Inês Jorge

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Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Doctoral researcher
Teaching Assistant

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PhD Title: Exhibiting craft since the 1970s: contexts, agents, practices and strategies
Supervisors:  Dr Claire Jones and Dr Deniz Sözen
PhD History of Art


  • BA in History of Art (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa – FCSH-UNL)
  • Postgraduate Course in Contemporary Art (Faculdade de Ciências Humanas da Universidade Católica Portuguesa – FCH-UCP)
  • MA in History of Art (FCSH-UNL)
  • Postgraduate Course in Art Curatorship (FCSH-UNL)


I am a researcher in the fields of craft, contemporary art, and exhibition studies. Since 2019/20, I am a doctoral student at the University of Birmingham, with a research scholarship from Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT). My research has been presented and published in several national and international platforms. I have collaborated with several institutions, such as the Museu Gulbenkian and the Fundação Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva (Portugal), in the fields of research, formal and non-formal education, programming, and curatorship.


  • Debates and Methods in the History of Art (2021/22)
  • Historical Concepts in the History of Art (2022/23)


My project examines the exhibition of craft since the 1970s, and analyses the ways in which different display contexts have defined what craft is. While the exhibition of craft is an emerging field of study, the range of contexts, agents, practices, and strategies of display demonstrates that making has become a powerful tool to engage with contemporary issues and new audiences. My research thus pinpoints key trends in craft exhibitions with the purpose of assessing the pervasiveness, along with the artistic, cultural and social relevance of craft in the last five decades. The project’s temporal focus is from the 1970s to the present day.

The definition of making has occupied several scholars from the twentieth century onwards, and particularly in the last twenty-five years. The difficulties in outlining the field are evidenced by competing and shifting perspectives. With respect to the longstanding divide between fine art and craft, some authors have emphasised the specific character of making vis-à-vis art and design, while others have highlighted the relations between craft, art and industry, along with the diversity and fluidity of making practices. My PhD does not aim to define what craft is, but instead focuses on exhibitions as devices that define craft. This approach allows me to analyse where craft is displayed, who displays it, what and how it is displayed.

Other activities

  • Member of Association for Art History
  • Member of European Textile Network
  • Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi) Horizon Award - Completion of 5 modules aimed at supporting staff to deliver innovative and inclusive research-intensive teaching

    Conference papers
  • ‘Making Visible: Engaging with Local Contexts, Communities and Memories through Craft Exhibitions’, Global New Voices (Association for Art History), November 2020
  • ‘Sites of Making: Engaging with Local Contexts, Communities and Memories through Craft Exhibitions’, Contextile – Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, September 2020
  • ‘A (in)Visibilidade do Artesanato na Historiografia da Arte dos séculos XX e XXI’, University of Lisbon/School of Arts and Humanities and Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), October 2017
  • ‘Penelope’s Web: The Rendez-Vous between Craft and Art in the Contemporary Period’, Contextile – Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, July 2016
  • ‘“To live as they live”: Portraits of the Portuguese rural interior by artist Cristina Rodrigues’, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado, June 2016


  • Inês Jorge, ‘El Grupo 3.4.5.: Una cooperativa de artistas por descubrir’, in Isabel Campi y Sílvia Ventosa (coords), Nombres en la Sombra: Hacia la Desconstrucción del Canon en la Historia de la Moda y el Textil (Museo del Diseño de Barcelona, Fundación Historia del Diseño 2019), 310-16.
  • Inês Jorge, ‘A intersecção entre artesanato, performance e tecnologia na obra de Anne Wilson e Kathrin Stumreich’, Convergências – Revista de Investigação e Ensino das Artes, vol. XI, no. 22. http//
  • Inês Jorge, A Teia de Penélope: Encontros e Desencontros entre o Artesanato e a Arte na Época Contemporânea (Novas Edições Acadêmicas, 2018).
  • Inês Jorge, ‘Entre Mano y Cuerpo, Trama Textil y Red Digital. Un Análisis de Algunas Obras de Anne Wilson y Kathrin Stumreich’, Libro de actas del I Coloquio de Investigadores en Textil y Moda 17 y 18 de noviembre de 2017 (Salmeron: Centre de Documentació i Museu Téxtil, 2017), 178–182.
  • Inês Jorge. ‘The Use of Textiles in Anne Wilson and Kathrin Stumreich’s Work’, in Gianni Montagna and Cristina Carvalho (eds), Textiles, Identity and Innovation: Design the Future (CRC Press 2017), 3–8.
  • Inês Jorge. ‘“Artesanato + Activismo = Artesanativismo”. Artesanato, Activismo Político e Feminismo na Obra de Cristina Rodrigues’, Estrema – Revista Interdisciplinar de Humanidades, vol. 4, no. 4 (2014).
  • Imogen Hart, Claire Jones & Inês Jorge, 'Introduction: Exhibiting Craft: Histories, Contexts, Practices. Disrupting Boundaries: The Politics of Craft Exhibitions', The Journal of Modern Craft (forthcoming).
  • Inês Jorge, 'So Far and Yet So Near: The Artistic Residencies of Contextile Biennale Amidst a Pandemic', The Journal of Modern Craft, 2022, 15:2, 181-197. DOI: 10.1080/17496772.2022.2098586.
  • Inês Jorge & Isabel Oliveira, '“The Gesture Is Everything”: Interview with the Artisan Isabel Oliveira', The Journal of Modern Craft, 2022, 15:2, 199-209. DOI: 10.1080/17496772.2022.2100957.
  • Imogen Hart, Claire Jones & Inês Jorge, 'Introduction: Exhibiting Craft: Histories, Contexts, Practices. Exhibiting Making: Gesture, Skill and Process', The Journal of Modern Craft, 2022, 15:2, 105-110. DOI: 10.1080/17496772.2022.2096741.