Dementia and Imagination is a three year interdisciplinary project is funded by the AHRC Connected Communities programme. It is led by Dr Gillian Windle (Bangor University) with a team of investigators at the University of Newcastle, the University of Nottingham, City University, and MMU. Nottingham Contemporary is a partner in the project, alongside Age Watch and Baltic.
Dementia and Imagination will bring together researchers from social science with research in the visual arts, cultural policy and museum studies. It aims to look at methods derived from visual arts practice as a means of overcoming the isolation faced by those affected by dementia.
Led by Professor Steve Benford (University of Nottingham) in collaboration with NTU and the University of Leicester, Archives, Assets and Audiences is a AHRC Creative Knowledge Exchange Project that aims to generate new thinking and new partnerships by focusing on archives in relationship to the new possibilities of access and co-authorship offered by digital media. Nottingham Contemporary is a partner in the project alongside a diverse set of museums, cultural institutions, and archives, locally and nationally.
As part of the project Nottingham Contemporary is collaborating with two Knowledge Exchange Fellows. Tim Coughlan (Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham) was awarded a Fellowship allowing him to act as ‘technologist in residence’ within the Lace Market area of Nottingham, exploring the invention and re-invention of this area as a site for art institutions and creative industries. Néstor Valero-Silva (Business School, NTU) was awarded a Fellowship that will explore the place of archiving within the institutional culture, aims and priorities of Nottingham Contemporary.
Wasteland Twinning is a cross-disciplinary network. It facilitates research by artists, and others, who are investigating the pasts, presents, and potential futures of urban wastelands across the globe. Wasteland Twinning Nottingham involves a collective of three artist researchers. Their speculative enquiries centre on a large site, known locally as ‘The Island’ and located at the borders between inner-city and city centre proper.
Nottingham Contemporary has developed an ongoing relationship with this group. We collaborate on talks and discussions which focus on subjects of mutual interest and concern, such as the way in which contemporary art relates to urbanism, local history, and culture-led regeneration.
The Midland Group was the most significant organisation involved in the presentation of new art in Nottingham and the East Midlands from its founding in 1943 to its closure in 1987. Its exhibitions and activities created new audiences for contemporary art; raised significant debates concerning education, representation, and new art forms; established networks with peer organisations within the country, and connected to and fostered new currents of international art within the region and beyond.
The extensive exhibition and institutional history of the Midland Group has never been comprehensively mapped. Building on the work of Cultural Geographer Hannah Neate and others, Nicholas Alfrey (Art History, University of Nottingham) and Isobel Whitelegg (The Public Programme, Nottingham Contemporary) are overseeing a funded Post-Doctoral Placement project focused on completing a scoping study of the public archives of the Midland Group Gallery.
This initial project will form the foundations of further research, exploring the Midland Group in relation to the wider critical and historical issues at stake for non-collecting contemporary art institutions. It is funded by Archives, Assets and Audiences; led by Professor Steve Benford (University of Nottingham) in collaboration with NTU and the University of Leicester, this is an AHRC Creative Knowledge Exchange Project that aims to generate new thinking and new partnerships by focusing on archives in relationship to the new possibilities of access and co-authorship offered by digital media.
The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University; the University of Nottingham; the University of Leicester; De Montfort University; the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. It funds PhD study within and across Arts & Humanities disciplines, supported by a range of partnerships with art, museum and heritage institutions - including Nottingham Contemporary.
Midlands3Cities strengthens our established relationship with leading Universities within the region, and the work of an emerging generation of arts and humanities researchers will also enhance our reputation as an innovative international centre for contemporary art. We can offer a context for the development of professional skills, and also an understanding how research benefits, and operates in relationship with, the publicly funded arts sector.
Curator of Public Programmes, Isobel Whitelegg, is working with the DTP to ensure that student applicants who focus research projects on contemporary art and its institutions, curating, arts management and exhibition studies will be supported.
Students need to apply directly with one of the six Universities before 9th January 2014, and institutional procedures and requirements are specific to each.
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