Peter Lord is an art historian, who specialises in the study of the visual culture of Wales. He has particular interests in the artisan painters of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the imaging of industrial Wales in the first half of the twentieth century, and in the theoretical questions which arise from the study of visual culture in a nation regarded as marginal to the mainstream of western art history.
public commissions. Since 1986 he has worked as a writer. In 1994 he was Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. From 1997 until 2003 he was a research fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth.
Peter Lord lectures, publishes, and works in television and radio in both the English and Welsh languages. In 1999 he wrote and presented The Big Picture, a seven-part television series about Welsh visual culture, commissioned by the BBC.
Peter Lord is a member of Gorsedd y Beirdd and the Welsh Academy, and an honorary member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales. In 1993 he was BBC Wales Artist of the Year. In 2002 the CDROM version of The Visual Culture of Wales: Imaging the Nation, was awarded the Besterman/McColvin Gold Medal of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals for an outstanding work of reference.
Peter Lord is the Curator of the National Library of Wales' touring exhibition: Winifred Coombe Tennant - A Life Through Art
An exhibition of works from the collection of Winifred Coombe Tennant, one of Wales' most significant art patrons of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes works by Evan Walters, Kyffin Williams, Gwen John and John Elwyn from both private and public collections.
Peter Lord’s Publications