The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and Modern Art Oxford have formed a partnership to create a new graduate studentship to be held at St Cross College. This will provide a unique opportunity for a curator or art historian to research MAO’s archive and work on a doctorate covering 50 years of exhibition-making.
The Archive at MAO (formerly the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford) comprises a wealth of material that remains largely unexplored. It includes extensive documentation on every exhibition presented at MAO as well as rare correspondence between the gallery’s directors and exhibiting artists. As MAO approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015, it will provide full and unrestricted archival access to a researcher to enable the writing of a comprehensive and critical history of exhibition making at MAO since its foundation.
The doctoral project will begin in October 2011 with a completion target in October 2014. Plans for dissemination of the research include public events at MAO and, subject to funding, a monograph and major exhibition to be organised by MAO as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.
The value of the studentship will be £20,000 per annum for three years, which is expected to cover university and college fees at the Home/EU rate and to provide the student with a grant towards living expenses. The successful candidate will be registered as a research student at the
Ruskin School and will become a member of St Cross College. Supervision will be offered byboth the Ruskin School and MAO. Candidates for the studentship will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in one of the following subjects: Art History,
Museum Studies, or Curating. They must have a good knowledge of art since 1965, and experience of archival research and exhibition-making would be advantages.
Those interested in applying should first read the outline of the doctoral programme on the Ruskin School website at http://www.ruskin-sch.ox.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate. Applications will need to be made using the graduate admissions procedure for 2011 entry. Applicants should apply for a DPhil in Fine Art. To access the application form and application guide please visit our online prospectus at www.ox.ac.uk/graduate/apply. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, you must indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for this studentship 11RUSK01JOB.
Applications should include academic transcripts; a sample of recent written work (4,000-6,000 words), such as a Master’s dissertation (or part of it); a statement outlining why the applicant is interested in the project and how he or she is qualified to undertake it (up to 1,000 words); a short c.v.; three academic references (referees should be asked to submit their references on-line by the deadline); and the application fee of £50.
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2011