Sarah Victoria Turner

Assistant Director for Research

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Sarah Victoria Turner is responsible for the Centre's lively events programme, assists the Director and Deputy Directors of Studies with all aspects of the Centre's activities, and collaborates on research projects with colleagues at the Yale Centre for British Art, as well as teaching on the Centre's Yale-in-London programme. The role also involves leading the implementation of new digital projects, such as the online journal British Art Studies.

As Assistant Director for Research, Sarah contributes to the Centre's dynamic research culture, and her own study focuses particularly on art and visual culture in Britain and the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She specializes in cultural relationships between Britain and India in this period and has published widely on the display and reception of Indian art in Britain - a topic that is the focus of her forthcoming monograph, provisionally entitled Indian Impressions: Encounters with South Asia in British Art, c. 1900-1940.

Before joining the Centre, Sarah was a lecturer in the History of Art Department at the University of York. She has worked on a number of exhibitions including Gilbert & George: Major Exhibition (Tate Modern, 2009) and William Etty: Art & Controversy (York Art Gallery, 2011), and developed an online version of this latter display in collaboration with York Museums Trust and the University of York's Digital Library Team.

Sarah sits on the Advisory Board for Tate Research's Henry Moore: Sculptural Process and Public Identity online catalogue, has participated on the Leverhulme-funded international network Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts c.1875-1960, is co-Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded network Internationalism and Cultural Exchange c.1880-1920, and is co-founder of the South Asian Arts Group. Sarah holds a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, an MA from the University of Leeds, and a BA from the University of Cambridge. She has a wide range of interests revolving around art in Britain from 1800 to 1950.