CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD), Digital Art

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD), Digital Art

  • Reference Code: SAC12

Closing Date: 24th August 2012


Name of the supervisors
Dr Brigitta Zics, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
Professor Mike Stubbs, FACT Liverpool

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Collaborative Doctoral Award

Duration of the award
3 year PhD

Project description
Project title: Living Laboratories: Enhancing Audience Engagement through Making and Curating Digital Art.

This collaborative doctoral project will be a partnership between FACT Liverpool and Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, and provides a unique opportunity for an ambitious practitioner who can gain invaluable academic and real life experience that is new in its kind.

This practice-based research focuses on the currently evolving questions of digital art works, their importance as cultural products, and, their place in the institutional settings of the cultural sector in the age of information technology. This research project will critically engage with digital art production,  participatory forms and practices, current schemes and models of curatorial (institutional models) and production spaces (labs) of digital artworks. It aims to bridge practices and methodologies between the fields of  art practice, audience research and human-computer interaction (HCI). Research project might be linked to existing FACT initiatives as Media Facades; Connected Cities (Telepresence); Art, Content management and Personal Data or Talent lab.

CDA PhD Host Institutions:
Culture Lab is a world class, interdisciplinary research facility with cutting-edge kit for carrying out research in areas of experimental media, digital interaction, film and video, design fabrication, cultural ecologies, and the digital humanities. 

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been leading the UK video, film and new media arts scene for 20 years with groundbreaking exhibitions, education and research projects.

Value of the Award and Eligibility
The studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees for home or EU students, plus an annual maintenance award for home students (£14,140 for 2012-13). The studentship is tenable from October 2012 for up to three years (full-time), subject to academic progression. Students must also meet the AHRC’s requirements for UK residence. Candidates from other EU countries may be eligible for a fees-only studentship.  More information:

Person Specification
Candidates should hold a first degree at undergraduate level and a masters degree or have a proven track record of working continuously within industry or professional practice for a minimum of three years. The candidate might have a background in digital art & digital design, creativity and HCI or digital humanities. They would benefit from having understanding of curatorial practices, challenges of working in arts industry environment or applications of practice-based and HCI methodologies.

How to Apply
You must complete the University’s postgraduate application form. Select ‘PhD School of Arts and Culture (full time), Digital Media’ as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) but you must attach a copy of your CV and a covering letter, quoting the title of the studentship and reference number SAC12.

Further Information
For further details, please contact Dr Brigitta Zics:
Tel: +44 (0)191 246 4644


About Art Selectronic

Art Selectronic is an artist-led initiative, that supports grass-roots contemporary art that remains unswayed by fashion, trends or the whims of government funding. The project involves ongoing research into the placing of contemporary art, it’s audiences and it’s relationship to the everyday. We place great emphasis on context. Our mission is to support new works of contemporary art and foster an audience from a wide range of backgrounds.
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