Our Postgraduate Centre is home to a cross-disciplinary community of makers and thinkers, all of whom are seeking a critical space in which to interrogate and push the boundaries of their specialist interests and working practices.
Tom Milnes is an artist, curator and researcher based in Plymouth, UK. He is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of Postgraduate Studies at Arts University Plymouth.
Milnes’ research practice explores the materiality of technology, engaging with the cultural impact of 3D imaging media through glitch practice and Media Archaeology. He holds a Ph.D. from Falmouth University, with his thesis concentrating on glitch practices in 3D photogrammetry, and his research interests include Post-Digital processes, online cultures, and 3D image aesthetics. Milnes has recently published research papers with the Journal of Artistic Research and Visual Resources.
Milnes has exhibited internationally including at: W139 - Amsterdam , iMKONSTHALL, Sweden, AND/OR - London, The Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia - Gdansk, and Gyeonggi International Biennale - Korea. Milnes has recently exhibited at FORMAT International Photography Festival. He is the curator and founder of the online platforms Digital Artist Residency and Polygon Palm.
Steve Conway has worked for 30 years as a conservator in national and regional museums and galleries in the public sector and in private practice. Initially specialising in remedial conservation of organic objects and polychrome sculpture, before developing a specialist practice in collections planning and project management. He has a longstanding interest in the traditional crafts of wood carving and gilding and has successfully combined his conservation career with architectural sculpture commissions in wood and stone.
Steve managed the conservation, restoration and display of the large-scale figurehead sculptures at The Box, Plymouth before becoming Collections Manager there in 2022.
Chloe is a cultural leader who has worked across the creative sector. Chloe joined The Box’s senior management team in 2019, having previously worked for Cornwall Museums Partnership. Working within museums she specialises in establishing organisational strategy through an EDI lens, developing partnerships which create inclusive new opportunities and securing funding to enable audience development. She leads The Box’s extensive engagement programme which spans early years through to lifelong learning opportunities, and whose digital initiative during Covid was shortlisted for the National Lottery Award Project of the Year.
She is a member of the Museums Association Decolonisation Collective and an alumni of their Transformers leadership programme.
Terah Walkup is curator of art at The Box where she oversees the fine and decorative art collections, develops exhibitions and supports art collection displays. As curator, she is responsible for the care, display, documentation and management of the museum’s art collection. Her first professional role in museums was in museum and art education, which informs her curatorial approach to interpretation, documentation and gallery teaching. She makes collections accessible for research and reimagining, interpretation and inspiration and connecting the stories represented by collections to contemporary audiences, their lived experiences and hopes for the future. She is passionate about reframing narratives, introducing new frameworks to collection interpretation, documenting collective and informal knowledge about object histories, and bringing underrepresented artists and their stories to the fore. She recently curatedReframing Reynolds: A Celebration (2023), an anniversary exhibition of Sir Joshua Reynolds (2023),Making a Mark: Dazzling Drawings from the Cottonian Collection, People and Place: Art Collections Showcase (2023-2024), which includes the museum’s first display solely dedicated to women artists from the collection andDress Code: Fashion Stories from The Box (2022)—the institution’s first exhibition showcasing its extensive historic garment collection. Her research interests include ceramics, textile and clothing history and the history of art, collections and museums through an intersectional feminist lens.
Originally from Texas, she has been involved in museum redevelopment projects in the US and UK having previously served in engagement and curatorial roles at the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned a MA in Art History from Northwestern University (Chicago, Illinois) and a BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas).