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.
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
- 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, Sophie Benson, Rick Copsey, Jo Lansley, Professor Keith Brown, 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
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.
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.
- Brigitte Jurack
Research Group Leader
- Sophie Benson
Director of Studies
Department of Art
- Jon Biddulph
Senior Lecturer, Erasmus Coordinator BA (Hons) Interactive Arts
- Sutapa Biswas
Dept of Art
- Dr Sian Bonnell
Reader in Photography
Research Professor, Director of Art & Digital Technologies
- Rick Copsey
Programme Leader, Art Theory and Practice
- Dave Griffiths
Dept of Art
- Ian Hartshorne
Subject Leader Painting and Print Media
- Andrew Lacon
Dept of Art
- Jo Lansley
Dept of Art
- Ella McCartney
Dept of Art
- Oran O'Reilly
Programme Leader BA (Hons) Fine Art
- David Osbaldeston
Reader in Art
- Dr Magnus Quaife
Dept of Art
School of Art
- Ian Rawlinson
Dept of Art
- Eileen Simpson
Dept of Art
- Jo Vickers
Programme Leader - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Exhibitions & Publications
Bonnell, SL., 2017. Beyond The Camera 4, The Diesel Factory A2, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Ancient City, Shanxi Province, China, 19/9/2017.
Osbaldeston, D., 2017. Drawing Biennial 2017, The Drawing Room, 02.03.17-26.04.17.
Lacon, A., Kaur, J., 2017. Fugazi, Division of Labour, London, 6/4/2017.
Lavender, J., 2017. Jack Lavender Stones, Recent Activity, 16/6/2017 - 22/7/2017.
Freije, K., 2017. Kira FreijeThe Dark Away, Recent Activity, 22/4/2017 - 27/5/2017.
Bull, L., Cordwell, P., Denyer, L., Dorsett, C., Doyle, J., Edmundson, S., Giovanelli, L., Harris, R., Hartshorne, I., Hawtin, C., Hemmersbach, L., Lawley, C., Meganity, R., Moloney, D., Mountford, B., Penlington, S., Topoloewski, R., 2017. Menzel's Foot, P.S.Mirabel, 18/5/2017.
Frost, A., 2017. Nomadic Vitrine: Alex Frost, The Royal standard, 26/5/2017 - 22/6/2017.
McCartney, EMF., 2017. On Cold Spring Lane, Assembly Point Gallery, London, 7/7/2017.
McCartney, EMF., 2017. Participating artists: Sung Tieu & Kadeem Oak, Alana Lake, Jessy Jetpacks, Ella McCartney, Deborah Olakigbe, Wanda Wieser, Richard Lockett, Fani Parali, Carina Brand, Gery Georgieva and Will Pham., The Royal Academy of Art, 4/3/2017.
Osbaldeston, D., 2017. Public View, Bluecoat Gallery, 28.01.17-09.04.17.
Willats, S., Shrigley, D., Ortiz, D., Sherry, D., Gibney, A., Beech, A., Busch, B., Kelly, F., Trakilovic, M., Fahimi, S., 2017. The Dispersed Gallery, Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Middlesbrough Gallery of Contemporary Art, 19/5/2017.
McCartney, EMC., 2017. The Science of Imaginary Solutions, Breese Little Gallery, 10/6/2017.
McCartney, EMF., 2017. To Act To Know To Be, Lychee One Gallery, 10/3/2017.
Hartshorne, I., 2016. 2017 'new work, old ideas' Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich 2017, Feb 12 - Mar 20, 2017.
Lacon, AP., Cross, D., Cornford, M., O'Doherty, B., Berger, C., James, N., Masding, J., Nove Josserand, F., Orr, JF., Popova, Y., Leonavicius, S., Wade, G., 2016. After, Division of Labour, 20/10/2016.
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.
Crowe, N., Bani, A., Abraham, A., Aubry, G., Baloch, J., 2016. digging deep, crossing far, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin; Alhamra Arts Center, Lahore, 10/9/2016.
Jurack, B., 2016. Doppelgänger, Lewisham Arthouse, London, 17/8/2016 - 28/8/2016.
Griffiths, D., 2016. Finding Treblinka: Artists Respond, Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, 6 July - 15 September 2016.
Rawlinson, IJ., Crowe, N., 2016. Follow our Orders / Befolgen Sie unsere Befhele, Kunsthalle Memmingen, 27/2/2016 - 16/5/2016.
Jurack, B., 2016. FOUR WORDS, Media Wall, Liverpool, 20/1/2016 - 20/1/2016.
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.
Jurack, B., 2016. Healthier Together-Exploring public perceptions of Greater Manchester Devolution, Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester, 3/11/2016 - 11/11/2016.
Edwards, S., 2016. Historic Activity | Recent Activity, School of Art, Birmingham City University, 22/11/2016 - 29/11/2016.
Lacon, A., Masding, J., Gillespie, A., 2016. Image Music Text, IMT, 2/9/2016.
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.
Crowe, N., Acord, J., Mabb, D., Thomson & Craighead, JA., Schuppli, S., Kobayashi, E., 2016. Material Nuclear Culture, Karst, Plymouth, 17/6/2016 - 13/8/2016.
Bennington, M., Bouguerch, S., Causic, M., Chance, V., Daskalov, R., Dowd, D., Dzhurayeva, O., Francis, N., Ratcliffe, A., Kumar, N., 2016. Neo Print Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton, 25/8/2016.
Ackroyd, R., 2016. Nomadic Vitrine: Rebecca Ackroyd, Eastside Projects, 1/8/2016 - 5/8/2016.
Giles, I., 2016. On the way to Language, University of Birmingham, 1/12/2016.
Osbaldeston, D., 2016. Paint Her to Your Own Mind, Shandy Hall, Laurence Sterne Trust, Coxwold, Yorkshire.
Crowe, N., Acord, J., Autogena, L., Griffiths, D., Rawlinson, I., Schuppli, S., Weir, A., Treister, S., Williams, R., Mabb, D., Popova, Y., Takeuchi, K., Hashimoto, I., Massart, C., 2016. Perpetual Uncertainty - Contemporary Art in the Nuclear Anthropocene, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden; Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden, 2/10/2016 - 27/5/2018.
Lacon, AP., Mealor, A., Lee, S., Lavender, J., Gillespie, A., Bloor, S., Bloor, T., Blackett, H., Kirkham, R., Essen, M., Adam, V., 2016. Sculpture Garden, Recent Activity, 25/6/2016.
Brown, J. K., 2016. Solid Works World Show TX, USA,, Dallas, USA., 31 Jan - 3Feb. 2016..
Jurack, B., Dunn, A., Jeck, P., Young, J., 2016. The ballad of RAY + JULIE, Lewisham Arthouse, London, 23/11/2016 - 4/12/2016.
Osbaldeston, D., 2016. The Practice of Theories, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.
Jurack, B., Young, J., Offeh, H., 2016. Translating the street, Alternator Studio, 5/3/2016 - 5/3/2016.
Sutherland, O., 2016. Untitled (Loosing It), K4 Architect, 2/11/2016 - 18/11/2016.
Jurack, B., Tischler-Wood, A., 2016. Wild New Territories: LOST by Foreign Investment, The Linnean Society Burlington House Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF, 29/9/2016 - 29/9/2016.
Copsey, RA., 2018. '"Untitled" Oil on Linen, 25 cms x 25 cms, 2014', Moldova.
Copsey, RA., 2018. ''Paintscape 17', 2014, 50 cms x 50 cms, 2014 exhibited as a part of 'Sublime', Puskinskaya-10 Arts Centre, St Petersburg, Russia.', Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Lansley, J., 2017. 'Black - Rock', Joya: arte + ecología, La Hoya de Carrascal, 04830 Vélez Blanco, Almería, Spain.
Benson, S., 2017. 'Boundary', Long & Ryle Gallery, London.
Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Creations', 16 minute video about artist Barbara Symmons commissioned by RoaR, RoaR Archive, June 9th 2017 Barrignton Farm Art Barn.
Vickers, JP., 2017. 'Inhabitant Series', St Ann's Square & Albert Square, Manchester.
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.
Rawlinson, IJ., Crowe, N., Ilzetzky, O., 2017. 'Song for Armageddon', Baltic, Centre for Contemporary Art.
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.
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.
Brown, J. K., 2016. '3D Colour Print', 3D colour print., Solid Works World Show, Dallas, TX, USA, 31 Jan - 3Feb. 2016.
Griffiths, DA., 2016. 'Deep Field [Unclear Zine]', Manchester.
O'Reilly, O., 2016. 'Depositions', Acrylic on Perspex, London.
Brown, JK., 2016. 'Exploring relationships between, image and surface, object and form, through investigating novel ways of applying imagery to sculptural objects, created in the cyber environment and made manifest through 3D printing.', Mcor Technologies.
Brown, JK., 2016. 'Journey through the centre', SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery Macao China.
Brown, J. K., 2016. 'Sweep_02', 3D Print, SLS, FDM, . “The Third International Digital Sculpture Art Exhibition" Southwestern University, Texas, USA, 04-02-2015.
Ravetz, A., 2016. 'Wonderland: the art of becoming human', Manchester.
Jurack, J., Tischler-Wood, A. and Lundeby, A., 2016. 'LOST', Linnean Society London, 29.09.2016.
Hartshorne, I., Moloney, D., Quaife, M., 2017. 'Teaching Painting How Can Painting Be Taught in Art Schools?', Black Dog Publishing.
Foreign Investment, Kenny, K., den Daas, R., 2017. 'Wild New Territories', Black Dog.
Hartshorne, I. Moloney, D. Quaife, Magnus, 2016. 'Teaching painting', Black Dog, London.
Quaife, M., 2016. 'Teaching painting', Black Dog, London.
Carpenter, E., 2016. 'The Nuclear Culture Source Book', Black Dog Publishing.
Sturdy Colls, C., Branthwaite, M., 2016. 'Treblinka: Archaeological Investigations & Artistic Responses', Stoke: Centre of Archaeology, Stoke, UK.
Pahl, K., Escott, H., Graham, H., Marwood, K., Pool, S., Ravetz, A., 2017. 'What is the role of artists in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with universities and communities?'. In Valuing Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research: Beyond Impact, pp. 131-152.
Griffiths, DA., Illingworth, S., Girling, M., 2016. 'Deep time moles: an interdisciplinary approach to geological archiving'. In Toland, A. (eds.) Field to Palette: the Soil Art Dialogues, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FLA United States.
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.
Jurack, B., Rowles, S., 2016. 'Interview on Professional Practice: 20 Questions'. In PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 20 Questions.
Bonnell, SL., 2016. 'Lessons From The Audience'. In Photographers and Research: The role of research in contemporary photographic practice, Routledge, Oxford & Routledge, New York.
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.
Ravetz, J., Ravetz, A., 2017. 'Seeing the wood for the trees: Social Science 3.0 and the role of visual thinking', Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 30 (1), pp. 104-120.
Griffiths, DA., Illingworth, S., Girling, M., 2017. 'Deep time moles: art and archiving for an uncertain radiological future', European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna.
Griffiths, D., 2017. 'Sensing Mol: a deep-time fiction of nuclear inheritance', Nuclear Scholarship in the Humanities, Liverpool University, UK, 20/4/2017 - 21/4/2017.
Griffiths, DA., Sturdy Colls, C., Branthwaite, M., 2016. 'Finding Treblinka: artistic responses to forensic evidence', Dead body politics, materialities and mobilities (ESRC Seminar Series 'Encountering Corpses'), Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.
Griffiths, D., 2017. 'Interdisciplinary learning through the teaching of science and art', European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna Center, 27 April 2017, in http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-5150.pdf.
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..
Benson, S., 2017. 'The Expectation of the Image, the Surface of the Illusion', University of Porto, Faculty of Fine Arts.
Griffiths, DA., Schuppli, S., Van Wyck, P., Thomson, J., Craighead, A., Swahn, J., Carpenter, E., Berger, E., Keto, M., Schroeder, J., 2016. 'Art and Deep Time Radiation', Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden.
Griffiths, D., 2016. 'Deep field microfiche', Art and Deep Time Radiation, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, 19 November 2016.
Griffiths, DA., Illingworth, S., Verran, J., Carpenter, A., 2017. 'Interdisciplinary learning through the teaching of science and art', European Geosciences Union General Assembly.
Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2018. 'Flights of Passage by Sutapa Biswas. Part of RadioCity2014/15, Tate Britain'.
Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2018. 'Mixed Bathing World 2015 Triennial'.
hartshorne, I., 2017. 'Fully Awake'.
Hartshorne, I, 2017. 'Teaching Painting'.
Jurack, J., 2016. 'Liverpool Provications', digital art work (animated text).
Lacon, A., 2016. 'Radical Sabbatical', Residency supported by University of Birmingham and Eastside Projects.
Jurack, J., 2016. 'Translating the street', curation and commissioning of 3 micro residencies.