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The Unceasing - David Osbaldeston

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
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, 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

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.

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


Bonnell, S., 2020. Feast for the Eyes, The Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden, 29/2/2020 - 10/5/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. 209 Women, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 1/3/2019 - 30/4/2019.

Michalski, M., Tecklenberg, P., Livanis, D., Ajerman, M., Napier, L., Rochford, M., 2019. 40 Celcius, Croydon Art House, 16/11/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Beyond the Camera VI, The Diesel Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

White, B., Simpson, E., 2019. Eileen Simpson and Ben White: Open Music Archive, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (UK), 14/6/2019 - 18/8/2019.

Quaife, M., 2019. Expanded Painting in Context, Contemporary Forward, Touchstones, Rochdale, 5/5/2019 - 30/6/2018.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, The Photographers Gallery, London, 18/10/2019 - 9/2/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Feast for the Eyes, CO Berlin, Germany, 8/6/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Hartshorne, I., 2019. fully awake - six part exhibition cycle, various, 5/4/2019 - 1/5/2020.

Bonnell, S., 2019. JUMP! curated by Sian Bonnell, LOOK Biennial of Photography, The Gallery, Liverpool, 4/10/2019 - 27/10/2019.

Jurack, B., 2019. Scavengers 2, Cheeseburn Sculpture Park, 6/5/2019 - 1/9/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Sian Bonnell, The Secret Life of Trestles, The Cotton Factory, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Ancient City, Shanxi, China, 19/9/2019 - 25/9/2019.

Quaife, M., 2019. Thomas Bell Ale, Portland Basin Museum, 30/1/2019.

Jurack, B., 2019. Translating The Street, Alternator Studio and Project Space, 1/1/2019 - 13/4/2019.

Bonnell, S., 2019. Video del Giorno: Sian Bonnell Excerpts from Luda, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy, 4/10/2019 - 4/12/2019.


Copsey, R., 2020. 'Erosion 3', UK.

Copsey, R., 2020. 'Paintscape 20', Russia.

Copsey, R., 2020. 'Paintscape20', UK.

Copsey, R., 2020. 'Untitled 2014', Moldova.

Copsey, R., 2020. 'Untitled2014', Moldova.

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O'Reilly, O., 2019. 'Hostile Environment', ASC Gallery, London.


Jurack, B., Tischler-Wood, A., Foreign, I., 2019. 'Happy Hour', Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art, 10/10/2019.


Bonnell, S., 2019. '209 Women', Bluecoat Press.

Osbaldeston, D., 2019. 'Communication', Wiley.

Townsend, P., 2019. 'Creative States of Mind Psychoanalysis and the Artist's Process', Routledge.

Book Chapters

Ravetz, A., Kettle, A., Felcey, H., 2020. 'In the Bee Hive: Valuing Craft in the Creative Industries'. In Blain, M., Minors, HJ. (eds.) Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration, Palgrave.

Journal Articles

Grimshaw, A., Ravetz, A., 2020. 'Desenhar com uma câmera? Filme etnográfico e antropologia transformadora', GIS - Gesto, Imagem e Som - Revista de Antropologia, 6 (1).

Roy, A., Ravetz, A., Prest, M., 2020. 'Unsettling Narrative(s): Film Making as an Anthropological Lens on an Artist-Led Project Exploring LGBT Recovery from Substance Use', Anthropological Notebooks, 26.

Ravetz, A., 2019. 'On Reverie, Collaboration, and Recovery', Collaborative Anthropologies, 10 (1), pp. 45-66.

Illingworth, S., Griffiths, D., 2019. 'SciArt: Teaching Across the Interface', Eos, 100.

Conference Papers

Jurack, B., 2019. 'Living Heritage - Translating the street - the sewing awl and cobblers anvil', Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, Newcastle University, UK, 29/7/2019 - 30/7/2019.

Other Outputs

Simpson, ES., White, B., 2021. 'Auditory Learning'.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. 'Flights of Passage by Sutapa Biswas. Part of RadioCity2014/15, Tate Britain'.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. 'Mixed Bathing World 2015 Triennial'.

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White, B., Simpson, E., 2019. 'Everything I Have Is Yours'.

Quaife, M., Hartshorne, I., 2019. 'Teaching painting: An organisation'.