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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
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., 2019. ...on making, Gdansk Gallery of Photography, the National Museum, Gdansk in Poland, 15/3/2019 - 9/6/2019.

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

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

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

Quaife, M., 2019. While England Mourns, Contemporary Forward, Touchstones, Rochdale, 5/5/2019 - 30/6/2018.

Hartshorne, I., 2018. fully awake, Fully Awake 3.6; Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, 3/9/18 --14/9/18, 3/9/2018.

Jurack, B., 2018. Oxton Rock, Williamson Art Gallery , Birkenhead, 12/7/2018 - 15/10/2018.

Simpson, E., White, B., 2018. Play it Again! Use it Together, Victoria Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool, 9/2018.

Jurack, B., 2018. Scavenger (Part1), Liverpool Independent Biennial, 12/7/2018 - 4/10/2018.

Jurack, B., Tierney, L., Woods, E., Kalungi, I., 2018. Scavengers, Independent Biennial Liverpool, 26/7/2018.

Hartshorne, I., 2018. Teaching Painting: An organisation, Manchester School of Art.

Osbaldeston, D., 2018. The Serving Library V David Osbaldeston, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, 1/11/2018.

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

Jurack, B., Buechler, P., Weiner, L., Lemke, H., Koppany, M., Beaulieu, D., Eigenheer, M., 2017. Foreigners, Bury Art Museum, 26/8/2017 - 18/11/2017.

Fragments, DCA 2018

Lacon, A., 2017. Fragments, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 9/12/2017 - 25/2/2018.

Stack (after Mexico), 2017

Lacon, A., Kaur, J., 2017. Fugazi, Division of Labour, London, 6/4/2017.

Hartshorne, I., 2017. fully awake, Fully Awake 2.6; House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, 4/11/17/ - 19/11/17, 4/11/2017.

Hartshorne, I., 2017. Fully Awake, Fully Awake 1.6; Blip Blip Blip gallery, Leeds, 5/4/17 - 21/4/17, 5/4/2017.

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.

Griffiths, D., 2017. Material-Microtopia, Manchester Science Festival, 28/10/2017.

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.

Jurack, B., Osbaldeston, D., Rooney, P., 2017. Public View, Bluecoat Contemporary Art Centre, Liverpool, 4/2/2017 - 23/4/2017.

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.


Copsey, R., 2019. 'Erosion 3', UK.

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

Copsey, R., 2019. 'Paintscape 20 (resubmission)', Russia.

Copsey, R., 2019. 'Paintscape20', UK.

Copsey, R., 2019. 'Untitled 2014 (resubmission)', Moldova.

Copsey, R., 2019. 'Untitled2014', Moldova.

Lacon, A., 2018. 'Fragment', Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland.

O'Reilly, O., 2018. 'Fragments'.

Jurack, B., 2018. 'Monkey Business', FILET , A space for experimental art production, London.

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.

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.

O'Reilly, O., 2017. 'Drifters'.

Vickers, JP., 2017. 'Inhabitant Series', St Ann's Square & Albert Square, Manchester.

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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.

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Ravetz, A., Wahl, H., 2017. 'My Recoverist Family', Manchester.

Rawlinson, IJ., Crowe, N., Ilzetzky, O., 2017. 'Song for Armageddon', Baltic, Centre for Contemporary Art.



Lacon, A., Dara, E., Hammonds, K., 2017. 'Fragments', Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland.

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.

Book Chapters

Ravetz, A., Kettle, A., Felcey, H., 2019. 'In the Bee Hive: Valuing Craft in the Creative Industries'. In Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration, Palgrave.

Griffiths, DA., Illingworth, S., Girling, M., 2018. 'Deep time moles: an interdisciplinary approach to geological archiving'. In Toland, A., Stratton Noller, J., Wessoleck, G. (eds.) Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene, Bota Racon: CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, United States.

McCartney, E., 2018. 'Movement as Translation: Dancers in Dialogue'. In Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders Intersemiotic Journeys between Media, Palgrave Macmillan.

Osbaldeston, D., 2018. 'The Serving Library Annual 2018/19'. In The Serving Library Annual, Roma Publications.

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.

Journal Articles

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.

McCartney, E., Lake, F., 2018. '"It was just too much": Exploring the learner's experience in Fine Art crits', Learning and Teaching in Action, 13 (1), pp. 49-68.

Ravetz, A., Gregory, H., 2018. 'Black gold: trustworthiness in artistic research (seen from the sidelines of arts and health)', Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 3-4 (43), pp. 348-371.

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.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Biggs, B., 2017. 'A brief overview of Public View',

adm, 2017. 'Bluecoat: Public View',

Pinnington, M., 2017. 'Public View', Art Monthly England, 405 (April 17), pp. 30-31.

Conference Papers

Griffiths, D., 2018. 'Microtopia: sensing and renarrating Belgian nuclear materiality', Urban Matters: 9th Annual Conference on the New Materialisms, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University, 20/6/2018 - 22/6/2018.

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. '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..

Benson, S., 2017. 'The Expectation of the Image, the Surface of the Illusion', University of Porto, Faculty of Fine Arts.


Griffiths, DA., Illingworth, S., Verran, J., Carpenter, A., 2017. 'Interdisciplinary learning through the teaching of science and art', European Geosciences Union General Assembly.

Other Outputs

Simpson, ES., White, B., 2019. 'Auditory Learning'.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2019. 'Flights of Passage by Sutapa Biswas. Part of RadioCity2014/15, Tate Britain'.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2019. 'Mixed Bathing World 2015 Triennial'.

Quaife, M., Hartshorne, I., 2018. 'Teaching painting: An organisation'.

Lacon, A., Hammonds, K., Dara, E., 2017. 'Fragments'.

Dunn, A., Jurack, B., Morris, S., Potter, C., Worth, Z., Wood, J., Walker, N., Offeh, H., 2017. 'Hard to Read..... four words'.

Hartshorne, I, 2017. 'Teaching Painting'.

Hartshorne, I., Quaife, M., 2017. 'Teaching Painting 'An organisation''.