Funded PhD Opportunity Unorthodox spatial methods in experimental visual art practice – hybridity between the moving image and the geographically embodied.

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Subject: Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory


Focused upon the unorthodoxies of method founded within contemporary art practice and drawing from and addressing a specific art disciplinary context, this topic explores the uncertainties and opportunities around a generative and/or degenerative contribution to spatial discourses.  In particular this topic looks beyond the ‘objective’ lens to how hybrid and experimental processes between film, moving image or video strategies might augment, connect or juxtapose with post-conceptual forms of geographically embodied art practice in order to explore, subvert, undermine or expand spatial knowledges.

In a global geo-cultural context, the candidate’s research project should cross-pollinate academic disciplines such as human and physical geography (for example, post-Marxist, feminist, radical or anarchist geographies) with an experimental art practice that grounds the research in the experiential moment.

Outcomes could include artworks and a theoretical frame-working which allows for the generation of, or a reworking or unpicking of unorthodox methodologies within spatial art practices.

This PhD project should both academically consolidate and experimentally expand the practice and scholarly understandings of this area. Our interest, as supervisors, in this topic develop from our own spatial concerns as artists across a matrix of theoretical understandings including the, socio-political, cultural, physical, meta-physical and ‘pata-physical.

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 18 February 2019
Interview Date
18th to 22nd & 25th to 28th March 2019


Belfast campus

Belfast campus
At the centre of the civic evolution in Belfast

Contact Supervisor

Mr Daniel Shipsides

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