Literature review on 'Painting and the Regional' for the development of an AHRC-research network


Manchester School of Art, Dept. Fine Art (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Development of a literature review for painting lecturers at the art school, with the aim to develop an international research network that focuses on the regional production and circulation of painting.


This research discusses how painting production and networks are regionally embedded, while the art market is perceived to have an increasingly global focus in art market centres and capital cities. Painting’s relationship with location and physical space is used as starting point to then refer to the larger context of regional cultural development in which the visual arts have an important role. Painting within that context is often not differentiated as distinct discipline with its own conditions and support structures. This essay asks how painting’s mode of production is specific in relation to art. This is contrasted with discussion of artists' livelihoods and how professional development provision meets the needs of artists to sustain their practice. There is scope for new perspectives to emerge from geography, arts policy research and critical theory to add local differentiation to painting production.