Anna Liesching

Anna Liesching, (PhD Researcher)

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Anna is primarily responsible for the national collection of works of art on paper, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Gifted Collection, the Troubles Art Archive and aspects of the wider fine art collection. Her two main areas of research focus on redressing the underrepresentation of women artists from 1750 to present and the essential role of artists as activists, recognising art as a facet of the material culture of social history.

Anna is co-lead of the Northern Irish Art Network, a British Art Network research group supported by Tate and Paul Mellon. She also has a keen interest in interdisciplinary practice and sits on the steering group for the UKRI-funded Acts of Union: Mixed Marriage in Modern Ireland project at Queen’s University Belfast, and an advisory project panel for the Rural Community Network. Much of Anna’s wider curatorial practice explores partnerships and collaboration through loan exhibitions, and projects such as Ekphrasis: Poetry & Art with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.

Anna is a part-time PHD researcher at the Belfast School of Art. Her  Northern Bridge (AHRC) funded study 'Recovering the voices of women painters in the north of Ireland (1957-1969)' looks to assess the overlooked visual histories of women painters in the north of Ireland from 1957 (when the Ulster Society of Women Artists was founded) to 1969 (the death of Alice Berger Hammerschlag). 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies MA

Award Date: 20 Dec 2010

External positions

Curator of Art, Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland

1 Sept 2017 → …

Assistant Curator of Art, Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland

1 Oct 201331 Aug 2017

Heritage Officer, Strangford Lough and Lecale, Down District Council

1 Aug 201230 Sept 2013

Freelance Curator, National Trust, National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council

1 Jan 201231 Jul 2012

Collections Skills Initiative Trainee, Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland

1 Jan 201131 Dec 2011


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