Steve Baker

Steve Baker is a Norwich-based artist and writer, affiliated to the University of Central Lancashire as Emeritus Professor of Art History. He is an artist-member of OUTPOST and of the Norwich 20 Group. Since 2010 his work has been exhibited in the UK, USA, Australia and Europe, and has featured in major animal-themed museum shows at the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture in Orońsko, Poland, and the Museum Ostwall in Dortmund, Germany. In 2017 a two-person exhibition in Norwich led to the publication Steve Baker & Mike Dodd: Trees and Other Objects.


His current practice is largely photographic, and is predominantly concerned with how to address the distinctive character and beauty of the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife of rural Norfolk, along with its rich medieval heritage. In the context of Lisa Le Feuvre’s recent assertion that art ‘is there to push against the problems of the present’, this work can be seen as contesting the widely held view that serious contemporary art is now almost exclusively concerned with the urban environment.


Baker’s academic writings over the past twenty-five years have contributed to the international development of the field of animal studies in the arts, humanities and social sciences. His books include Artist|Animal, The Postmodern Animal and Picturing the Beast. Selected writings have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Polish and Spanish, and his work is included in Routledge’s Animals and Society: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, Berg’s The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings, and the Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies


1988 – PhD, History and Theory of Art, University of Kent at Canterbury
1997 – BA Hons, History of Art and Architecture, University of East Anglia

Current position

Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Central Lancashire

Previous full-time posts

1985-2008 – University of Central Lancashire
1979-1984 – Southport College of Art and Design

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 – Cley 18: The Greater the Distance, the Clearer the View, 14th-century church of St Margaret of Antioch, Cley, Norfolk
2018 – Inheritance, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
2018 – Remembering Animals: Rituals, Artifacts and Narratives in Contemporary Art, Main Art Gallery, CSUN, Los Angeles, USA
2017 – Members’ Show 2017, OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich
2017 – In the Open, SIA Gallery, Sheffield
2017 – Trees and Other Objects, two-person exhibition with Mike Dodd, Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich
2017 – Touching on Science, three-person exhibition at the annual symposium of the Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS), Dunston Hall, Norfolk
2017 – Co-Existence, at the Seeing with Animals conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA
2015 – Matter. Place. An Other., Gallery 202, Northampton
2015 – Cley 15: Marvellous in Ordinary, church of St Margaret of Antioch, Cley, Norfolk
2015 – What Does Art Add?: Figuring the More-than-Human World, City Without Walls (cWOW), Newark, New Jersey, USA
2014-15 – Arche Noah: Über Tier und Mensch in der Kunst, Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder U, Dortmund, Germany
2014 – Ecce Animalia, Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland
2013 – Cley 13: The Flight of the Spoonbill, church of St Margaret of Antioch, Cley, Norfolk
2013 – Forever and Ever (four-person exhibition), Town House Museum and Gallery, Dunbar, East Lothian
2012 – Us and Them: Umwelten, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
2011 – The Animal Gaze Returned, Cass Gallery, London Metropolitan University, London
2011 – Salthouse 11: Ad limina, 15th-century church of St Nicholas, Salthouse, Norfolk
2010 – Standing Heat, The Front, New Orleans, USA
2005 – Animal Nature, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. (Collaborative installation with Edwina Ashton.)
1985-86 – Touring exhibition:  Cleveland (UK) 7th International Drawing Biennale, Cleveland, Aberystwyth, Glasgow and Birmingham
1984 – Small Works, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
1983 – New Work: Nine Artists on Merseyside, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool


2017 – Steve Baker & Mike Dodd: Trees and Other Objects, artists’ book (Norwich: Singular Publishing).  Edition of 200 copies
2013 – Artist|Animal (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press), in the ‘Posthumanities’ series
2006 – Killing Animals, co-authored collection by The Animal Studies Group (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press)
2001 – Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, and Representation, second edition (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press).  (First edition: MUP, 1993.)
2000 – The Postmodern Animal (London: Reaktion Books), in the ‘Essays in Art and Culture’ series

Membership of editorial/advisory boards, etc.

Advisory board, ‘Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures’ book series, Penn State University Press
Editorial board, ‘Animal Publics’ book series, Sydney University Press
Board of editors, Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies. ISSN 1063-1119 / 1568-5306
Senior editorial board, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. ISSN 1756-9575
Advisory board, Animal Studies Journal (Australia). ISSN 2201-3008
Scientific committee, Animal Studies (Italy). ISSN 2281-2288
External advisory board, Centre for Human Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, UK
Research associate, AEGIS Research Group (Arts, Ecology, Globalization & the Interpretation of Science), School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

For details of shorter publications, public lectures, conference papers etc., see full CV at:

Steve Baker
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