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Temporary spaces for artists: Community and individual impact - WRoCAH funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between Management School at the University of Sheffield and East Street Arts

Project Description

Artists’ use of temporary spaces is rapidly growing. Temporary spaces for artists arguably catalyse positive impact, but they also present tensions and potential negative outcomes for both individual artists and communities.

Artists’ use of temporary spaces is beneficial for both artists and communities. It lowers the financial stressors for artists allowing them to develop their practice and entrepreneurial skills in a community setting, thus limiting loneliness. Artists are also drivers of economic development, innovation, inclusion, and social change. Using temporary spaces places artists at the heart of local communities which can enhance the wellbeing of artists and of communities by contributing to community cohesion, social capital development, innovation, learning, and resilience.

However, the use of temporary spaces by artists also presents challenges and potential negative consequences for both artists and communities. The influx of artists into local communities can initiate culture-led regeneration, thus increasing living costs and displacing artists and local residents. Indeed, the use of temporary spaces by artists can replicate systems of marginalisation and instrumentalisation of artists and their work. While placing artists into the heart of communities enables residents to become co-producers, instead of just consumers, such co-production places various demands on artists in terms of time, skills, and economic motivations that might be challenging to negotiate authentically and sustaine artistic identities and wellbeing.

This collaborative studentship will explore the positive and negative influences of artists’ use of temporary spaces and consider how such initiatives can contribute to the sustainable wellbeing of both communities and artists.


Strong applicants will have a good first degree in an appropriate subject, as well as a Master’s degree and professional experience relevant to the scope of the project (or experience of belonging to a collaborative team).

How to apply

Before applying, please read the WRoCAH guidance about Collaborative Doctoral Awards, the WRoCAH training programme and requirements. Please note that all applicants need to meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements. You will find full details at:


Applicants should submit an application for a place at the University of Sheffield at and keep a note of their applicant number to be used in Stage 2.


Applicants should complete a WRoCAH Studentship funding application (online form) by the 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019 deadline at

Date of interviews

4th & 5th February, 2019

Any informal inquiries or expressions of interest can be sent to Dr Elizabeth Carnegie (

Funding Notes

Full-time AHRC Competition Studentships for doctoral research are 3 years in duration (or 6 years part time). Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2019. No deferrals are possible. Awards will comprise UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2017/8).

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.50

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