The History of Art department is delighted to announce that it has two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentships to offer in conjunction with Tate Britain, commencing in October 2014.
The first, Conceptual Art in Britain 1965-1979, will be co-supervised by Dr. Jo Applin at York and Dr. Andrew Wilson, curator of Modern and Contemporary British Art and Archives, at Tate, and considers the development of conceptual art in Britain from its genesis in the early and mid-1960s until the late 1970s. As such, the project will focus on the particular British trajectory of the movement, in a number of media, and in relation to both the institutional history of collecting and displaying such material at Tate and the broader social history of the 1960s and 1970s that informed and contextualised both practice and display. The successful candidate will have access to various key objects and archives within Tate’s collections. The project will also coincide with Tate’s major exhibition on this topic in spring 2016.
The second, Canonising British Sculpture: Sir Francis Chantrey and the Chantrey Bequest, will be co-supervised by Professor Jason Edwards at York and Dr. Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, assistant curator of British Art 1850-1914 at Tate, and considers the status, characterisation and canonisation of British sculpture in the long 19th century, with special focus on Sir Francis Chantrey’s 1841 bequest of his fortune to the nation to form a collection of British art. The Bequest came into effect following the death of Chantrey’s widow in 1875 and represented the Tate’s principal purchase fund from 1897 until the late 1920s. As such, the project will focus upon a vital aspect of Tate’s collecting history and the successful candidate will have access to various key objects and archives within Tate’s collections. The project will also coincide with Tate’s major Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901exhibition next winter.
For more information visit: http://www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/prospective-postgraduates/funding/#tab-3