Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell BA (Sussex), MA, PhD (London),
Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Warwick University.

Louise is a specialist in late 19th-century and 20th-century art and architecture. She studied art in Paris and Bristol, and history of art at Sussex University, in Florence and the Courtauld Institute in London. She was appointed lecturer in the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick in 1977 and taught there until she retired as Professor in 2014.

She was a member of the Coventry Diocesan Advisory Committee from 1996 until 2006. She is currently a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of Coventry Cathedral, and Honorary Vice-President of the Friends of Coventry Cathedral.

Louise has published widely on 20th-century architecture and modernism, on the studio environment in France and Britain in the late 19th and 20th centuries, and on public art in the post-war period. Her book, Coventry Cathedral: art and architecture in post-war Britain (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1996), led to a research project (2004-8) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘The life and work of Basil Spence 1907-76: architecture, tradition and modernity’. It culminated in an acclaimed exhibition in Edinburgh, Coventry and London, ‘Back to the Future: Sir Basil Spence 1907-76’, three conferences, and a book Basil Spence buildings and projects edited by Louise Campbell, Miles Glendinning and Jane Thomas (RIBA Publications, 2012) which was short-listed for the Berger prize for British Art History and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain’s Alice Davis Hitchcock medallion.

She is currently completing a book about artists’ habitats in the 20th century, and assisting with research for an exhibition on artists and designers employed by the Civil Camouflage Establishment during the Second World War which will take place at Leamington Art Gallery & Museum in 2016.

Louise joined as trustee 2013