Michael Branthwaite

Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts, MA (Hons), BA (Hons), PGCE(FE)

Michael is a senior lecturer and course leader for the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Staffordshire University. He teaches across a range of mediums focusing on Sculpture, Installation and Film. His main interests are material culture and how objects and artefacts can change our understanding of the past. Most recently this has developed into more philosophical debates about how we deal with new archaeological findings that challenge established historical narratives, and how we can use artistic responses to create the debates needed to deal with these complex and contested memories. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally and received funding from a variety of Art and non-Art organisations.


Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • His research interests are in transdisciplinary practice and the use of art to encourage discourse on sensitive socio-political subjects. He is currently receiving funding from ACE Intentional Research fund to be an artist in resident with iC-ACCESS attending workshops at campsites across Europe.
  • Material culture
  • Object and artefacts to understand the past

Recent Publications

Sturdy Colls, Caroline and Branthwaite, Michael (2017) “This is proof”? Forensic evidence and ambiguous material culture at Treblinka extermination camp. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 21. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1573-7748

Branthwaite, Michael, Bethell, David and GOLDSWORTHY, Janine (2012) Indian Contemporary Art Research. Mumbai November 2011. Project Report. Rednile Projects.

Sturdy Colls, Caroline and Branthwaite, Michael (2016) Treblinka: Archaeological and Artistic Responses. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael (2015) By Distance. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael (2015) Migrant Objects. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael (2015) 3D Glitch Exhibition and Talks. Priestman Gallery Sunderland University. UK October- November 2015 Ny Space Manchester.UK November- December 2015 Washington Art centre. Tyne and Wear.UK September- November 2016 Drugo More. Rijeka, Croatia- January-April 2017. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael and Sturdy Colls, Caroline (2015) ‘Finding Treblinka’ Exhibition Book/ Publication to accompany exhibitions at ‘The Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom’ Treblinka,Poland and the ‘The Wiener Library’ London, England. [Show/Exhibition]

Sturdy Colls, Caroline and Branthwaite, Michael (2015) Finding Treblinka: An Exhibition of Forensic Archaeological Research. [Show/Exhibition]

Sturdy Colls, Caroline and Branthwaite, Michael (2015) Finding Treblinka: Artists Respond. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael (2013) MOLT Speculative Identities, ZONA DYNAMIC, Group Exhibition, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, July 2013. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael (2012) Dissemination- Collaboration with Staffordshire University ‘Centre of Science’ Started October 2012-ongoing. [Show/Exhibition]

Branthwaite, Michael (2010) SAATCHI ‘NORTHERN STARS’ at A Foundation Liverpool.UK. 9th April-23rdMay. 2010. [Show/Exhibition]