MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2009), PhD History of Art (2012)
Henry Moore Institute Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2013-2015)
‘Studying as a postgraduate in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies was an incredibly enriching experience. It was a real privilege to be taught by a diverse range of academics with such commitment to teaching and research. During my MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies I had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Henry Moore Institute, conducting research for an exhibition on the history of the sculptor’s education. Working with archives for the first time was a revelation, which led me to identify an absence in the literature that I decided to pursue as a PhD. Continuing as a research student in the School opened up an amazing array of opportunities, from organising conferences, workshops and research trips to teaching undergraduate students. After completing my doctorate in 2012, the School was instrumental in supporting my transition to post-doctoral research, firstly with the Museum of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and now at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds’.
MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies 2012-2013
Communications and Events Assistant, Kettle’s Yard
‘In the first few weeks of the MA in Art Gallery and Museum studies you’re asked to put on an exhibition at the University’s Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery. You’re given a collection of objects and have to think about interpretation and marketing. We worked closely with the gallery, but it was great to be thrown in at the deep end. A real turning point for me came during the work placement with Pavilion, a small organisation who commission art to be exhibited in disused heritage spaces in Leeds. I enjoyed working as part of a small team to realise ideas, especially as I was given opportunities to take the lead and gain experience in different areas of the project’. The MA opened up lots of different career paths and led to my role at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge’.
MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies, 2010-2011
PhD student, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies 2012-2015
“The reputation of the course was the main factor in my decision to apply, but I also really wanted to stay in Leeds––it’s a great city in which to live and study. Leeds has an interesting and diverse arts scene, from larger organisations like The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute and The Hepworth Wakefield, to those that support emerging and local talent for example the Tetley and other more DIY groups.
In terms of the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies, I liked being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone, engaging with ideas, theories and philosophies I had never encountered before. It was a steep learning curve, but the tutors were incredibly supportive and available for help and advice when needed. I’m now studying for a PhD in the School, my research is concerned with the concept of ‘audience’, and how ‘audience’ is understood, identified, articulated, and ultimately engaged with in modern and contemporary art galleries, using The Hepworth Wakefield as its case study. Principally, the research is concerned with bringing together theory and practice. It aims to explore how abstract, theoretical ideas about ‘audience’ are brought to life in the here and now, through observation of, and participation in, the lived experience of the institution.”
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