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WRoCAH AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award - Artists Networks: Whose Voice Counts? Researching the Disconnects with and for Artists from the Global Majority in the Yorkshire Region

University of Leeds - School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leeds
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th February 2024
Closes: 6th March 2024

Session 2024 - Closing Date 12 noon (UK time) 6th March 2024

Before applying for this studentship, ensure you visit the WRoCAH website for full project details and application information.

Award provides fees and maintenance at UKRI Rates (£18,622 in Session 2023/24) plus £600 enhancement per annum.

This is an AHRC WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds and the Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN).

This project will collaboratively examine approaches to the critical absence of research on the involvement of artists from the Global Majority within artist-led networks in the Yorkshire region. Artists from the Global Majority are not connected and lack visibility, particularly if their art practices arise from non-western aesthetic traditions. As ongoing research by YVAN, impacts and practices will be shared and contribute to fair and equitable arts policy frameworks.

Research Questions

  1. What are the barriers to the active participation of Global Majority artists?
  2. Where does value lie within the relationships and organisational structures therein?
  3. What peer-led participative research methods would facilitate data gathering whilst strengthening connections and collective action for and by Global Majority artists?
  4. What approaches would be adopted that mobilise programmes of post-colonial activism in the fields of arts and humanities research that lead to a step change in institutional norms and behaviours?

Methodology

The student would be encouraged to adopt novel research methodologies to gather and disseminate findings whilst empowering action led by participants. YVAN has extensive experience of curating action-based research and has extensive primary research materials including databases of networks.

Scope for autonomy

The format and conceptual approach would propose a radical revision that takes its starting point from practices and texts by Global Majority artists, critical writers and theorists. There remains significant scope for the student to refine the research questions and for the framing and choice of methods to match their skills and interests.

About YVAN

Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network supports visual arts practice across the region and is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN). YVAN is committed to ensuring that the visual arts is contemporary, inclusive and diverse; and challenges itself to examine all bias and prejudice that prevents the enrichment, experience and participation in cultural life for all.

Engagement, outreach, dissemination and impact initiatives.

The researcher has the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to a range of YVAN's public-facing activities. The researcher will be invited to help deliver YVAN's work such as BTO3 exhibitions, monthly online 'socials', regional symposium (2026) and publications.

For further project information contact Dr Robert Knifton

Information about how to apply contact the Postgraduate Admissions team

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