The Faculty of Humanities Prize for Advanced Research
Awarded in recognition of Prof Hammer’s significant contribution to the discipline of Art History, including the curation of major exhibitions and the resulting public engagement with his work.
Prof Hammer’s research has been pivotal in exploring and re-examining the work of a group of key British artists: Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and David Hockey. He has also placed particular importance in bringing those outside academia into the discipline. He has worked with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Tate Gallery to encourage, support and mentor the next generation of researchers through AHRC Doctoral Partnerships, and has engaged with the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on exhibitions that have been both popular and influential.
In nominating him for the prize, Prof Aylish Wood, the Director of Research for the School of Arts, said that ‘his research outputs, curation activities and his extensive public engagement work with major galleries, make him an impressive candidate for the prize.
‘His success in persuading museums to collaborate with him on exhibitions with six figure budgets is very important to note. Though it does not stand as grant income, such a degree of investment and collaboration is only undertaken with major figures in the discipline of art history, and it is a testament to the unique and important position that Martin has in the field.’