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Dr Nicholas Ferguson


My research combines art practice, spatial theory and political philosophy to understand the relationship between art, space and governance.

Recent and ongoing projects focus on London Heathrow, its neighbourhoods and airspace. In 2019 will be curating an exhibition and trans-disciplinary programme of events 'Air Matters. Artists Learning from Heathrow' at Watermans Art Centre, London TW8 0DS, 8 Oct - 31 Dec. This event has been developed in partnership with Watermans Art Centre, Kingston University and Richmond University and is supported by Arts Council England.

Research interests include

  • Art and cultural policy, including the role of art and art institutions in regional, national and international relations
  • Artistic approaches to knowledge; art in relation to science and technology studies (STS) 
  • Cities, especially London and its peripheries
  • Art in relation to air, airspace and atmospheres
  • Political Theology 

Applications for postgraduate study are welcome. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art


  • 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

Teaching and learning


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: 8.


Ferguson, Nicholas (2019) Dwelling as resistance. Places, ISSN (online) 2164-7798

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).

Performance/Live Event

Ferguson, Nicholas (2015) The Mobile Landscape. Performance at Stanley Picker Gallery. The Mobile Landscape Performance Lecture.

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