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Richard Martin joined the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries in 2014, having previously taught at Middlesex University and Birkbeck, University of London.

He completed his PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies in 2012 at the London Consortium, a multi-disciplinary programme partnering Birkbeck with the Architectural Association, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Science Museum, and Tate. He also holds a BA in English and American Studies from the University of Manchester, and an MA in English from University College London.

Richard’s career has involved working with and in a range of leading arts and cultural institutions. He is currently a Curator of Public Programmes at Tate, where he previously worked in the Research department, and from 2005-7 he worked in the policy team at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).

More details on his work can be found on his website:

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Contemporary art
  • Post-war US and European cinema
  • Urban and architectural theory
  • Institutional critique and the contemporary museum

Richard’s research is situated at the intersections of contemporary art, film and architecture, with particular interests in cultural studies, urban studies and museum studies. Developed from his doctoral research, his first book, The Architecture of David Lynch (Bloomsbury, 2014), places Lynch’s films within a broader history of media and architecture.

For more details, please see his full research profile.


Richard’s teaching is closely informed by his research in contemporary art, film and architecture, as well as his engagement with arts and cultural institutions. He has taught a range of modules in visual culture, arts management, literary studies, and media studies. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

As Curator of Public Programmes at Tate, Richard designs talks, panel discussions, screenings, performances, courses, workshops, symposia, and other events for a wide range of audiences at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Recent projects include curating the Tate Intensive programme for international arts professionals, designing the public programme for the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, and working with artists such as Simone Leigh, David Blandy and Larry Achiampong on Tate Exchange projects.

Recent speaking engagements have included talks and panel discussions at the BFI, the ICA, the Royal Academy, the Photographers’ Gallery, the V&A, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Science Museum.

Richard also writes articles and reviews for a number of magazines and journals such as Apollo and Senses of Cinema, and contributes online summary texts on works in the Tate collection.