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Charlotte Bonham-Carter

MPhil/PhD Student

Department of Culture & Creative Industriesnull

E: Charlotte.Bonham-Carter.1@city.ac.uk

Thesis title: Instrumental Cultural Policy, Social Objectives and the Governance of Contemporary Visual Arts Organisations

Professor Andy Pratt

Course start date and mode of study: 2012, PhD in Cultural Policy and Management, part-time

Current doctoral research - summary

Charlotte’s PhD research explores instrumental cultural policies during the New Labour period. In particular, the research examines how contemporary art organisations in London operated in the late 1990s and early 2000s, within a cultural policy context that was defined by its emphasis on social value, and its articulation of the museum as an agent of social change. The research employs quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the potential impact of cultural policies on institutional practices and contributes to debates about the social value of art and culture.

Research interests

Arts management, arts funding, instrumental cultural policy, the cultural sector in the New Public Management, the value of small arts organisations, the social value of art and culture, resilience in the creative sector.

Higher educaton background

2006, MA Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London

2003, BA English Literature, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA


  • D. Stevenson, S. Selwood, M. Damaso and J. Doeser (2016) “Four Observations on The Arts (2015) by Jeremy Corbyn.” Cultural Trends. London: Routledge.
  • Bonham-Carter, C. and D. Hodge. Contemporary Art: The Essential Guide to 200 Groundbreaking Artists. London: Goodman, 2013.
  • Bonham-Carter, C. and D. Hodge. The Contemporary Art Book. London: Goodman, 2009, 2011.
  • Bonham-Carter, C., ed. and co-editor (with Mark Sladen), Roland, issues I-IV. London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2009-2011.
  • Bonham-Carter, C. ed.,Exquisite Corpse, Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2008.


  • C. Bonham-Carter. (2016) How Social Value Became an Audience Numbers Game: New Public Management, Instrumental Cultural Policy and Arts Organisations. Paper presented at College Arts Association, Washington DC, 3 Feb.
  • C. Bonham-Carter and N. Mann (2016) The Institutionalisation of Social Art Practice. Session convenors at College Art Association, Washington DC, 3 Feb.
  • C. Bonham-Carter. (2015) Design and Management in Arts Organisations. Paper presented at Future of Museum and Gallery Design, Hong Kong University, 14 Nov.
  • C. Bonham-Carter and N. Mann (2014) But How does it Work? Clarifying the rhetoric around social value. Session convenors at Association of Art Historians conference, Royal College of Art, 11 April.
  • C. Bonham-Carter (2013) Social Inclusion and Cultural Policy in Relation to Museums and Galleries. Paper presented at Culture and Power, King’s College, London, June.
  • C. Bonham-Carter (2013) Contemporary Visual Arts Galleries and Participation, Access and Social Inclusion from 1997-2010. Paper presented at Arts and Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 25 June.


Bonham-Carter, C., Keith Tyson, Flash Art, March, 2013

Bonham-Carter, C., Artes Mundi, Art in America, October, 2012

Bonham-Carter, C., Exhibition of the Week: Frank Bowling, Time Out, July, 2012.

Bonham-Carter, C., In the Studio, with Amalia Pica, Art in America, June, 2012.

Bonham-Carter, C., Andrea Büttner, Art in America,May 2012.

Bonham-Carter, C., Jennifer West, Art in America, March 2012.    

Bonham-Carter, C., Raphael Zarka, Art in America,February 2012.

Bonham-Carter, C., Anj Smith, Flash Art, Nov-Dec 2011.

Bonham-Carter, C., Ryan Gander: Locked Room Scenario, Art in America, October 2011.

Bonham-Carter, C., Morgan Fisher, Flash Art, May-June 2011, 158.

Bonham-Carter, C., Never the Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Flash Art, April-May, 2011, 124.


Charlotte’ is currently Course Leader of MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martins. Prior to entering academia, she held curatorial positions at a number of visual arts organisations including the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Barbican Art Gallery, London; the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), London and Art on the Underground, the contemporary art programme of the Tube. Charlotte draws upon her experience of working within visual arts organisations in her research, and as an independent arts management consultant.

2015- Present – Course Leader, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

2013-2015 – Convenor of the MA Visual Arts Management, Richmond University

2011-2013 – Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Richmond University, London