Collapsible spaces: Contemporary drawing practice and evolving places of retreat and refuge in the 21st Century.
AUB is pleased to offer one full-time fully funded studentship and/or part-time fees only bursary for the above PhD opportunity to outstanding applicants seeking to begin a programme of research with AUB in September 2018.
Proposals are invited for a practice-led PhD project that will investigate synergies between contemporary drawing practice and the material and conceptual aspects of places and spaces of retreat and refuge in the 21st century.
The investigation will thus engage with aspects of temporality and permanence, asking how drawing might illuminate, in Noel Arnaud’s words, ‘I am the space where I am’. It will contribute to an evolving research cluster which interrogates aspects of drawing and states of transience.
AUB’s extraordinary CRAB Studio, designed by Professor Sir Peter Cook RA and dedicated to drawing, provides an ongoing platform for a number of investigations currently led by Sian Bowen, Professor of Drawing, under the umbrella title, “Collapsible Spaces: Places of Temporary Refuge, Ritual and Retreat”.
The studentship will not only contribute to these practice-led lines of enquiry but might also engage with other research interests across AUB – which include contested spaces; magic in art; societal responsibility and the memorialisation of the past in relation to the chronicling of change.
The project will expand on themes reflecting the ephemeral in drawing which have been addressed through employment of fugitive materials as in Beuys (Painting Version, 1976), Cage (Wild Edible Drawing, 1990) and Long (Mississippi Mud Drawing, 1992), and through simple manipulation of existing materials as in Creed (Sheet of Paper Folded and Unfolded, 2004).
Its distinctiveness will lie with its investigation of the means through which drawing might engage with and in turn illuminate an understanding of the retreat and/or refuge in our current times – in a global context the temporary residences of disaster zones slowly become permanent homes to tens of thousands of people and dwellings which traditionally housed permanent residents are now inhabited by sections of society in transit.
On the other hand, the investigation might well focus on more conceptual or personal notions of the currency that the words ‘refuge’ and retreat’ hold.
The means to interrogate these themes through a contemporary drawing practice might include some of the following:
- Dedication of specialist methods and materials to new ways of considering and creating drawings.
- Investigation of the mutability of temporary spaces through the ‘expanded field’ of drawing.
- Connection with current debates on how the textual nature of objects can communicate in various ways.
- Establishment of a distinctive discourse that aims to bridge debates on contemporary drawing and craft skills across different cultural, social and geographical environments.
- Examination of how drawing research and practice can communicate a state of flux through innovative means.
Supervision will be led by Professor Siân Bowen, Professor of Drawing, who has had a longstanding interest in light and the drawn surface, the relationship between the material and the ephemeral and in temporary structures of refuge including 18th century Japanese paper folding teahouses and folding teahouse architectural models.
AUB can offer the following funding for this PhD opportunity:
(1) one fully funded studentship, offered on a full-time basis only. The successful applicant will have their fees paid and be awarded a University stipend (£14,533 per annum) for up to three years. They will be expected to contribute up to six hours of academic duties a week. Please refer to the studentship terms and conditions for further details.
(2) one fees only bursary for part-time study for up to five years. Please refer to the bursary terms and conditions for further details.
Applicants are also invited from those who wish to self-fund their studies.
Person Specification and Eligibility Criteria
- Candidates for a PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in three years (full-time) and five years (part-time).
- Applicants should hold a first or upper-second-class Honours degree and/or a Master’s degree.
- Applicants with alternative qualifications/experience will be considered if they can demonstrate relevant achievement. Applicants whose first language is not English will be expected to have an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with 7.0 minimum in writing.
- In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, AUB will look closely at the research potential and academic qualities of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.
- Please note that this award is only available to nationals from the UK and EU and is not open to applicants who are liable to pay academic fees at the international fee rate and/or require a Tier 4 visa.
How to Apply
- All applicants should apply via the University’s online application portal
- As part of the application, you will be required to submit a 1500 word proposal that follows the guidelines available on the website; and two academic references. You should also upload a copy of your CV.
- You should clearly state in your proposal that you wish to be considered for either the studentship or the bursary.
- Closing date for applications is 30 May 2018. Successful candidates will be invited for interview at AUB w/c 25 June 2018.
Our Research Degrees are awarded in partnership with University of the Arts London. In your first year of registration, there will be three separate weeks attendance in London at the University of the Arts London Research Network (RNUAL) commencing late September 2018.
If you are interested in studying with us and would like to arrange an informal discussion about the opportunities and application process, please contact the AUB Research Office: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01202 363334.