Nick Warr
  • 0.18 Sainsbury Centre

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome PhD proposals on subjects related to any aspects of my current research interests. I am currently supervisor for PhD research projects relating to 20th Century painting and artists' film.

Personal profile


I am a Lecturer in Art History and Curation teaching on the BA Art History, BA Art History with Gallery & Museum Studies and MA Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies courses. My research interests are primarily around avant-garde and experimental practice, whether that be artists’ film and video, photography or cultural heritage. I am currently researching 'Outsider' Art in relation to the development of modernism, and experimental artist filmmakers in East Anglia.

I collaborate with cultural institutions across the East of England to develop curatorial projects that bring wider impact and public engagement with my research through exhibitions and film screenings. I am also an experimental film & video maker whose work has been shown internationally, including at the Museum of The Moving Image, New York, and the Festival International de Cinéma de Marseille.

My latest publication Shadows of Reality: A Catalogue of W.G. Sebald’s Photographic Materials (Boiler House Press and MIT Press) brings together for the first time a comprehensive and fully illustrated catalogue of all Sebald’s photographic materials accompanied by a series of new essays which reveal insights into the celebrated writer’s preoccupation with photographs. The publication is a New York Times 'Art Book of The Year' for 2023.

Recent Exhibitions:

Norwich Works: The Industrial Photography of Walter & Rita Nurnberg
Exhibition curator and principal researcher
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 2023-24

Lines of Sight: W.G. Sebald’s East Anglia
Exhibition curator and principal researcher
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 2019-20

W.G. Sebald: Far Away – But From Where?
Exhibition Curator and principal researcher
Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, 2019

Live Cinema & Expanded Films: Roger Hewins & Guy Sherwin
Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, 2018

Key Responsibilities

Course Director - Art History & World Art Studies
Since 2021 I have been the Course Director for undergraduate studies in Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Gallery and Museum Studies. 

Academic Director of The East Anglian Film Archive
The East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) is the regional film archive for the six counties of the East of England region. Its holdings include thousands of films dating from 1896 to the present day, mainly non–fiction material such as documentaries, home movies, travelogues, educational, advertising, and promotional films. EAFA also homes the work of significant regional artist filmmaking groups such as The East Anglian Film-Makers Co-operative. The archive is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and students and my role as Academic Director is to lead on building collaborative partnerships that support teaching, research, and engagement activities.

Curator of Photographic Collections
The Department of Art History's photographic collections contains approximately 150,000 prints and 500,000+ negatives and positives, making it one of the largest of its type in the UK. I manage the collections and make them available for teaching and research purposes.

Key Research Interests

Art History
Cultural Heritage
Museums, Archives, and Galleries
Artists' Film and Video
Art and Photography
The Photography of W. G. Sebald
'Outsider' / Folk / Naïve Art
Critical Theory

Teaching Interests

Art History
Cultural Heritage
Museums, Galleries and Archives
Photography Theory and History
Artists' Film and Video
Experimental Film and Video Art
Art and Photography
'Outsider' / Folk / Naïve Art

Areas of Expertise

History of Art, Photography, Cultural Heritage, Curation, Museums, Exhibitions, Experimental Film, Video Art, Screen Heritage, Archives, Avant-Garde Art, W.G. Sebald.


  • Visual arts
  • Modern Art
  • Avant-Garde Art
  • British Art
  • Art of East Anglia
  • Museums (General)
  • Curation
  • Heritage
  • Exhibition Making
  • Photography
  • W. G. Sebald
  • Industrial Photography
  • Painting
  • Outsider Art
  • Sculpture
  • Art History & World Art Studies
  • Modern History
  • Critical Theory
  • Arts (general)
  • Film Studies
  • Artists' Film
  • Video Art
  • Experimental Film
  • Archive Film

Media Expertise

  • Art history