Dr Aimee Blackledge is an American writer who lives in the UK. She writes historical fiction and contemporary ekphrasis. Her writing focuses on amplifying the work of women artists and the perspectives of women. Her latest poetry pamphlet, Ghost Bones, was written under the mentorship of T.S. Eliot prize winner, Joelle Taylor. She has published previously in Visual Verse and her latest work is included in Facing the Fire, the latest anthology published by Writing on the Wall in Liverpool. Currently, Aimee is writing about Hester Tradescant and the foundation of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) by the University of Oxford for her doctoral thesis, Materials for the Artist’s Mind: Artists as Collectors in Eighteenth-Century England. She has worked extensively across the history of art as a research associate, lecturer, curator, tutor, and post-doctoral researcher. She has taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Liverpool, and on the Williams-Exeter Programme. During her curatorial and research projects, she worked with the BBC, Art UK (Formerly the Public Catalogue Foundation), the Wind Benefaction Committee, and the Pembroke College Junior Art Fund Collection.
She was born in Michigan and has lived in the UK for the past 25 years. She currently lives in the coastal village of Formby, near Liverpool. In addition to writing and teaching, Aimee is also an abstract painter and has sold and exhibited her works in commercial art galleries across the UK.
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