Funded PhD Opportunity What influence has Performance Art Practices & Performance Art Practitioners had on Higher Education across the Island of Ireland?

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Subject: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory


From the 1970’s dialogues, live actions and interventions opened up around the possibilities of conceptual practices to respond critically and with awareness of its situatedness in the city of Belfast and the social and political context of Northern Ireland. These collective actions and activities both within the art educational context and beyond have and continue to make a crucial contribution to the forms and possibilities of conceptual, situated and relational art practice in Northern Ireland.

Applicants are invited for PhD project proposals that investigate if and to what extent Performance Art Practices & Performance Art Practitioners has had within Higher Education in both Northern Ireland and across the Island of Ireland.

Questions it will seek to explore are;

*Has the influence of performance artists and performance art practice within Higher education across the Island of Ireland had an impact in the evolution and development of Socially Engaged practice(s) in Ireland, North and South?

*What data or published material currently exists that may provide evidence, or insights, for the influences that performance artists and performance art practices have had on Higher education teaching and/or Course provision in Ireland/Northern Ireland?

*How best can Performance Artists and Performance Art Practices influences, and impact be sourced, traced, recorded, assessed, analysed and defined?

*Can this also be shown in relation to the evolution and development of socially engaged practice in Ireland – North and South. What can be learned from the research findings?

*Can this research highlight specific practice experience and teaching methodologies employed by performance artists?

*How can specific experience of performance art practice(s) be shown to have had an impact on the evolution and development of Socially Engaged practice(s) in Ireland, North and South?

*How can specific experience of performance art practice(s) be shown to have had an impact on 3rd. Level Fine Art teaching and/or Course provision in Ireland/Northern Ireland. How do these findings relate to other contexts i.e. within the UK, Europe, USA etc.?

*Can parallels be found in other contexts and what conclusions can be drawn?

*How might these findings contribute to contemporary and future Higher education provision within Fine Art Practices?

Applications are invited for the PhD project outlined above. This research builds on extensive research and activity in this field and we are interested in receiving proposals to develop a body of research (either a combination of visual and text-based research, or a solely text-based research proposal) for a three-year full time PhD.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Practice-based research experience and/or dissemination
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Work experience relevant to the proposed project


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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The PhD training programme and regular supervision contacts have provided the direction and support necessary to ensure that I deliver a quality thesis in a timely manner.I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working at Ulster University and feel it has put me in a better position to sustain a full time career as an artist and academic in the years to come.

Jacqueline Wylie

Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 19 February 2018
Interview Date
12th to 16th March 2018

Contact Supervisor

Mr Robert Connolly

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