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WroCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between Sheffield University Management School and East Street Arts: Temporary Spaces for Artists: Community and Individual Impact

University of Sheffield - Sheffield University Management School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Awards will comprise UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2017/8)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 23rd January 2019

Project Description

Artists’ use of temporary spaces is rapidly growing. Temporary spaces for artists arguably catalyse positive impact, but they also present tensions and potential negative outcomes for both individual artists and communities.

Artists’ use of temporary spaces is beneficial for both artists and communities. It lowers the financial stressors for artists allowing them to develop their practice and entrepreneurial skills in a community setting, thus limiting loneliness. Artists are also drivers of economic development, innovation, inclusion, and social change. Using temporary spaces places artists at the heart of local communities which can enhance the wellbeing of artists and of communities by contributing to community cohesion, social capital development, innovation, learning, and resilience.

However, the use of temporary spaces by artists also presents challenges and potential negative consequences for both artists and communities. The influx of artists into local communities can initiate culture-led regeneration, thus increasing living costs and displacing artists and local residents. Indeed, the use of temporary spaces by artists can replicate systems of marginalisation and instrumentalisation of artists and their work. While placing artists into the heart of communities enables residents to become co-producers, instead of just consumers, such co-production places various demands on artists in terms of time, skills, and economic motivations that might be challenging to negotiate authentically and sustain artistic identities and wellbeing.

This collaborative studentship will explore the positive and negative influences of use of temporary spaces and consider how such initiatives can contribute to the sustainable wellbeing of both communities and artists. For full details see the project proforma

Financial value

Awards will comprise UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2017/8). Full-time AHRC Competition Studentships for doctoral research are 3 years in duration (or 6 years part time). Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2019. No deferrals are possible.


Strong applicants will have a good first degree in an appropriate subject, as well as a Master’s degree and professional experience relevant to the scope of the project (or experience of belonging to a collaborative team).

How to apply

Before applying, please read the WRoCAH guidance about Collaborative Doctoral Awards, the WRoCAH training programme and requirements. Please note that all applicants need to meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements. You will find full details at:


Applicants should submit an application for a place at the University of Sheffield at and keep a note of their applicant number to be used in Stage 2. 


Applicants should complete a WRoCAH Studentship funding application (online form) by 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019 deadline at

Date of interviews: 4 & 5 February, 2019

Any informal enquiries of expressions of interest can be sent to Dr Elizabeth Carnegie (


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