Dr Nicholas Ferguson


I am a senior lecturer in contemporary art. My praxis crosses the registers of fine art, curating, writing and pedagogy, with a research focus on art and spatial politics. Recent projects have focused on West London suburbs, particularly Heathrow, its neighbourhoods and airspace. In 2019-20 I curated the publicly funded exhibition and public programme 'Air Matters. Learning from Heathrow', Watermans Arts. This work has since opened onto geographies of mobility/immobility, especially following the pandemic. I am a regular contributor to the Art and Mobilities Network and am currently setting up a collaboration between Kingston University's MA in Museum & Galleries Studies and Community Brain, Surbiton. The expectation is a community facing public programme based at Tolworth railway station.

Subject interests: 

  • Art and spatial politics
  • Art in relation to activism, the commons and the public sphere
  • Art and cultural policy, including the role of art and art institutions in regional, national and international relations
  • Art in relation to environment and political ecology
  • Art in relation to mobility and immobility
  • Cities, especially London and its peripheries
  • Art as research method; decolonising research methodologies.
  • Political theology
  • Digital humanities

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

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


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: 9.


Ferguson, Nick and Hahn, Andreas (2021) Landscapes of Heathrow : the aircraft landing gear compartment and the politics of global transfer. Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman, 2(1), ISSN (online) 2633-4321

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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