Benet Spencer

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, BA Fine Art

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art

Courses taught: Fine Art

Benet Spencer is an artist, curator and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin University. His painting focuses on architecture, which is explored through both iconography and the language of pictorial representation.

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Born in 1969, Benet studied an undergraduate in Birmingham and then post grad at the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 1995. He joined the teaching staff at Anglia Ruskin University in 2008, having previously taught at Liverpool John Moores University, and London College of Fashion.

Benet is a London-based artist, with a studio in Tulse Hill. His artwork explores the relationship between painting and architecture, in relation to current debates around the role of painting within contemporary Fine Art practice. He works through a variety of processes, including digital imaging, collage, and paintings made with both oil and acrylic on canvas.

Research interests

  • Contemporary approaches to painting
  • The representation of utopia in both modernism and contemporary art
  • The history of 20th-century architecture
  • Colour theory
  • Architectonic languages of representation and the digital image

Areas of research supervision

  • Approaches to contemporary painting


  • PG Diploma in Painting, Royal Academy Schools, 1995
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic, 1991
  • Foundation in Art and Design, Herts College of Art and Design, St Albans, 1988

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Design and Artists Copyright Society

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External Examiner in BA Fine Art, Hull College of Art and Design, 2012-16
  • External Examiner in BA Fine Art, Harrogate College, 2012-16

Recent presentations and conferences

Selected exhibitions

2014: The Opinion Makers, Londonewcastle Project Space, London. Group exhibition featuring London-based artist-curators.

2014: A Union of Voices, Horatio Junior, London. A group exhibition of artist’s books, curated by Tim Ellis

2014: (detail), Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Transition Gallery, London and H-Project Space, Bangkok. International touring group exhibition, curated by Andrew Bracey (catalogue).

2012-13: Forward Thinking, The Island Queen; London; touring to Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland; Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum, Achtercairn, Gairloch, Scotland; Horatio Junior, London, 2013. Group exhibition curated by Tim Ellis

2012: Museums in the Incident, Monash Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. International group exhibition, curated by Steven Rendall (catalogue)
2012: The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon School of Art Gallery, London; Pheonix Gallery, Exeter; Charlie Smith Gallery, London. Touring group exhibition curated by Phillip Allen and Dan Coombes

2011: The Thing is the Thing, ASC Gallery, London. Group exhibition curated by Benet Spencer (catalogue)

2009: Reconstructing the Old House, Nunnery Gallery, London and Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge. Touring group exhibition curated by Benet Spencer. Funded by Arts Council England (catalogue).

2009: Saxon, Schwartz Gallery, London. Group exhibition curated by Juan Bolivar

2006: Fantasy Island, Metropole Galleries, Folkestone. Group exhibition curated by Benet Spencer