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Arts Institutions and the Future of Civic Learning (Advert Reference: NBC020/PHILLIPS)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

AHRC-funded through the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Consortium

This research project will develop understanding of the shifting patterns of education in the contemporary arts institution context in the UK and produce a transformative vision of civic participation that builds on and tests the work currently being undertaken with our partner organisation BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The project builds on the partnership between BALTIC and Northumbria University and will expand joint research interests in addressing issues of equality and access in the field of gallery learning which are relevant across the gallery and museums sector. It will address questions such as the following:

• How can educational practices in arts institutions be influenced and shaped by conceptions of civic participation?
• How has gallery education been conceptualised in policy and by practitioners, and how do these conceptions influence prevailing orthodoxies?
• How are gallery education practices disrupted by evolving concepts of civic participation by individuals and communities?

The research responds to a need that exists across the arts and arts education sector to examine the environments, behaviours, attitudes, opinions, and perceptions that have dominated gallery education and the artistic practices that have evolved from these environments over recent decades. It will propose new ways of working that could play a catalytic role in the gallery. Building on existing research in the field, this project will extend knowledge particularly through a focus on institutional frames, systems and infrastructures that act as both strategies and practices in gallery education. BALTIC’s learning and civic engagement programmes will act as a case-study for this research, which will also draw on models of gallery education that exist elsewhere in the UK and internationally.

Expressions of interest should be received by the principal supervisor no later than January 6th 2020. Email Professor Andrea Phillips:

The deadline for applications through the Northumbria online portal is January 13th 2020. We expect to interview shortlisted candidates in February. The studentship will be awarded to the successful applicant subject to ratification by the Northern Bridge studentship committee.

More information about this studentship and about the application process including eligibility criteria, can be found at:

Please note: Applications that do not include the advert reference (e.g. NBC020/PHILLIPS) will not be considered.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

Each studentship consists of payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council's national rate (currently £15,009) funded for a nominal 42 months of study. The package also includes:
• access to a research support training fund to cover the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork;
• financial support to participate in a Northern Bridge Conference, an annual Summer School and a Completion and Leadership Workshop, which focuses on career development and employability;
• financial support for placements

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