettle's Yard. Her research focuses on feminist histories in relation to modern and contemporary art. In 2021–22 she has a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a new project on art and feminist sisterhood. Amy has organised exhibitions of Louise Bourgeois, Julie Mehretu and Rose Garrard, followed by a retrospective of Linder Sterling in 2020, she is currently working on exhibitions of the work of Sutapa Biswas, Howardena Pindell and Li Yuan-chia and the LYC Art Centre with Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner all at Kettle's Yard.

Dr- Caroline Vout (CVC Co-Director, School of Arts and Humanities)

Caroline (Carrie) Vout teaches art history in the Faculty of Classics, where one of her main specialisms is Greek and Roman art and its reception from antiquity to the modern museum. Her books include Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome (British Museum Carrie is Professor of Classics in Cambridge and Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology at Leiden University. The more art-historical side of her work includes writing Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome (British Museum Press), and Classical Art a Life History (Princeton), curating exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Henry Moore Institute, and contributing to catalogues of exhibitions of ancient and contemporary art locally, in London and overseas. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Sculpture Journal, and of OIKOS (the national research school in the Netherlands for Greco-Roman antiquity, the Near East and its reception). She is also Director of Cambridge’s Museum of Classical Archaeology. Her next book, Exposed: the Story of the Greek and Roman Body, will be published by Profile in 2022.

The Co-Directors work together with a Steering Committee drawing together and representing scholars researching the visual from across the University of Cambridge.

Oversight is provided by an annual Advisory Board.

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