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Art Research Group

The Art Research group focuses on practice-based and theoretical research in contemporary Fine Art. We explore diverse models for creative practice ranging from performances, to free share sound archives to painting, sculpture (analogue and digital), time based arts, drawing, printing and photography. We explore these models of practice in the public, nationally and internationally through exhibitions, seminars, conferences, screenings, events and critical writing.

The Art Research group contributes to the overall research culture and expertise at Manchester School of Art through the international and national profile of the staff, who are creating cutting-edge exhibitions, events, installations, performances, radio programmes, writing and curated exhibitions.

Our activities include:

  • Leadership of and contributions to the postgraduate research student environment through seminars, lectures, other events and research training and research supervision.
  • Development and dissemination of internationally acclaimed digital media work.
  • Development of bi-lateral partnerships for lab-based cross-disciplinary teaching and research in Art and Architecture in the Ruhr area and Manchester.
  • Research and consultation in Socially Engaged art practices (historical and contemporary).
  • Continuation of research and its dissemination along key research themes.
  • Archiving the work of one of the UK's most significant post-war painters/educators: Dave Pearson.
  • Consultation to Contemporary Art Manchester Advisory Board (strategic partnership between City of Manchester and Arts Council).
  • Consultation to AXIS.

Research Areas

Our research expertise is fundamentally rooted in the evolving contemporary Fine Art Practice and the associated field of Curation, History and Anthropology of Art. The majority of members of the Art Research group are engaged in studio-based activity. We embrace and recognise the importance of the individual practice as well as collaborative and inter/trans-disciplinary work.

We have expertise in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, sound and video. We actively promote the fact, that art is generated and developed in digital and analogue idioms across real and virtual sites, platforms and realities. We embrace new technologies and methodologies as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations with academic and non-academic partners in the UK and abroad whilst also providing specific expertise and knowledge in materials and processes outlined above, which include research in and with 'out-dated' analogue media such as slides, Vinyl and film.

Staff of the Art research group continue embrace, interrogate and respond in research environment that is clustered around rigorous intellectual research themes

Archives, Museums, Cultural Heritage and Domestic Histories
Margaret Mytton, Chara Lewis (Brass Arts), Joan Beadle, Sutapa Biswas
Language, Power, Politics, Protest, Site and Communities
David Osbaldeston , Ian Rawlinson, Dave Griffiths, Dr Amanda Ravetz, Brigitte Jurack (Foreign Investment), Eileen Simpson, Margaret Mytton, Jane Brake, Ella McCartney
Simulation, Materiality, Identity, Fiction of the Image
Chara Lewis (Brass Arts), Oran O'Reilly, Ian Hartshorne, Dr Magnus Quaife, Margaret Mytton, Sophie Benson, Rick Copsey, Jo Lansley, Professor Keith Brown, Dr Donal Moloney, Andrew Lacon, Sutapa Biswas


Following the success of the Teaching Painting Conference (Whitworth Art Gallery) we are planning further practice informed international conferences:

29—30 October 2015
Teaching Painting Conference (Whitworth Art Gallery)
Autumn 2017
Teaching Sculpture in the post-industrial digital age (venue to be confirmed)
Summer 2019
International Art festivals and learning and teaching

Recent Projects

International Sculpture Exhibition (Aarhus, Denmark). Brigitte Jurack's sculpture entitled "The explorers have gone for tea" is shown. Alongside the exhibition Jurack ran 8 workshops.

Exhibition of new work by Ian Rawlinson at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Solo exhibition of work by Professor Pavel Büchler at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

One day conference at the Anna Freud Centre, convened by Brass Art as part of the Festival of the Unconscious.

British Art Show (new commission) for artists Eileen Simpson and Ben White in collaboration with the Department of Computing at Southampton University. Touring exhibition commencing in Leeds in 2015.

Professor Keith Brown's work was featured in an exhibition at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in the USA, 20 January - 1 March 2015.


Exhibitions & Publications


Osbaldeston, D., 2017. Drawing Biennial 2017, The Drawing Room, 02.03.17-26.04.17.

Osbaldeston, D., 2017. Public View, Bluecoat Gallery, 28.01.17-09.04.17.

Hartshorne, I., 2016. 2017 'new work, old ideas' Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich 2017, Feb 12 - Mar 20, 2017.

Moloney, D., 2016. Bankley Open Call Exhibition, Bankley Gallery, 2016.

Rawlinson, I., Crowe, G.J.N., 2016. Befolgen Sie unsere Befehle, Follow our Orders, Kunsthalle, Memmingen, 27 February - 16 May 2016.

Brown, J. K., 2016. CES, Las Vegas, USA, 6-9 January 2016.


Jurack, J. (curator and exhibiting artist), 2016. Doppelgaenger, Arthouse Lewisham, 17.08.-28.08.2016.

Griffiths, D., 2016. Finding Treblinka: Artists Respond, Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, 6 July - 15 September 2016.

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Büchler, P., 2016. Generosity: On the Art of Giving, The National Gallery, Prague, February - July 2016.

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Jurack, J., Hamshire,C., Cavan, G., 2016. Healthier Together, public billboard in Manchester and Bury and exhibition in Grosvenor Gallery, MMU, 1.11.-11.11.2016.

Moloney, D., 2016. John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Dunn, A. ; Jeck, P., Brunsden,T, Young&Heslop, Jurack, J., 2016. London Road: The Ballad of Ray and Julie, Arthouse Lewisham, 23.11. - 4.12.2016.

Büchler, P., 2016. Never Had an Idea in My Life, Tommy Simoens, Antwerp, May - June 2016.

Moloney, D., 2016. New Works on Paper, A Small View, Liverpool, 2016.

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Büchler, P., 2016. Nothing Happens, Twice, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, February - June 2016.

Osbaldeston, D., 2016. Paint Her to Your Own Mind, Shandy Hall, Laurence Sterne Trust, Coxwold, Yorkshire.

Griffiths, D., 2016. Perpetual Uncertainty - Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden; Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden, 02 Oct 2016 - 27 May 2018.

Brown, J. K., 2016. Solid Works World Show TX, USA,, Dallas, USA., 31 Jan - 3Feb. 2016..

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Osbaldeston, D., 2016. The Practice of Theories, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.

Moloney, D., 2016. ‘The Abject Object', Wimbledon Space, London.

Lacon, A., 2015. After Carl (pt II), Sluice, London.

Lacon, A., 2015. Against Nature, London Art Fair, London.

Lacon, A., 2015. Andrew Lacon (Solo), Edel Assanti, London.

Brown, J. K., 2015. Beyond the Buzz: New Forms, Realities, and Environments in Digital Fabrication, MCAD Main Gallery, Minneapolis, USA, January 20–March 1, 2015.

Lacon, A., 2015. Display Show, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.

Lacon, A., 2015. Division of Labour & Worcester, Worcester City Museum and Gallery.

Osbaldeston, D., 2015. Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London.

Society for Visual Education, 2015, 180 min, performance

Griffiths, D., 2015. Film Material Toast, ToastWillHost, 10-12 April 2015.

Griffiths, D., 2015. Finding Treblinka: Artists Respond, Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka, 2 August 2015 – January 2016.

Osbaldeston, D., 2015. Graphics Interchange Format, Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea.

Büchler, P., 2015. In an Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally, Camberwell Space, London, April-May 2015.

Büchler, P., 2015. Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, November 2015 - March 2016.

Jurack, B., 2015. Localism, MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art), 10.10.2015-7.02.16.

A Modern History

Büchler, P., 2015. Modern History vol. 1, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, April - June 2015.

Osbaldeston, D., 2015. Modern History Volume 1, curated by Lynda Morris, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool.

Osbaldeston, D., 2015. Modern History Volume 2, curated by Lynda Morris, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport.

Osbaldeston, D., 2015. Modern History Volume 3, curated by Lynda Morris, Bury Art Gallery.

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Büchler, P., 2015. Pavel Büchler: (Honest) Work, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, May - July 2015.

Malerisch MalevichWork (All the cigarette breaks, annex14, Zurich, June 2015)

Büchler, P., 2015. Pavel Büchler: Now and Again, annex 14, Zurich, June - July 2015.

Osbaldeston, D., 2015. Plague of Diagrams, ICA, London.

Lacon, A., 2015. Reference Works (collaboration with Stuart Whipps), Guangzhou Library, China.

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Jurack, J., 2015. Sculpture by the sea, Aarhus, Denmark, 5.06.-5.07.2015.

Copsey, R., 2015. See View (Solo), OBJECT / A Manchester, 2015.

Lacon, A., 2015. Studio Capri, Syson Gallery Project Space, Nottingham.

Büchler, P., 2015. The Problem of God, K 21, Dusseldorf, September 2015 - January 2016.

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Osbaldeston, D., 2015. The Top & Bottom of It, Mechanism For a Future Reference, Matt's Gallery, London.

Büchler, P., 2015. Time Out: On Lazing about and Doing Nothing, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, April - July 2015.

Moloney, D., 2015. ‘Exhibition of Irish Art’, Sol Art Gallery, London..

Moloney, D., 2015. ‘Hammersmith Arts Festival’, Austin Forum Arts Centre, London..

Moloney, D., 2015. ‘Kaleidoscopic Eyes’, Austin Forum Arts Centre, London.

Moloney, D., 2015. ‘PhD Exhibition’, Chelsea College of Art, London..

Moloney, D., 2015. ‘There’s a Ghost in my House 2’, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork..

Moloney, D., 2015. ‘Under the Shadow of Natural Things’, Benzie Building, MMU..


Still from video Creations

Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Creations', 16 minute video about artist Barbara Symmons commissioned by RoaR, RoaR Archive, June 9th 2017 Barrignton Farm Art Barn.

Griffiths, D., 2017. 'Deep Field [Unclear Zine]', A microfiche zine about human co-existence with radioactive nuclear waste.

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Brown, J. K., 2017. 'Journey through the centre', 3D printed fine art sculpture FDM, ABS plastic, “Mediated Aesthetics” SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery, Macau, China. 1 3D mono print; FDM, ABS:, 4-8 Dec. 2016.

Brown, J. K., 2016. '3D Colour Print', 3D Colour Print, built on the Mcor IRIS 3D colour printer, Irish Design, Dublin Castle, Ireland., November 2015.

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Brown, J. K., 2016. '3D Colour Print', 3D Print built on the IRIS A4 paper printer, CES, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 6-9 Jan. 2016.

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Brown, J. K., 2016. '3D Colour Print', 3D colour print., Solid Works World Show, Dallas, TX, USA, 31 Jan - 3Feb. 2016.

O'Reilly, O., 2016. 'Depositions', Acrylic on Perspex, London.

Brown, J. K., 2016. 'Sweep_02', 3D Print, SLS, FDM, . “The Third International Digital Sculpture Art Exhibition" Southwestern University, Texas, USA, 04-02-2015.

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Brown, J. K., 2015. '3D Colour Print', 3D Colour Print, built on the Mcor IRIS 3D colour printer, "3D Glitch", International Digital Art Exhibition, Priestman Gallery, Sunderland University, UK, 15 Oct. - 27 Nov. 2015.

Brown, J. K., 2015. 'Cyber Fossils', 3D Integral images, Beyond the Buzz, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, USA, 20-01-2015 --- 01 03-2015.

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Griffiths, D., 2015. 'Deep Field [Looking Squarely Ahead]', 35mm B&W microfilm collage, microfiche reader, 350 x 400 x 350mm.

Song for Coal, installation view Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Rawlinson, I. and Crowe,N, 2015. 'Song for Coal', Digital video, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, January - April 2015.

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O'Reilly, O., 2015. 'The Living Body (Glitch series)', Silkscreen Prints with Graphite and Metal Powders, ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2016 (upcoming).


Jurack, J., Tischler-Wood, A. and Lundeby, A., 2016. 'LOST', Linnean Society London, 29.09.2016.

Society for Visual Education, 2015, 180 min, performance

Griffiths, D., 2015. 'Society for Visual Education', Film Material Toast exhibition, ToastWillHost Manchester, 10 April 2015.


Hartshorne, I. Moloney, D. Quaife, Magnus, 2016. 'Teaching painting', Black Dog, London.

Quaife, M., 2016. 'Teaching painting', Black Dog, London.

Lacon, A., 2015. 'Andrew Lacon', Division of Labour / CTC, Worcester.

Osbaldeston, D. Will Holder. Dr John Russell. Jonathan P Watts, 2015. 'Inflection Sandwich', Onomatopee, Eindhoven.

Book Chapters

Büchler, P., 2016. 'Frames of Reference'. In Luc Tuymans, Glases, 11-14, BAI Publishers, Kontich / MAS, Antwerp.

Wood, J., Hampton, M., Jeffries, B., Foreign Investment and Others, 2016. 'From the unthinkable to the possible'. In Ron Den Daas and Kathy Kenny (eds.) Wild New Territories Portraits of the Urban and the Wild London, Vancouver, Berlin, 36,66, Black Dog Publsihing, London.

Flemingham, S., Butler, D., Webster, C., Rodriguez, S., Hayes, S., Watson,A. , Jurack, B. and Others and Jurack, J., 2016. 'Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University'. In Jo Allan and Sarah Rowles (eds.) Professional Practice: 20 Questions, 25, 413-420, Q-Art publishing.

Journal Articles

Ravetz, A., Grimshaw, A., 2015. 'Drawing with a camera? Ethnographic film and transformative anthropology', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), 21, 20.

Büchler, P., 2015. 'Love and Death: Thomas Sauvin', Source, Issue 83, Summer 2015, 64.

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Osbaldeston, D., 2015. 'Manifesto For a Photocopier', ARTPAPERS, may/June 2015, 6.

Ravetz, A. and Grimshaw, A., 2015. 'The ethnographic turn -- and after: a critical approach toward the realignment of art and anthropology', Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 23 (4).


Griffiths, D., 2017. 'Deep time moles: art and archiving for an uncertain radiological future', European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna Center, 27 April 2017.

Branthwaite, M. Griffiths, D. and Sturdy Colls, C., 2017. 'Finding Treblinka: artistic responses to forensic evidence', Dead body politics, materialities and mobilities (ESRC Seminar Series 'Encountering Corpses'), Manchester Metropolitan University, 18 March 2016.

Griffiths, D., 2017. 'Interdisciplinary learning through the teaching of science and art', European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna Center, 27 April 2017, in

Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Keynote: Art, Anthropology and the Margins', Ways of doing, Ways of being: artistic practices in and with anthropology, National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon, 9-10 March 2017, in CRIA – Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia..

Griffiths, D., 2017. 'Sensing Mol: a deep-time fiction of nuclear inheritance', Nuclear Scholarship in the Humanities, Liverpool University, UK, 20-21 Apr 2017.

Griffiths, D., 2016. 'Deep field microfiche', Art and Deep Time Radiation, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, 19 November 2016.

Griffiths, D., 2015. 'Extinction Event [GRB130313A]: the expanded photograph as cosmographic fragment', New Forms for a Philosophy of Film, Manchester Metropolitan University, 19-20 July.

Büchler, P., 2015. 'No Nonsense', In an Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally, Camberwell College of Arts, London, April 2015.

Other Outputs

Jurack, J., 2016. 'Liverpool Provications', digital art work (animated text).

Lacon, A., 2016. 'Radical Sabbatical', Residency supported by University of Birmingham and Eastside Projects.

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Jurack, J., 2016. 'Translating the street', curation and commissioning of 3 micro residencies.

Ravetz, A. Douglas, A, Genever, K. Baraclough, J. and Carney, M., 2015. 'Drawing Paper 8', Drawing Paper is distributed free to galleries around the UK. THis edition is about drawing as connecting..

Griffiths, D., 2015. 'Film Material at BEEF', 7-11 September - artists residency, workshop, critical forum and expanded film performances.

Lacon, A., 2015. 'SOMA Artist in Residence, Mexico', Research Residency supported by Grand Union, Birmingham and British Council.

Ravetz, A. and Wright, L., 2015. 'Validation beyond the gallery: How do artists working outside of the gallery system receive validation of their practice? A qualitative study', A research report conducted for Axisweb.