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Dr Nicholas Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art


I am a contemporary British artist based in London and received my PhD in Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I examined the relationship between contemporary art commissioning, spatial politics and 18th century political thought. My research combines urban theory, artistic research methods, pedagogy and various outreach events in order to understand the relationship between art, space and power. 

I am currently developing an exhibition and publishing project on contested space in the airport neighbourhood of London Heathrow. The project brings together a transdisciplinary team from the creative industries, sociology, spatial analysis, environmental science, the aeronautics industry and local stakeholders for a series of pop-up debates, workshops, outreach collaborations and presentations. The exhibition is in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Art Research, Kingston University and Waterman's Art Centre. 

Applications for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the Department of Critical and Historical Studies are welcome.

Areas of specialism

  • Contemporary Art
  • Spatial Politics
  • Art and Urbanism
  • Artistic Research Methods
  • The Social Impact of the Arts
  • Aesthetic Theory


  • PhD. Art. Goldsmiths, University of London
  • MA Art. Chelsea College of Art and Design
  • BA Hons. Practice and Theory of Visual Art. Chelsea College of Art and Design
  • BA Hons. Theology, Oxford University


My Doctoral thesis, Indifference. Art, Liberalism and the Politics of Place (2015), examines the legacy of classical liberal thought in contemporary art commissioning. Through a series of cross readings between philosophy, aesthetics and political geography, it traces a relationship between place making art practices and classical liberalism's conceptualisation of the way territory might function in a market society. In tandem with this enquiry, and by way of methodological tool for the interrogation of spatial politics, the thesis  develops a philosophy of indifference. It contends that indifference, alongside disinterestedness and objectivity, should be understood as part of an historical attempt to develop a critical modern subject that might transcend the self and disrupt both public and private power. By extension, it asks whether he artist's indifference to place might contribute to an artistic strategy to negotiate and contest the cultural forces that market place for the consolidation of private advantage.


Number of items: 6.


Ferguson, Nick (2017) The monuments of Kings Cross : a visit to the new ruins of London. Journal of Cultural Geography, 34(1), pp. 93-114. ISSN (print) 0887-3631

Book Section

Ferguson, Nick (2015) Speedscaping. In: Mackay, Robin, (ed.) When site lost the plot. London, U.K. : Urbanomic. pp. 41-59. (Redactions) ISBN 9780957529564

Conference or Workshop Item

Ferguson, Nick (2015) Country End/Town End. From Surbiton to Kings Cross. In: sensingsite 2015 : In this Neck of the Woods; 04 Jun 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ferguson, Nicholas Patrick and Kim, Kyoung (2015) PuB-Topos. Art research, the public house and the dialectics of knowledge. In: Transvaluation: Making the World Matter; 21-22 May 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Unpublished)


Ferguson, Nick (2015) Futuro Estate. Futuro Estate. .

Moving Image/Broadcast

Ferguson, Nick (2015) The mobile landscape. (Slideshow).

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