Ms Mary Costello

Ms Mary Costello

Peninsula Arts Exhibition Co-ordinator

The Arts Institute (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Exhibitions Co-ordinator, The Arts Institute
Associate Lecturer, Art History


BA (First Class Hons) Art History with Gallery and Museum Studies, University of Plymouth 
MRes Art History (Distinction), University of Plymouth

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Teaching interests

Currently teaching UoP modules 2023/2024:
ARH5004/ARHI623: Decolonizing Modernism: Art 1890-1940
ARHI605: Dissertation 1: Theories and Methods
ARHI608: Dissertation 2
ARHI616 Working with Culture: Professional Development Project
Past UoP Modules taught:
ARHI113/125: Introduction to Art History
ARHI114: Continuity and Change
ARHI123: Museum Fieldwork (I)
ARHI126/407: Late 19th-Century French Art / Modernity and Modernisms
ANTH406: Humans, Art, Design & Objects
ARHI412: Image of the Artist
ARHI217/512/617: Art and Gender
ARHI230/330: European Art 1750-1800
ARHI232/335/504/611: The Interdisciplinary City
ARHI237/341: Collecting and Exhibiting Cultures in the 19th and 20th Centuries
ARHI306: Dissertation 2
ARHI315: Theories and Methods
ARHI510/612: Art After 1950


Research interests

Viennese Modernism, the reception and display of non-Western culture in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Museums and Ethnography, Curating.

Grants & contracts

AHRC funding postgraduate research: 2008-2009; 2009-2011

Creative practice & artistic projects

As Exhibitions Co-ordinator for The Arts Institute since 2012, I have been involved in the curation and delivery of a number of high-profile national and international exhibitions. View the archive of past exhibitions or view current exhibitions. Recent personal highlights include working on British Art Show 9, and Otherworlds: Marianne Walker and Sang-Mi Rha


'Artist Biographies' in Blackshaw, G (ed.), Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900, London: National Gallery Company in association with Yale University Press, 2013

'Adolf Loos’s Kärntner Bar: Reception, Reinvention, Reproduction', in Ashby, C., T. Gronberg and S. Shaw-Miller (eds), The Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Culture, London: Berghahn Books, 2013, pp.138-157



Reports & invited lectures

Conference Paper:
'An alternative to the café: the Loos Bar (1908) and its reproduction in Trinity College, Dublin (1986)', at The Viennese Café as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange, V&A and RCA, 17-18 October 2008 
Invited Lectures:
'Re-imagining the American Bar', RIBA, 29 March 2011
'The Arts Institute and its role in the cultural life of University of Plymouth and beyond', PATIO of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland, 10 January 2024

Other academic activities

Exhibitions Co-ordinator, The Levinsky Gallery (full time) and Associate Lecturer (Art History ) part time