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Reader and Associate Professor in Art and Design History, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Matthew C. Potter is an art historian whose research focusses specifically on the creation of national identity in Europe and the wider British World in the period from 1848 to 1953. He has published in relation to Anglo-German cultural exchange and the British Empire. Recent projects have involved him looking at the impact of British and German art on Australia (1860-1953) and the history of teaching within British art schools. In 2012, he organised a relevant conference Looking to Germany: New Germanist Studies, exploring the inspirational role played by Germany for individuals from other countries.
He is presently Associate Professor and Reader in Art and Design History at Northumbria University and previously lectured at the Universities of Oxford Brookes, Plymouth and Leicester.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Modern History, he studied art history at a postgraduate level at the Courtauld Institute and Birkbeck College. Matthew joined Northumbria University in October 2011.


  • –present
    Reader in Art and Design History, Northumbria University, Newcastle