Acatia Finbow

Departmental Administrator - History of Art

Acatia joined The Courtauld as the Research Forum Event Producer in March 2020 and was part of the Research Forum team who pivoted the public-facing research event programme to be fully online during the pandemic. Alongside supporting research colleagues and collaborators to realise their programme of seminars, workshops, lectures and conferences, Acatia also administered the Decolonising Action Groups at The Courtauld from 2022.

As well as colleagues from The Courtauld, Acatia has worked to realise events with the British Archaeological Association, the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art, Bruker, Tate and the Persian Education Foundation.

In December 2023 Acatia moved to a new position at The Courtauld, as Departmental Administrator for the History of Art department.

Acatia studied for her BA and MA at the University of Leeds before returning to her home town of Cambridge to work as a Gallery Assistant at Primavera Gallery, a small independent arts and craft gallery.

In 2014, through a Collaborative Doctoral Award, she was able to undertake a PhD with the University of Exeter and Tate, looking at the history of performance and its documentation at Tate since the 1960s.

She was also a doctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded project ‘Performance at Tate: Into the Space of Art’ (2014 -2016), a research assistant in the pilot year of the Horizon-funded research project ‘A Cartography of Socially-Engaged, Participatory Art Practices’ (2016-2017), and a freelance researcher on the ‘Documentation and Conservation of Performance’ (2016 – 2021) project with Tate’s Time-based Media Conservation team.

She was awarded her PhD in April 2018, and since then has worked as a research assistant on the forthcoming history of the National Theatre, London, ‘A Sense of Theatre’ and in visitor-facing roles at the National Gallery and Barbican Art Gallery. She has also worked as a freelance proof reader on two forthcoming volumes on dance, memory and museums.