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Art and Performance
Research Hub

Embracing, interrogating and responding to contemporary and historical issues through art and performance research.

The Art and Performance Research Hub brings practice- and text-based research together. We work locally and internationally through exhibitions, seminars, conferences, screenings, events, performances and publishing. Our models for creative and critical practice include everything from performer training to curating.

We also investigate art and performance through theoretical and historical writing about performance, painting, photography, printing, drawing, dramaturgy, screen art (including performance), sculpture and time-based arts.

Our work takes place in the public realm, locally and internationally, through exhibitions, seminars, conferences, screenings, events, performances and publishing. We contribute to the overall research culture and expertise at Manchester School of Art through the local and international profiles of our staff.

How we work

We develop and share internationally acclaimed digital media and performance. We recognise and embrace the importance of individual practice, as well as collaborative and inter- and trans-disciplinary work.

Our historical and contemporary research alike is relevant to socially engaged art practices. Challenging the boundaries of real and virtual sites allows us to examine both digital and analogue art and performance across platforms and realities.

We welcome new technologies and methodologies as well as cross-disciplinary collaborations with academic and non-academic partners worldwide. We also provide specific expertise and knowledge in digital materials and processes, as well as analogue media such as micro-fiches, slides, vinyl and film.

We’ve embraced new ways of making and disseminating our work online. The rich and innovative approaches to our research we’ve developed recently have led to rich and innovative pedagogy.

We lead and contribute to the postgraduate research student environment through seminars, lectures, roundtables, research training and research supervision. We also work collectively and across disciplines within the wider University ecology.

Research Focus

The Art and Performance Research Hub explores contemporary issues through rigorous intellectual research themes, including:

  • archives, museums, cultural heritage and domestic histories
  • power, politics, protest, site and communities
  • arts and health, social practice, policy and law
  • simulation, materiality, identity, fiction of the image
  • composition, dramaturgy, laboratory training
  • embodiment, gender and histories of practice

Selected Projects

Understanding how Britains religious communities adapted during — and responded to — the COVID-19 pandemic.

Improving equality, diversity and inclusion in partnership with social artists, audiences and policy makers.

Exploring and celebrating Asian cultures in Manchester and beyond through a community of international artists and events.

A space for critical encounters, presentations, provocation and dialogue.

Members and Associate Members

Exhibitions & Publications


Bal, G., 2023. Curatorial: Power as the Basis of Right, MuseumsQuartier Wien, 12/11/2023.

Hunt, A., Casser, A., Balgiu, A., 2023. Ilse Garnier: a e i o u / Concrete Experience, Badischer Kunstverein, 10/2/2023 - 16/4/2023.

Hunt, A., 2023. Louise Giovanelli 'Always Different, Always the Same', Moon Grove, 23/2/2023 - 16/4/2023.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2023. Mixed Bathing World 2015 Triennial.

Hunt, A., 2023. Natalie Curtis 'Because I Want Nothing', Moon Grove, 2/11/2023 - 23/12/2023.

Hunt, A., 2023. Patrick Hartigan 'A Clay Hand', Moon Grove, 11/5/2023 - 8/7/2023.

Lacon, A., 2023. Sala Taller, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, 3/4/2023 - 30/6/2023.

Ali, L., 2023. Tampered Surface Six Artists from Pakistan : an Exhibition of Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking, Photography and Mixed Media.

Hunt, A., 2022. Behrang Karimi Rotpeter: 'Bild eines zur Dressur gezwungenen', Moon Grove, 20/5/2022 - 15/7/2022.

Hunt, A., Osbaldeston, D., 2022. David Osbaldeston 'A Pastiche of Different Techniques', Moon Grove, 24/11/2022 - 25/1/2023.

Warstat, A., Mock, J., 2022. S'attarder et regarder, ensemble et séparément - la photographie de Gavin Parry (Lingering and looking, together and apart - the photography of Gavin Parry), Maison Louis-Jardin du Mesnil-sur-Oger, Médiathèques Simone-Veil et Daniel-Rondeau d'Epernay, 17/9/2022 - 2/10/2022.

Brennan, T., Brennan, T., 2022. Waking ????????, Athens Digital Arts Festival and Primarolia Arts Festival, 22/3/2022 - 11/9/2022.

Mitha, A., 2022. Where is Home, Whitworth art gallery, 12/8/2022 - 26/2/2023.

Mitha, A., 2021. EART - A MANIFESTO OF POSSIBILITIES - CURATED BY ALNOOR MITHA, Manchester International festival various public sites, 1/7/2021 - 18/7/2021.

Hunt, A., Semeiko, A., 2021. Emotionarama, PEER, 20/8/2021 - 28/8/2021.

Loveless, N., Caulfield, S., Koski, K., Fisher, C., Mahon, P., Alvaer, J., Hou, A., Hoffman, S., Holst, J., Humphrey, A., Tonoyan, M., Kwon, VS-Y., 2021. Immune Nations, McMaster Museum of Art, Canada, 14/9/2021 - 10/12/2021.

Biswas, S., Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. Lumen: Sutapa Biswas, Kettle's Yard, 16/10/2021 - 30/1/2022.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2021. Lumen: Sutapa Biswas, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, 26/6/2021 - 20/3/2022.


Copsey, R., 2023. 'Erosion 3', UK.

Copsey, R., 2023. 'Paintscape 20', Russia.

Copsey, R., 2023. 'Paintscape20', UK.

Copsey, R., 2023. 'Untitled 2014', Moldova.

Copsey, R., 2023. 'Untitled2014', Moldova.

Atkinson, L-J., 2022. 'Lino LAB'.


Spiers, A., Oshodi, M., 2023. 'Flatland', Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, 4/5/2015.

Stinton, C., Jetzer, C., McGarrigle, C., Muir, H., 2023. 'Liturgie', The Place, London as part of Tete a Tete Opera Festival, 25/7/2017.

Pinchbeck, M., 2023. 'Sit with us for a moment and remember', Nottingham Lakeside Arts, 1/7/2021.

Pinchbeck, M., 2023. 'Talking Trees / ??/??', University of Nottingham Botanical Garden, 1/6/2021.

Lo, L., Pinchbeck, M., 2023. 'Talking Trees / ??/??', University of Nottingham Botanical Garden, 1/7/2022.

Campbell, P., 2021. 'The Affective Dramaturgy of Voice'.


Pinchbeck, M., Babbage, F., 2026. 'Ways of Staging: The Berger and Mohr Trilogy', Intellect.

Pinchbeck, M., Smith, O., 2024. 'Following the Score: The Ravel Trilogy', Intellect, Bristol.

Edelman, J., Szabó, A., Toome, H-L., Wilders, ML., Zijlstra, A., 2024. 'Studying European Theatre Audiences: The STEP City Study', Routledge, London.

Power, J., 2023. 'Jess Power 'UFOs'', Slimvolume.

Hunt, A., Chilver, J., 2023. 'Journal of Contemporary Painting Volume 8 Numbers 1 & 2. Special Issue 'Minor Painting: Outsiders and Outliers'', Intellect Journals.

Hunt, A., Giovanelli, L., 2023. 'Louise Giovanelli 'Always Different, Always the Same'', Slimvolume.

Büchler, P., 2023. 'Pavel Büchler Variable Pieces: Letterpress prints 2011-2023', Slimvolume.

Jurack, B., 2023. 'Pull Clay', Bluecoat Centre for Contemporary Art, Liverpool.

Hunt, A., 2023. 'Rick Buckley Under a grey blanket Berlin, 9.-19.11.1984 Old World Apes', Slimvolume.

Hunt, A., Lebahn, D., Römer, S., 2022. 'All Go Rhythm - This is a Free Concert', Slimvolume.

Hunt, A., Fry, J., Stanley, B., Haines, L., 2022. 'James Fry 'A Licence to Rock and Pop: An Inventory of Attitude'', Slimvolume.

Reason, M., Conner, L., Johanson, K., Walmsley, B., 2022. 'Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts', Routledge.

Hunt, A., Evans, C., Potter, CR., 2022. 'Sudden Wealth with Roy Claire Potter', Slimvolume.

Turner, J., Campbell, P., 2021. 'A Poetics of Third Theatre Performer Training, Dramaturgy, Cultural Action', Perspectives on Performer Training, London.

Hunt, A., Holden, A., Woolcott, T., 2021. 'Andy Holden, Collected Free Labour: Blog Interviews 2010-2021', Slimvolume.

Hunt, A., Lewisohn, C., 2021. 'Cedar Lewisohn The Seven Plagues of Seven Angels', Slimvolume.

Kennedy-Schtyk, B., 2021. 'Imaging Migration in Post-War Britain', Routledge.

Gladston, P., Kennedy-Schtyk, B., Turner, M., 2021. 'Introduction', Springer Singapore.

Hunt, A., Dag Holmboe, R., Allan, S., 2021. 'Nicol Allan: Collages', Slimvolume.

Pikes, M., Campbell, P., 2021. 'Owning Our Voices Vocal Discovery in the Wolfsohn-Hart Tradition', Routledge.

Ridinghouse, 2021. 'Sutapa Biswas Lumen'.

Gladston, P., Kennedy-Schtyk, B., Turner, M., 2021. 'Visual Culture Wars at the Borders of Contemporary China Art, Design, Film, New Media and the Prospects of "Post-West" Contemporaneity', Palgrave Macmillan.

Jurack, B., 2021. 'What's left behind', Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.

Book Chapters

Egan, K., 2024. 'A Score of a Score of a Score: examining concerto through Ravel's composition'. In Pinchbeck, M., Smith, O. (eds.) Following the Score: The Ravel Trilogy, Intellect.

Lineham, M., 2024. 'Between Illumination and Darkness: Blackpool's Contemporary Amusement Arcade Atmosphere'. In Steadman, C., Coffin, J. (eds.) Consuming Atmospheres: Designing, Experiencing, and Researching Atmospheres in Consumption Spaces, pp. 107-121, Routledge, London.

Pinchbeck, M., 2023. 'A dance of absence: (in)visible dramaturgies within A Duet Without You'. In Dechery, C. (eds.) Performing collaboration in solo performance: A Duet Without You and practice-as-research, Intellect, Bristol.

Child, D., Weeks, H., Grey, K., 2023. 'Civic Responsibility in Times of Crisis: Museums and Galleries in Northern England during the Covid-19 Pandemic'. In Pandemic Culture, Manchester University Press.

Barber, F., 2023. 'Women in Long Kesh/Maze prison'. In McAtackney, L., Ó Catháin, M. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of the Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace, pp. 277-288, Routledge.

Baynton, R., Pinchbeck, M., 2022. 'Co-creation'. In Reason, M., Conner, L., Johanson, K., Walmsley, B. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts, pp. 409-417, Routledge, London.

Hunt, A., 2022. 'Elizabeth MaGill'. In Elizabeth Magill: Flag Iris, Miles McEnery Gallery.

Child, D., 2021. ''Invisble Hands': Perceiving Labour in Contemporary Art'. In Sonsbeek20->24 Force Times Distance Reader #1:On Labour, Archive Books.

Gladston, P., Kennedy-Schtyk, B., 2021. 'Rendering Frontiers: From China's Historical Dynastic-Imperial to Modern Republican Borders and the Changing Significances of Chinese Art'. In Visual Culture Wars at the Borders of Contemporary China, pp. 105-130, Springer Singapore.

Faulkner, S., Guy, H., Vis, F., 2021. 'Right-wing populism, visual disinformation, and Brexit: From the UKIP 'Breaking Point' poster to the aftermath of the London Westminster bridge attack'. In The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism, pp. 198-208, Routledge.

Edelman, J., 2021. 'Sacred space and occupation as protest: Jonathan Z. Smith and occupy wall street'. In Performances of Sacred Places: Crossing, Breathing, Resisting, pp. 192-206.


BBC Radio 4, 2022. 'Taxi Drivers'.


Maples, H., Edelman, J., FitzGibbon, A., Harris, L., Klich, R., Tartoff, K., Young, A., 2022. 'Freelancers in the Dark: the economic, cultural, and social impacts of Covid-19 on theatre freelancers', University of Essex.

Edelman, J., Vincent, A., O'Keeffe, E., Kolata, P., Minott, MA., Steurzenhofecker, K., Bailey, J., Roding Pemberton, C., Lowe, D., 2021. 'British Ritual Innovation under COVID-19', Manchester Metropolitan University.

Child, D., 2021. 'Culture in Crisis: Impacts of Covid-19 on the UK Cultural Sector and Where We Go From Here'.

Internet Publications

Child, D., Gray, K., Weeks, H., Wright, J., 2021. 'Why Digital Isn't Enough',

Journal Articles

Babbage, F., Pinchbeck, M., 2023. 'Acts of Unsettling: An Immersive Adaptation of Berger and Mohr's A Seventh Man', Arts, 12 (2), pp. 50-50.

Hunt, A., 2023. 'Hannah Starkey', Artforum International, April 2023.

Pinchbeck, M., 2023. 'Leaving a space to listen: Working with John Berger on Another Way of Telling', Études Britanniques Contemporaines.

Singleton, H., 2023. 'On the Hill: Representations and retellings of the Pendle Witches' history within the rural landscape of Lancashire, England', Revenant, TBC (Forthcoming).

Hunt, A., 2023. 'Pam Glick', Artforum International, November 2023.

Genc, EA., Kennedy-Schtyk, B., Miles, S., 2023. 'Reimagining the cultural impact of neoliberalism: an analysis of Istanbul and Liverpool biennials', International Journal of Cultural Policy, 29 (5), pp. 618-633.

Barber, F., Gilson, J., 2023. 'Stormy Weather: Textile Art, Water and Climate Emergency', TEXTILE, pp. 1-13.

Edelman, J., Boll, J., 2023. 'The Affective Underpinnings of British Toryism: Nostalgia, Futurity, and the Performativity of the Commons', Coils of the Serpent: Journal for the Study of Contemporary Power.

Jurack, B., 2023. 'You Look at Me Looking at You Looking at Me', Arts, 12 (2), pp. 73-73.

Hunt, A., 2022. 'Allison Katz', Artforum International, May 2022.

Ledger, AJ., Kuhlmann, A., Christoffersen, EE., Turner, J., Campbell, P., Chemi, T., 2022. 'From the centre to the periphery', Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 13 (1), pp. 156-158.

Hunt, A., 2022. 'Minor painting: Outsiders and outliers', Journal of Contemporary Painting, 8 (1), pp. 3-29.

Pinchbeck, MD., Egan, K., 2022. 'Staging Scores: Devising Contemporary Performances from Classical Music', Volume 8, 8 (1), 30.

Campbell, P., Turner, J., 2022. 'The Clinch and the Crack: Rupture and Resolution in Third Theatre's Laboratory Practices', Arts, 11 (6), pp. 118-118.

Child, D., 2022. 'The Great Escape: The Visibility of Class in Tracey Emin's Margate', Oxford Art Journal, 45 (2), pp. 253-268.

Oliver, E., Whitehall, J., 2022. 'The Past Dreams the Future Present': Dream as Political Visual Historiography in the work of Artist and Film Maker Derek Jarman (Aug 22) IDEA Journal: Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis', IDEA - Interdisciplinary Discourses, Education and Analysis, 2, pp. 72-88.

Hunt, A., 2021. ''Curator Conversations'', Source Magazine.

Hunt, A., 2021. 'Across the Universe: Andrew Hunt on the Liverpool Biennial', Artforum International.

Selva, AL., Campbell, P., Nie, M., Maciel, A., 2021. 'Cross Pollination's Nomadic Laboratory: a praxis in-between practices', Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença, 11 (4), pp. e113814-e113814.

Hunt, A., 2021. 'Curator as Zelig', Art Monthly, 444, pp. 14-16.

Nie, M., La Selva, A., Maciel, A., Campbell, P., 2021. 'Echolocation and Reverberation: Praxical Dispositifs in Laboratory Theatre', Global Performance Studies, 4 (2).

Campbell, PGW., Linden, J., 2021. 'Expanded Practice and Curation as Creative Process: An Introductory Assemblage', REPERTÓRIO: Teatro & Dança, 19 (27), pp. 11-20.

Hunt, A., 2021. 'Jamie Crewe', Artforum International.

Tidmarsh, A., 2021. 'To Instruct', Text: for the Study of the History, Art and Design of Textiles, 48, pp. 64-70.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Child, D., 2021. 'Why We Need to Rethink Access to the Arts', Elephant Magazine, 45, pp. 153-154.

Conference Papers

Child, D., 2023. ''Considering Art's "Building Site" for Production Studies: The Case of Art Fabrication'', Simpósio Internacional de Estudos da Produção: Aquitetura, Projecto s Canteiro, Centro Mariantonia da USP, São Paulo, Brazi, 4/4/2023 - 5/4/2023.

Child, D., 2023. 'A Question of Class: Marxist Art History in the UK', (De)Politicising Art Studies. Marxist Traditions since 1968, Technical University Berlin, 10/11/2023 - 11/11/2023.

Warstat, A., 2023. 'Seeing Nothing - Empathy and Invisibility (Or "Blackness is the site where absolute nothingness and the world of things converge")', Agents of Concern: Images and Empathy, Hasselt University, Belgium, 16/11/2023 - 15/12/2023.

Warstat, A., 2022. 'Exhausting metaphor - Andrea Fisher and the infinitely deferred image', Times of Metaphor : A Symposium on the Temporal, Metaphorical, and the Still and Moving Image, Royal College of Art, 8/7/2022 - 8/7/2022.

Pinchbeck, M., 2022. 'Immersive archives: making "Sit with us for a moment and remember"', Telling Stories: An International Conference on Music Archives and Heritage Narratives,, Manchester Metropolitan University, 17/11/2022 - 19/11/2022.

Pinchbeck, M., Lo, L., 2022. 'Talking Trees/??/??: a virtual journey to the East in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic', The Migration Conference 2022, Rabat, Morocco, 7/9/2022 - 10/9/2022, in The Migration Conference 2022: selected papers, pp. 59-64.

Other Outputs

Simpson, ES., White, B., 2023. 'Auditory Learning'.

Biswas-Rodgers, S., 2023. 'Flights of Passage by Sutapa Biswas. Part of RadioCity2014/15, Tate Britain'.

Simpson, ES., White, B., 2023. 'Premonition 2037'.

White, B., Simpson, E., 2023. 'Toward Usership: Collaborative data mining in an orchestra's record collection.'.