Charlotte Mullins

Dr Charlotte Mullins is an art critic, writer and broadcaster. She is currently writing a new history of Britain and Ireland told through its art for Yale University Press. Her latest book, A Little History of Art, was published by Yale University Press in 2022. A Little Feminist History of Art, was published by Tate in September 2019 and her book on Rachel Whiteread was updated and reprinted in 2017 to coincide with the artist’s exhibition at Tate Britain, London. Picturing People, her most recent book on contemporary figurative art, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2015.

A former editor of Art Review, V&A Magazine and Art Quarterly, Charlotte has published over a dozen books on visual art. She has written numerous catalogue essays on artists including Michaël Borremans, Susie Hamilton, Karin Hanssen, Gordon Cheung, Martin Maloney, Rachel Lumsden, Suzanne Kühn and Jan Vanriet and recently contributed an essay on contemporary figurative painting to the Tate Britain exhibition catalogue ‘All Too Human’.

Charlotte is art critic for the weekly magazine Country Life and has written on art for the Telegraph, Financial Times, The Times, Independent, Guardian and specialist titles for many years. She is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio arts programmes including Front Row and Free Thinking and chairs and presents talks, events, films and podcasts for museums and galleries including the Royal Academy, Cristea Roberts Gallery, Christie’s and V&A.

In 2019 she was a judge for the Sanlam Portrait Award in Cape Town, South Africa. She has previously been a selector for numerous prizes including the 2017 Ruth Borchard Prize for self-portraiture, the 2015 Refocus prize for MIMA/Castlegate, the 2013 Jerwood Drawing Prize and the 2009 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as the Jerwood Sculpture Prize, the Hunting Art Prize and Self (Royal Society of Portrait Painters). In 2011­ and 2012 she was a judge on the BBC TV series ‘Show Me the Monet’.

Charlotte was born in 1972 and studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art (BA, First Class Honours) and Sotheby’s Institute in London (Scholarship; Distinction, MA). She completed her PhD on the impact of photography on nineteenth-century travel imagery at the University of Sussex/National Maritime Museum in 2012 (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award holder). She is based in London where she lives with her husband and two children.

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