Dr Charlotte de Mille

Associate Lecturer

Dr Charlotte de Mille is Associate Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute, and curates The Courtauld Gallery’s music programme. With them she co–authored  Animating Art History, a joint initiative with Central St. Martin’s and the University for the Creative Arts, which was long–listed for a Clore Award in Museum Learning. She recieved a St Andrews University Public Engagement with Research Award 2018 (group award for ‘Virginia Woolf and Music’ project), and a Touring Exhibition Group Bursary in 2017. She was part of the Museums Association Transformers Influence Career Development Programme 2017. She was Visiting Scholar at Lingnan University, Hong Kong in 2018, and Mid-Career Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art 2020. This was followed by a Paul Mellon Centre Research Continuity Fellowship in 2021.

Her MA special option is Music and Art: Appropriation, Remediation, Reproduction.


Selected Research


Bergson in Britain: Philosophy and Modern Art 1890-1914  Edinburgh University Press, 2023
The artist exists ‘to see and make us see what we do not naturally perceive’.

Charlotte de Mille illuminates the pivotal role of Bergson’s philosophy for UK artists and art critics before 1914. Her interdisciplinary approach integrates philosophy, art criticism and art history, offering new avenues for investigation. An Epilogue considers the proximity of Bergson’s thought on temporality, perception, intuition and subjectivity to art history,from Alois Riegl and Aby Warburg to practitioners today.

Edited Collections

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Music and Art, co-edited with Sarah Mahler Kraaz, Bloomsbury, 2023

This volume brings together prominent scholars, artists, composers, and directors to present the latest interdisciplinary ideas and projects in the fields of art history, musicology and multi-media practice. Organized around ways of perceiving, experiencing and creating, the book outlines the state of the field through cutting-edge research case studies. For example, how does art-music practice / thinking communicate activist activities? How do socio-economic and environmental problems affect access to heritage? How do contemporary practitioners interpret past works and what global concerns stimulate new works? In each instance, examples of cross or inter-media works are not thought of in isolation but in a global historical context that shows our cultural existence to be complex, conflicted and entwined. A panel of contributors to the volume will introduce key themes and discuss the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

‘A new turn in humanities scholarship’   – Simon Shaw Miller, Emeritus Chair of Art History, University of Bristol

‘an agenda for change: both for individuals, artistically and conceptually, and for the myriad collective ways that humans dwell on the planet – Aaron S. Allen, Director, Environment and Sustainability Program and Associate Professor of Musicology, University of North Carolina

Bergson and the Art of Immanence, co-edited with John Mullarkey, Edinburgh University Press, 2013

Music and Modernism, CSP, 2011

Recent Articles

‘On the periphery? British Artists and the European Avant-garde 1886-1914’, After Impressionism, National Gallery, London, 2023

‘The Place within: Britten’s landscapes’, Britten in Context, Vicki P. Stroeher and Justin Vickers eds, Cambridge University Press, 2022

‘Pseudomorphosis: Witkacy and Spengler’, Witkacy, Seismograph of the Acceleration Age, ex. cat. Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, 2022

‘Debussy at the Omega Workshops’, Cross Channel Modernisms, Claire Davison, Derek Ryan and Jane A. Goldman eds, Edinburgh University Press, 2020

‘The Great War, British Perspectives’, The Great War, Muzeum Stzuki, Łódź, 2018

Bergson Round Table (contributor), Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy , Special 75th Anniversary Edition, ed. Mark Westmorland, 2017

’A kind of mental explosion’: Modernism’s Other Worlds”. Review of T.E. Hulme and the Ideological Politics of Early Modernism by Henry Mead and Modernism’s Other Work: The Art Object’s Political Life by Lisa Siragnaian. Art History, 40, February 2017

Grafting a dream: Henri Bergson, Claude Debussy and Henri Matisse’, Rival Sisters: Art and Music at the Birth of Modernism , James Rubin with O. Mattis eds, Ashgate, 2014 (Routledge 2018)

A full list can be found on https://courtauld.academia.edu/CharlottedeMille


Music at the Courtauld Gallery

Guildhall School collaboration

10 new pieces for 2022-23 inspired by the Courtauld Gallery collection written by Guildhall students  available on instagram @courtauld and youtube


Selected Exhibitions

Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, Christchurch Mansion lpswich, 2019-2020 (contributor)

Law and Nationhood: South Asia at 70, UK Supreme Court, 2017-18

Civilisation and Law: Pakistan at 70, LSE, 2017 (with Nilanjan Sarkar)

Law and Nationhood: India at 70, LSE, 2017 (with Nilanjan Sarkar)

Out of Time, Piano Nobile Kings Place, 2018

Alexander Lindsay, Piano Nobile Kings Place, 2015

John Golding: Finding the Absolute, Piano Nobile Kings Place, 2015