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Fully funded PhD: Maintaining the wellbeing of artists in temporary spaces.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Patterson
    Dr A Drencheva
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Sheffield University Management School is seeking applications from exceptional UK based students, with an outstanding academic record and a proven background in research training, for a fully funded PhD.

This collaborative project with East Street Arts, a pioneering contemporary artist-led organisation, will address two key research questions:
1. How do the arrangements of temporary spaces influence the hedonic and eudemonic wellbeing of artists?
2. How do artists meet their psychological, social and professional needs in temporary spaces, to maintain their wellbeing?

The temporary use of empty spaces by artists can invigorate areas affected by deindustrialisation and socioeconomic transformations, whilst also supporting artists and art. Temporary spaces have previously been investigated from an urban planning perspective, focusing on the potential benefits for communities, but little is known about how temporary spaces influence the wellbeing of the artists using them. (Wellbeing is defined as a state in which individuals realise their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and are able to make a contribution to their community.)

Whilst the use of temporary spaces is increasingly a key part of an artist’s life, there has been no attention given to the experiences of artists in relation to their wellbeing in temporary spaces from their own perspective as entrepreneurial agents. This project will look beyond the socioeconomic value of temporary spaces to provide a nuanced understanding of how artists experience temporary spaces in relation to their wellbeing, thus exploring how temporary spaces can benefit all.

Funding Notes

This is an ESRC (WRDTP Collaborative Award) Scholarship, offered as a 1+3 or +3 award. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (tuition fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates). EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

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