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AHRC Block Grant Partnership Research Conference 2014

AHRC Block Grant Partnership

The annual conference celebrates the AHRC BGP partnership between Northumbria and Sunderland universities.

The conference is taking place on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at The Riverside Suite, National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland To view the conference programme for June 2014 please click here.


link iconTo view the conference programme for May 2013 please click here.


Juliet Chenery-Robson (AHRC BGP PhD, University of Sunderland)

The Visualisation of the Invisible Illness M.E The Visualisation of the Invisible Illness M.E.
My practice-led research project focuses on the visual representation of the illness ME, which affects over 250,000 people in the UK.
Date Posted: June 2011

Penny Grennan ( Northumbria University)

Of what Value, and to Whom – Your trash, My Treasure? Of what Value, and to Whom – Your trash, My Treasure?
Re- evaluating the Souvenir with reference to material Culture and fine Art Practice. What are souvenirs - photographs, postcards, religious memorabilia, kitsch, mementoes, memorabilia, aide memoires, miniatures, ciphers, trophies?
Date Posted: June 2011

Rebecca Mathew (AHRC BGP MA, Northumbria University)

Wallpapers at Wallington: a survey of the wallpapers in one of the National Trust's oldest properties, and the current approaches to wallpaper conservation. Wallpapers at Wallington: a survey of the wallpapers in one of the National Trust's oldest properties, and the current approaches to wallpaper conservation.
The main focus of my conservation project will be to chart the use of wallpaper in Wallington, one of the National Trust's oldest properties. Through a detailed survey of the wallpapers in Wallington I hope to discover and document the history of interior decoration in the property: how and where the papers were made, why they were chosen and how they were hung.
Date Posted: June 2011

Sylvia Steven (AHRC BGP MA, Northumbria University)

The Framing of British Prints 1700 – 1900 The Framing of British Prints 1700 – 1900
The period of 1700 - 1900 was an era of radical social, political and industrial change. There was a vast increase in population and an accelerated demand books and printed material. Prints such as etchings, mezzotints and engravings had gained in popularity and printmaking was finally recognised as an art form to rival painting.
Date Posted: June 2011

Christopher McHugh (AHRC Collaborative PhD, University of Sunderland)

Community in Clay: Ceramics and Community Engagement Community in Clay: Ceramics and Community Engagement
Christopher McHugh is the recipient of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award and is based jointly at the University of Sunderland and the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.
Date Posted: June 2011

Paul Harvey (AHRC Open Competition PhD, Northumbria University)

Stuckism and Punk Philosophy: Controversialism in the Fine Art Environment Stuckism and Punk Philosophy: Controversialism in the Fine Art Environment
In December 1976, I heard 'Anarchy in the UK' for the first time and my life changed forever. I became a provincial punk. I formed bands, organised gigs in new and unusual venues, and immersed myself within the subculture.
Date Posted: June 2011

Nick Renshaw (AHRC BGP PhD, University of Sunderland)

The Standing, Nature, Potential and Significance of International, Cross-Cultural Ceramic Art Residencies The Standing, Nature, Potential and Significance of International, Cross-Cultural Ceramic Art Residencies
An evaluation and understanding within the burgeoning area of international cross-cultural ceramic art residencies, with an examination of a specific location where a succesful approach has been developed.
Date Posted: June 2011

Marianne Wilde (AHRC BGP PhD, Northumbria University)

Seeing and Saying: Making the Invisible Visible Seeing and Saying: Making the Invisible Visible
Since the discovery of 'the secret of life' by James Watson and Francis Crick on 28th February 1953, we have been developing both linguistic and pictorial ways of how to communicate our understanding of DNA.
Date Posted: June 2011

Adinda Van 'T Klooster (AHRC CRUMB PhD, University of Sunderland)

From biosignals to light art in the Emotion Light From biosignals to light art in the Emotion Light
Adinda van 't Klooster is an artist who works with sound, light, installation, animation, sculpture, electronics and computer generated performance. .
Date Posted: June 2011

David Cushway (AHRC BGP PhD, University of Sunderland )

Expanding Ceramic Practice in the 21st Century Expanding Ceramic Practice in the 21st Century
Through the use of new media, installation, performance and alternative sites for exhibition, can the discourse of ceramics or clay use be expanded outside of the traditional formats and theories?
Date Posted: June 2011

Dr James Leggott , Lecturer in Film and Television Studies

Northern Realism: The Films of the Amber Collective from 1969 to the present Northern Realism: The Films of the Amber Collective from 1969 to the present
James Leggott was awarded an AHRC grant to co-write (with Tobias Hochscherf) a critical history of the fillms of the Amber Collective, situating their work within traditions of local, national and international visual culture
Date Posted: June 2011

The first Northumbria/Sunderland BGP Conference – Shared Resonance

Northern Realism: The Films of the Amber Collective from 1969 to the present Was held at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland on 5th May 2010
To view the conference programme for May 2010 please click here.

To mark and celebrate the Block Grant partnership, Northumbria and Suderland universities held a Student Research Day for all AHRC-funded students at Gallery North, Northumbria on Wednesday 11th May 2011.  The day was opened by Professor Don MacRaild (Associate Dean for Research) followed by a warm welcome from Professor Allan Ingram (PGR Programme Director).  The conference proved a resounding success with students and academics joining us from both universities, as well as the Director of BALTIC, Godfrey Worsdale.

As the research day was held in the excellent Gallery North space it seemed highly appropriate to ask participating student's to use this opportunity to showcase their work.  There was an array of exhibits from digital displays to ceramics and paintings, all showcasing the exceptional standard of AHRC-funded PhD and Masters students we have at Northumbria and Sunderland Universities. 

The programme for the day included a collection of diverse presentations, a tour of Graduate Studios Northumbria with Chris Dorsett and presentations from Sian Bowen and Dr James Leggott, both of whom are in receipt of AHRC funding for their own research.