PhD studentship working with Nottingham Contemporary

We are now advertising a studentship for three or four years to research  the learning that occurs in Nottingham Contemporary education programmes. 

The ad reads:

The place of learning: teachers, artists and young people at Nottingham Contemporary

The University of Nottingham and the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary.

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Nottingham Contemporary has a strong commitment to ensuring that young people in the city, many of whom are from families struggling to get by, have access to meaningful visual art experiences and offers both formal and informal opportunities for learning, in the galleries, through public events, through family and young people’s programmes and through programmes in schools.

While there are regular evaluations conducted of the Nottingham Contemporary educational programmes, there has not yet been any in depth longitudinal research of the benefits that those engaged in school programmes get from their gallery engagements. The gallery is increasingly asked for evidence of the value of its programmes. This project will provide the first robust examination of the NC learning programmes and as such, it will inform future developments at Nottingham Contemporary, but will also be of significant interest to partner regional contemporary art galleries (the Plus Tate network).

First Supervisor: Professor Pat Thomson
Second Supervisor: Professor Christine Hall

Portland.jpgThe project examines the learning affordances of the Nottingham Contemporary Learning Programmes for teachers, students and artists. The researcher will be based in the school’s Centre for Research in Arts, Creativity and Literacy and will undertake an ethnographic study of the NC learning programme and examine the different ‘impacts’ of NC’s programmes for students aged 5-16, their teachers and the artists who work with them.

Specifically, the researcher will, over a nine-month period (a school year including school holidays), undertake ethnographic research in the gallery – observe young people, their teachers and artists who participate in school programmes; interview teachers and students in ten city schools; and administer a cultural participation survey to young people.

The full time studentship provides funding for three or four years (PhD/MA+PhD) to start on 1 October 2016. The award will cover full PhD fees and provide a tax-free stipend for UK candidates (£14,057 p.a. in 2015), or fees only for EU candidates.

Candidates should have a masters degree in Education, Anthropology, Sociology or a related Social Science or cognate discipline such as Art History or Fine Arts. Prior experience in qualitative research is highly desirable.

The application process and further information is online. 

Closing date: 21 February 2016 (noon).

Creative Learning – should England be ashamed of itself?

Thursday 11th February 2016, 4.30-7.30pm

Room A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus


Presented by Paul Collard, Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE)

Creative Partnerships ran from 2003-2011, funding artists to work with teachers and schools across England. At the same time as the English government abandoned its commitment to creativity, other countries took it up. Creativity Culture and Education continued this work in Wales, Scotland, Lithuania, Norway, Germany Czech Republic, Hungary, Pakistan and Chile, and with the OECD. Their goal is to continue to build experience and evidence of the benefits of creative learning, a typology of creative interventions, and measures of progress in creativity. Paul Collard, the Chief Executive of CCE will discuss this work and raise questions about what England and English educators might learn from this recent work.

About Paul

Paul Collard is the Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education. CCE was originally established to design and support the delivery of the Creative Partnerships programme in England which ran from 2002 to 2011. With a budget of around €50 million each year, it was able over the period to work with over 5000 schools, well over a million young people and around 90,000 teachers. The success and impact of the programme attracted considerable international attention and CCE now supports the delivery of programmes modelled on Creative Partnerships across a wide range of European countries including Norway, Lithuania, Holland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

Within the United Kingdom, it is advising the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government on a £20 million Arts and Creative Learning Plan which was launched in the Spring of 2015, and is delivering training, seminars and workshops in most local authorities in Scotland on behalf of the Government agencies Education Scotland and Creative Scotland. At a European Level, it has worked closely with the EU Commission on a range of issues and has just delivered a report for the influential private German Foundation Mercator, on developing a European strategy for Creative and Cultural Education. Beyond Europe, CCE ran a Creative Partnerships programme in Karachi, which is now running in Lahore, Pakistan and has provided training for teachers and artists in countries as diverse as Taiwan, Vietnam, Western Australia, Qatar, Tunisia and Thailand. In 2011, CCE was the recipient of the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) award for its outstanding contribution to innovation in world education.

Paul is a Special Professor in the School of Education, attached to CRACL.

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