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Histories, Collections and Practice: Gender and the Regional Art Gallery (Advert Reference: NBC020/VAN HENSBERGEN)

  • 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 topical project explores gender representation in the collecting, curatorial and educational practices of UK art galleries from the early twentieth century to today. Using Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery (founded 1906) as a central case study, it adopts a new-museological approach to uncover the gendered power relations inscribed in the gallery’s archive, which continue to influence practice today. The project will propose new impactful models for the museum sector, and nuance our understanding of the role of regional galleries in promoting public knowledge of the relationship between art and gender.

The PhD project would be ideally suited to applicants wanting to develop careers in the museum and heritage sector (especially in curatorial and learning departments), or for those wishing to gain impactful experience in working with partners for use in the academic sector. The student will be based on site in the curatorial offices of the Laing Art Gallery (5 minutes’ walk from Northumbria campus) and work closely with their archives, library and collections. The project will involve a number of placements (for up to six months) enabling the student to develop and apply their research in other national and regional galleries.

Expressions of interest should be received by the principal supervisor no later than January 6th 2020. Email Dr Claudine van Hensbergen:

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/VAN HENSBERGEN) 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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