Expanded Interiors

Banner images: The House of the Beautiful Courtyard, Herculaneum; example of a Roman Face Jug found in Pompeii; Dr Thea Ravasi in The House of the Cryptoporticus, Pompeii; Professor Ian Haynes, Alex Turner & Rosie Morris scan and photograph Roman objects in Herculaneum; Herculaneum at Night; Pompeii's Forum; Grammar of Clouds, by Catrin Huber, 2012, Pitzhanger Manor. 


Expanded Interiors explores ancient Roman wall paintings and Roman artefacts through fine-art practice at the two UNESCO World Heritage sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The project will develop site-specific fine art installations within two distinct architectural contexts: the House of the Cryptoporticus, in Pompeii, and the House of the Beautiful Courtyard, in Herculaneum.

Initiated by visual artist Catrin Huber, Expanded Interiors is led by Newcastle University and brings together an experienced team from contemporary art, archaeology and digital technology. We are looking at the relevance of Roman wall painting and Roman artefacts for contemporary fine-art practice, and how to respond to the histories and complex nature of these archaeological sites within a contemporary context.

The project is funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and is working in partnership with the Parco Archeologico di Pompei, the Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, the Herculaneum Conservation Project, and Art Editions North.

Exhibitions Announcement

Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum & Pompeii

Video Podcast: Expanded Interiors

Artist Catrin Huber explains the ideas behind bringing site-specific fine-art practice to Roman houses in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Expanded Interiors UK Project Launch

A fascinating new project which sees contemporary artworks installed among the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, creating two art venues in stunning, historically resonant settings, will launch on April 19th.