Ms Tricha Passes

Tricha took her BA(Hons) at the Courtauld Institute, University of London and won the Sotheby’s Prize for a research project on Edvard Munch and the Christiana Avant-garde.  Her MA studies were undertaken in the Visual Culture Department at Bath Spa University.  Her thesis examined the work of Roger Fry and Roland Penrose. Former research posts include work on ‘150 years of the Bristol School of Art’ (2003),  ‘Peace Gardens of the 1980’s’ (2005) and  'Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere', published by Prof. Paul Gough (2006).

Research Interests 

Tricha’s research interests include: avant-garde modernism in France, Britain and the U.S.A; class, race and gender in the visual culture of France, Britain and the U.S.A; art and environmental awareness and the transitional period from late modernism to postmodernism; and the history of the United States in the nineteenth century and the art and visual culture of nineteenth century U.S.A. She is a member of the Visual Culture Research Group at the Faculty of Creative Arts, UWE and has conducted research for The Cabot Project on the historical reception of Bristol's voyages of exploration. 


Tricha has taught continually in the Art History Department at Bristol University since 2005 and in History since 2013.  In 2009 she won the Teaching and Learning prize for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol.  She also has taught in the Visual Culture Department at the Faculty of Creative Arts at Bristol UWE since 1998, the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University since 2008 and on American Studies Programmes in London since 1999. In December 2013, Tricha became an accredited lecturer for NADFAS ( National Association of Design and Fine Art Society). Tricha is currently teaching two Units for History, a Special Topic Project Unit on 'The American Civil War' and a 2nd-year LRU on '60's America and its Aftermath'.  


William Scott (Berkeley Square Gallery, London, 1988)

‘Roger Fry and Roland Penrose: Nonconformist Champions of Modernism’, Charleston Magazine (Spring 2000)

Review of the Royal West of England Academy Land2 Exhibition – ‘In Search of a Hidden Landscape’, Land2 website for Bristol (UWE, 2005)

Papers presented

‘Roger Fry, Roland Penrose and James Turrell - The Quaker Influence’, University of Gloucestershire, 2004.

‘Modernism comes to Birds Custard Island - The Post-Impressionist Exhibitions’, University of Gloucestershire, 2005.

‘Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant- Bloomsbury in the Royal West of England Academy’s Collection’, Royal West of England Academy, 2005.

'British Art Show 6', The Royal West of England Academy, 2006.  

‘In Such a Night as This - Romanticism’s Nocturnal Address’,  Night Exhibition Lecture Series, Royal West of England Academy, 2008.

‘Evocations of History and Memory in the work of Reece Winstone and Jem Southam’,  British Art and National Identity conference, University of the West of England, 2006.

 'Neil Jenney - Individuality in the Face of Participatory Culture', Home and the World conference, Dartington College of Arts, June 2012

Teaching Fellow


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