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Research

Arts research in the School of Arts and Social Sciences brings together academic staff and postgraduate students in Art and Design History, Film and Television Studies, Fine Art, Performing Arts, and Cultural Management and Conservation.

Our research engages with the complexity and diversity of culture and the cultural field. Activities range from creative practice and the academic study of representations, histories and discourses surrounding forms of material and visual culture, to the exploration of popular cultures, of cultural institutions and the significance of culture and cultural practice in the formation of individual, community, national and transnational identities. Central also are issues concerning the management of culture (conservation, heritage, collections and curating) as well as the analysis of cultural sector practices. For more information on recent and current research projects, please consult our staff web profiles.

This research is disseminated internationally as well as nationally via scholarly writing (books, peer-reviewed articles, and editorial activities), art and performance practices (exhibitions, performances, script-writing, directing, and curatorial interventions), and by delivering conference papers and keynote addresses both in Great Britain and abroad. Arts staff serve on the boards of major galleries and the editorial boards of academic journals (including The Journal of Design History and Visual Culture in Britain), edit book series (for example the Cultographies series from Wallflower Press) and have appeared in the media – including BBC television and radio – to discuss their work.

We have received funding from the traditional research councils and major charities; including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Arts Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Networks, collaborations and partnerships with public and private bodies and organizations both nationally and internationally have and continue to be a key feature of our work, from residency research and curatorial projects with, for example, the Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust to project developments with a variety of arts and cultural institutions and societies including the V&A, BALTIC, Tate Britain, Live Theatre, and the Rijksmuseum. Recent funded research activity includes a Leverhulme Artist-in-residence project and an AHRC project on the Amber film collective in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Kiel, Germany.

We are a recipient of an AHRC Block Grant for 2009-2014 and have a growing PhD community undertaking practice-led research in Fine Art and Performance and research in Art and Design History, Film and Television Studies. Our goal is to be at the leading edge of research in the Visual and Performing Arts and to provide a centre for postgraduate research in these areas by offering excellent supervision, a first class research environment and outstanding research resources.