Hailey Maxwell



Hailey is interested in encounters between the sacred, sovereignty, violence and desire in avant-garde art and literature of 20th century Europe. Her present research arises out of a long-standing interest in the peripheries of surrealism and the enduring influence of Georges Bataille on critical thought. 

Hailey obtained MA History of Art (Hons) (2013) and MLitt Art, Politics, Transgression: 20th Century Avant-Gardes (2014) both from the University of Glasgow. 

Her MA dissertation addressed violence, gender and subjectivity in the work of Hans Bellmer and Joseph Cornell. 

In 2014 she was awarded the Andrew Millar Prize for History for her Masters dissertation 'Metaphor and Myth: Georges Bataille and André Masson 1929-1938.'

Hailey has written for titles such as Flash ArtThe Modernist Review, 3:AM Magazine, Age of RevolutionsCABLE and the LSE Review of Books and twice appeared on the 2018 Zero Tolerance Write to End Violence Against Women awards shortlist. 

She is interested in bringing ideas and discussions to spaces outside the university.

Hailey is a member of European Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies (EAM) and the Society for French Studies.

Research title: ‘Art of Atheology: the interwar collaborations of George Bataille.’

Research Summary

Hailey's PhD thesis examines the collaborative experiments of Georges Bataille in the interwar period as instrumental to the development of the atheology announced by his unfinished project La Somme athéologique.

She considers Bataille's mutli-modal practice throughout the 1920s and 30s as produced through collaboration with figures including Colette Peignot, Carl Einstein, André Masson and Pierre Klossowski. 


 'Thu Peedie Stranger' in The Sacred Exists to be Found. The Aleph : London 2019. 

Exhibition Review: Dora Maar at Centre Pompidou / Paris 3:AM Magazine July 2019

'Exquisite Corpses' ALIENIST Magazine #5 (May 2019): RESISTANCE & EXPERIMENT
written as commentary on an ongoing creative project reviving and critiquing avant-garde paractices of making. 


Exhibition Review: Charlemagne Palestine at M HKA Museum Contemporary Art / Antwerp Flash Art 9 April 2019


Book Review: A Modernist Fantasy: Modernism, Anarchism and the Radical Fantastic by James Gifford (ELS Editions 2018) The Modernist Review issue #6 March 2019


Conference Review: ‘Virus of Hate: Responses to Fascism in Psychoanalysis, Surrealism & Modernism’ The Modernist Review issue #5 'Beyond Literary Modernism' January 2019


“Glasgow International: Exploring Art’s Class Problem” Conter May 2018


“Midwestern Masculinity: Larry Clark in Tulsa” 3:AM Magazine December 2017


Exhibition review “Antony Connelly: If You’ve Got the Money” Cable Magazine Issue 5 November 2017 


“Decaptiation in the “Low” Surrealist Revolution” Age of Revolutions January 2017


Book Review: “Moroccan Fashion: Design, Culture and Tradition. M. Angela Jansen. Bloomsbury. November 2014. ” LSE Review of Books May 2015


‘Surrealist Collaborative Play’ written as part of a Group Critical Writing Residency ed. Maria Fusco curated by Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design July 2014. 


Theatre Review: 'Contemporary Legend Theatre Metamorphosis, Edinburgh International Festival'. GUM 2013




Scottish International Education Trust 2015-2018

Clark-Mile End Bursary 2016-17

Sutherland Page Trust 2016-17

Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust 2015-16

Fran Trust Travel Grant June 2017, September 2018

College of Arts Research Support 2019




  • Georges Bataille Reading Workshop, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Special Collections,October 2019.  University of Edinburgh Dada and Surrealism Research Group 
  • ‘André Masson's Theopoetics’ History of Art Postgraduate Symposium 2nd May 2019 University of Glasgow / Kelvin Hall

  • 'A Matter of Form : Georges Bataille and Carl Einstein in Collaboration' British Association of Modernist Studies, 'New Work in Modernist Studies 2018' 1st December 2018. School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow.  
  • ‘Political Sovereignty and the Return to Order in the Avant Garde’  European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies (EAM) 6th International Conference 'Modernism(s) and Realism(s)' 5-7th September 2018  University of Münster 

  • "Florid Bullfights and the Stages of Laure" History of Art Postgraduate Symposium May 2018  University of Glasgow.
  • ‘Zurich Dada and Nationalism’ GRAMnet (Glasgow Refugee and Migrant Network) Research Open Day 2016, University of Glasgow

  • ‘Surrealist Collaborative Play’ written as part of a Group Critical Writing Residency curated by Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
    Paper was presented at 12-Hour Jamming Symposium Friday 25 July 2014, part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. 

Workshop attendance


Level 1 History of Art – Graduate Teaching Assistant 

Additional Information

2017 Peer reviewer  eSharp 'Rise and Fall' Spring issue

2013/2014 Editor-in-Chief GUM

2011-2012 Arts Editor TLG Magazine


Centre of Unsuccessful Submissions  Coburg House Art Studios, Edinburgh 23-26 Feb 2018 (Senior Researcher)