Fine Art PhD Scholarship

University of Gloucestershire

Three years full time

£6K pa bursary, gifted by the Mike Holland Trust, plus full fee waiver from University of Gloucestershire.

Applications are invited for a funded, full-time studentship for an artist/curator to undertake research through practice exploring the relationship between contemporary painting and the legacies of concrete and non-representational art. The research can take the form of a series of exhibition projects, art practice, writing and/or a combination of all three. The successful applicant will be encouraged to align their research with projects being developed within the School of Fine Art that will explore legacies of Abstraction and its human implications, with potential to research such areas as Concrete Poetry and the under known aspects of British Systems & Constructive Art. The successful proposal will be expected to have a strongly international outlook but may also want to explore specifically local legacies such as the concrete poetry of Dom Sylvester Houédard and art of Ken Cox. Collaboration with other schools within the University and with external institutions is encouraged. The University also has a research relationship with The Wilson/Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, which is expected to become a useful resource for the practical research as the PhD develops.

The aim of the research will be to make an original contribution to knowledge that has roots in the reappraisal of significant and undervalued resources for a contemporary context. It is likely to conclude with a body of new work in exhibition form that could be either curated or original work or a combination of both. A written textual element will be produced that exists in critical relation to it, providing contextual analysis, elucidating the research process and its outcomes and acting as a benchmark by which future researchers can identify the trajectory and content of this particular project.

The Interview: The interview will provisionally be held in December 2016 or early January 2017. The planned commencement of the PhD is also in January 2017. The interview process normally lasts around 3 hours in total and includes a meeting with the project supervisor(s), a chance to talk to some of our full-time students and an opportunity to view the campus and Institutional facilities. You will be asked to make a short presentation on a topic related to the study. There is also an opportunity to present the supervisory team with an example of your written work (e.g. an independent study/assignment) at the interview.

Widening Participation: As part of its mission statement the University is committed to widening participation for its higher degrees. Although most candidates will have an undergraduate and/or a Masters degree, the University is happy to accept applications from candidates with relevant professional qualifications and work related experience.

How to apply: Please send the completed application form and brief proposal outline to: Andrew Bick

Academic Contact: For informal enquiries and further information, please contact Andrew Bick

Application deadline: 16th December 2016.

Interview Date: 10th January 2017.

Further information about the bursary and details about how to apply can be found at this website:

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