PhD FINE ART

 

PhD FINE ART

PhD Fine Art research at Northumbria University is located within the vibrant studio culture of the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art based at BALTIC 39. Situated within exceptional, purpose-built studios, our postgraduate students undertake practice-based research in a stimulating environment supervised by internationally renowned artists and leading academics.

Facilities such as the BALTIC 39 Meeting Place Series and Talk Studio enable students engage with a programme of international research events, often in response to exhibitions and events delivered at BALTIC’s project space, which is located on the top floor of the building.  At the University’s nearby City Campus Gallery North also provides an important focus for engagement with practitioners, including funded artists-in-residence and visiting artists, and research within critical and curatorial practices through exhibitions, seminars and publications. Fine Art Researchers benefit from access to excellent workshop facilities and areas of specialist fine art research such as PSN (Paper Studio Northumbria), which provides a unique national and international facility for the research of paper in relation to fine art, conservation, archiving and papermaking.

The current range and scope of Northumbria’s support of artists undertaking research through their creative practices is based on a long history of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentship awards dating back to 2001 that utilized the cross-disciplinary expertise available in the Department of Arts, Design and Social Sciences.Northumbria is now the lead partner of the Northumbria – Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training.This partnership, involving the Universities of Northumbria and Sunderland, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the National Glass Centre, delivers world-class, innovative research training to PhD students in art and design, continuing to forge cross-disciplinary collaborations with an expanded capacity to integrate professional and academic rigour in practice-led and applied research as in well as related historical and theoretical research. Students undertake generic and subject specific research training programmes delivered at both institutions and participate in research events such as the AHRC CDT Annual Student Conference, which provides researchers with an opportunity to publically present their research and receive critical feedback from their peers, supervisors and invited specialists.

Fully funded studentships are available through the AHRC CDT and Northumbria University’s RDF studentship scheme.

We welcome applications from ambitious artists who wish to undertake practice –based research in Fine Art.

 

PhD Students

LYN HAGAN

Disneyland can wait: Performance between the real and the imaginary. 

Supervisory team:
Prof. Christine Borland
Prof.David Campbell
Prof. Beryl Graham

 

INGE PANNEELS

Mapping in Art: how artists use maps and mapping in their work and what is the viability of these strategies in an increasingly digital multi-disciplinary world?

Supervisory team:
Prof.Ysanne Holt
Prof. Rona Lee
Mike Collier

HARRIET PLEWIS

Performing Philosophy/Philosophising Performance.
Does the ‘performance of philosophy’ prompt a relationship between the practices of Philosophy and Performance that is symbiotic rather than Socratic? In the context of Performance, can Philosophy be used as a vehicle by which we arrive at a Politics?

Supervisory team:
Dr.Cormac Power
Prof.David Campbell


LOUISE O’HARE

Curatorial approaches, activities and attitudes within the practice of contemporary art.
SMILE: Building a critical discourse around artists publishing – seeking brazenness and irreverence from Benglis to contemporary practices.

Supervisory team:
Dr. Joanne Tatham
Dr. Ronan McCrea

LOUISE MACKENZIE

Evolution of the Subject: Fine Art Practice and the Agency of the Organism within Synthetic Biology.

Supervisory team:
Fiona Crisp
Prof. Christine Borland
Prof. Chris Dorsett

ANNA REID

Abstract Geology – Critically Engaged Fine Art Practices of the post human within a new geologic era. When art presents as ‘Deep Time’ geological problem.

Supervisory team:
Prof. Rona Lee
Charles Danby


DEBBIE GUINNANE

Improvising machines: human movement beyond the frame. Inventing strategies for implementing and yielding to improvisatory action in performance art

Supervisory team:
Prof. David Campbell
Dr. Sandra Johnston
Jane Arnfield

DENYS BLACKER

Consciousness, subjectivity and synchronicity in improvised live art practice.

Supervisory team:
Dr. Cormac Power
Dr. Sandra Johnston

FRANCESCA STEELE

Improvisatory action: the unpredictable and the unforeseen in site-responsive performance art.

Supervisory team:
Prof. Chris Dorsett
Dr. Sandra Johnston


CAROLINE ALI

Exploration of visual and haptic attention to detail and its significance as a positive value in relation to stability in paper conservation and contemporary drawing practice in the context of museum collections of works on paper.

Supervisory team:
Sian Bowen
Dr. Jane Colbourne

CHRIS EVANS

What is the relationship between a notion of ethical indifference serving as the impetus for a lucrative practice, and a particular manner of poiesis, that can be termed ‘automatic’ or ‘machine-like’?
What is the agency of this relationship in discursive and collaborative practices including my own?

Supervisory team:
Dr. Joanne Tatham
Prof. Chris Dorsett

CLARE STEPHENSON

She-who-is-the-Maker-of-Objects

Supervisory team:
Tom O’Sullivan
Prof. David Campbell


STEPHEN PRITCHARD

Can participatory arts support sustainable social change in the UK?

Supervisory team:
Prof. Ysanne Holt
Dr. Matt Hargrave

NICOLA SINGH

Writing with/in/out of performance through processes of copying/re-editing/
translating/plagiarizing/imitating/reorganising/
bastardizing/manipulating and borrowing sections of already existing texts.

Supervisory team:
Prof. Chris Dorsett
Jane Arnfield

FIONA LARKIN

Radical Empathy, the image and the role of empathy in the world of the active spectator.

Supervisory team:
Rona Lee
Keith McIntyre


KATIE MCGOWN

A practice-led investigation into the use of textiles to describe the unstable in contemporary sculpture and installation practices.

Supervisory team:
David Campbell
Christine Borland

ALYSIA TRACKIM

Complicated Grief: how orphanhood drives the fundamental enquiries and methodologies of an arts practice based on erasure.

Supervisory team:
Prof. Chris Dorset
Dr Ronan McCrea

JACQUELINE DONACHIE

I am not sick. I am affected. Representations of Families Affected by Disability.

Supervisory team:
Chris Dorsett
Clark Lawlor


KATE LISTON

What is the Relationship between the Deleuzian Idea of Mapping Space and Subject Formation through Narrative?

Supervisory team:
Joanne Tatham
Chris Dorsett

AIDEEN DORAN

Into Information: An Investigation Into Technology, Aesthetics, Agency and the Practice of Art, Now

Supervisory team:
Rona Lee
Allan Hughes

JENNIFER DUFFY

Are You Engaged? (Re) Addressing Notions of Participation in Contemporary Performance Practice.

Supervisory team:
Kate Craddock
Cormac Power


LUCY LIVINGSTONE

Investigating the Threshold as a Location for Visual Research and the (re)Framing of Contemporary Critical.

Supervisory team:
David Campbell
Fiona Crisp

DAKSHA PATEL

Imaging and Imagining the Brain

Supervisory team:
Sian Bowen
Christine Borland

ALISTAIR PEEBLES

‘The Left Bank of the North’ Landscapes and continuities in the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006).

Supervisory team:
Craig Richardson
Ysanne Holt