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Winchester School of Art

Research project: Creative Communities in art and design since the 1960s: Lessons for socio-economic regeneration in a globalized world

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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) 2012-2018, Winchester School of Art – Tate Liverpool. This CDA Extended Programme, operated by Winchester School of Art in collaboration with Tate Liverpool, seeks to produce four thematically interconnected PhD critical case-studies concerned with the recent historical and contemporary development of art & design ‘creative communities' in the UK and abroad.

The programme has received £218,000 financial support from AHRC to fund four PhD studentships. It is directed by Dr Sunil Manghani. Dr August Davis is second supervisor for the first two PhD students.

The project began in September 2013 and is scheduled to run until September 2018. It is the second of four consecutive CDA projects at the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art and Design to be funded by the AHRC's Connected Communities scheme

Each PhD project will be concerned explicitly with the lessons the case-study may offer in terms of contemporary and future 'creative industries' regeneration strategies. Both critical and instrumental in their value, therefore, these PhD projects together will constitute (a) a complex historical and spacing mapping of the ecologies of selected art & design production communities and (b) a diagnosis of their significance in the growth of socio-economic life around them.

All four projects will be based on case-study materials chosen specifically to highlight the varieties of links connecting artists and designers – understood as distinct communities and cultures of makers – to other geographically local and distant communities and cultures upon which they have impacted.

Tate Liverpool, an institution with world class collections, exhibition, archive and library materials and a national centre of expertise in arts & cultural regeneration activities, will provide access to extensive rich resources able to sustain and support the studentships over the extended time period of the Programme.

The PhD projects

The Sites of Cultural Production and Impact of British Art and Design Communities Associated with Pop 1956–1974

The first project, undertaken by Oliver Peterson Gilbert (October 2012), concerns an analysis of cultural production of Pop Art in Britain in the Sixties which provides thematic links around community and cultural urbanism.

His work at Tate Liverpool centred on Glam! The Performance of Style and looked to the artistic production in Britain and America in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Creative Communities in Art and Design in the 1980s

The second project, undertaken by Hazel A Atashroo (October 2013 - present), focuses on specific geographically situated 'creative communities' in the UK (using case studies in London, Liverpool and Manchester) during the 'long 1980s'. It examines the local, national and global community impacts of their visual cultural production and activities. 

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