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HERA funding Call ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’

The Arts and Humanities Research Council, various humanities funding organisations and the European Commission are pleased to announce a new €20 Million Joint Research Programme (JRP) for arts and humanities researchers in Europe.

Organised by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area), and facilitated in the UK by the AHRC, this joint research programme will fund innovative and exciting international research projects on ‘Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe’.

The research programme will fund new and exciting humanities-centred projects involving researchers from four or more participating countries. Proposals can be up to €1 Million in value, and 24-36 months in duration.

The deadline for the submission of Outline Proposals is Tuesday 24 October 2017.

For more information, please visit the AHRC and HERA.

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AHRC Workshop: Development through the Creative Economy in China

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The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for researchers to attend a workshop on ‘Development through the Creative Economy in China’. The event will bring together academic experts from both countries to explore the potential of the creative and cultural industries in China as drivers for growth and innovation.

The Creative Economy is of growing importance to both the UK and China and has the potential to have a transformative effect on major global challenges. The workshop seeks to provide a catalyst for joint UK/China research into the Creative Economy, focussing on three key areas of Design, Heritage, and the Creative and Performing Arts.

The workshop will take place in Shanghai, China, on the 24-26 October 2017 and will be funded through the Newton Fund – a programme that aims to develop research and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of partnering countries.

Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from UK-based researchers within the arts and humanities.

Deadline for submission: 31st August.

For more information and to apply, please visit the AHRC.

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Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – funding opportunities

Paul_Mellon_Centre_for_Studies_in_British_Art_logo    The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art offers a range of grants and Fellowships funding research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of British art and architectural history.  The fields of archaeology, the current practice of architecture or the performing arts are not in remit.

Award schemes run in Spring and Autumn and include:

1) Digital Project Grants  – deadline 30th Sep 15

up to £20k pa for up to two years to support a curator or research scholar undertaking a digital research project or research which will lead to a digital or online project (such as an online exhibition, database of a collection or a research project using digital technologies, for example 3-D scanning or modelling)

2) Curatorial Research Grants – deadline 30th Sep 15

Up to £20k pa for up to 2 years awarded to institutions, galleries or museums to help towards the costs of appointing a Research Curator to undertake research for a specific project. This can be for:

  • research towards an exhibition or installation of British art or architectural history, or related topic
  • a cataloguing project on part of a collection or archive which will result in a printed or online catalogue
  • an online exhibition or curation of a digital project relating to British art or architectural history, or related topic

3) Research Support Grants – deadline 30th Sep 15

Up to £2k to assist with research travel costs. Offered to scholars already engaged in research involving the study of British art or architectural history. Grants may be used towards the expenses incurred in visiting collections, libraries, archives or historic sites with the United Kingdom or abroad for research purposes.

4) Senior Fellowship Grants – deadline 31st Jan 2016

Two nine-month full-time Fellowships specifically designated for the completion of a book or other such major study for immediate publication. They offer funding to release Fellows from teaching and/or other employment responsibilities and provide them with an extended and defined period to devote to writing and completing a publication. The Fellowships are solely for the writing period and not for primary research. Designated for prominent and established scholars in the field of British art or architectural history. Up to £32k to cover staff replacement costs.

5) Mid-Career Fellowships – deadline 31st Jan 2016

Three fellowships offer a four-month period of research to applicants who have already produced a major publication and are working on a subsequent research, publishing or curatorial project. The four-month period may be used to undertake research for an article, book, exhibition or catalogue.

Mid-Career Fellowships are designated primarily for academics and scholars  who are established in their careers and who were awarded their doctorates over six years previously. Applications are also welcome from independent and freelance scholars, and from individuals who do not hold a doctorate, but all applicants must have an established scholarly profile. £12,000 each will be awarded to the Fellow’s university to cover replacement teaching or staff costs.

6) Postdoctoral Fellowshipsdeadline 31st Jan 2016

Five six-month full-time Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered to enable the Fellow to transform doctoral research in the field of British art or architectural history into publishable form, such as a book, series of articles or exhibition catalogue. Alternatively, the fellowship may support new research arising out of a successfully submitted doctoral dissertation where that research may lead readily to publication.  Fellowships are designated for applicants who have had their doctoral theses successfully examined within the four years prior to January 2016. Applications will also be accepted from applicants who are able to demonstrate that the final examination will be completed by the end of February 2016, i.e. before the Centre’s Advisory Council meets in March 2016.  Five grants of £8,000 each will be awarded to fund replacement teaching or staff costs.

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Asia Triennial Manchester launches today!

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Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 (ATM14), the only Asian Art Triennial outside the Asia Pacific region, opens 26 September to 23 November 2014 in Manchester, UK, with a vibrant and exciting showcase of the foremost contemporary visual art from across the globe.

Launch event – tonight 26 September: book via Eventbrite

Full programme details: See the ATM14 website

A major initiative of MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 is an international festival of visual culture that features a series of powerful exhibitions, commissions, and creative interventions by international and UK artists. Developed in partnership with, and sited at, IWM North and multiple venues across the City, the Triennial explores the theme of Conflict & Compassion. It will present new site-specific work alongside existing pieces not seen before in the UK, and will challenge stereotypical viewpoints of contemporary Asian artistic practice.. ATM14 also includes ‘Harmonious Society’, the most significant exhibition of Chinese contemporary art in the UK to date presented by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and featuring over 30 major artists from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong exhibited across six key partner spaces in Manchester. The ATM14 exhibitions will be enhanced by a series of events and talks, a learning and participation programme, a symposium, and a distinctive Asian business event

Theme for 2014

Asia Triennial Manchester 2014: Conflict and Compassion investigates whether the role of the 21st century artist or curator may be, in part, to provide a voice for the unheard, a message to the dominant, or even to demonstrate some kind of sympathetic vision of values through the visual. In all these respects, art is itself at once conflicted and compassionate. Focusing on artists who live in, work in or address issues surrounding Asia, the next Triennial considers how we might begin to think about art of or in Asia within a framework of conflict, in the widest possible context.


For ATM14, MIRIAD is working with IWM North to present an exhibition with celebrated, internationally-renowned and UK based artists who have been commissioned to respond to the theme and IWM North’s unique architecture and archives to create new work or show work not seen here before.  This will be the first time that IWM North has been part of the ATM and our programme in Manchester will also link with other IWM Museums nationally.

The commissioned/featured artists are: Alinah Azadeh, Zarina Bhimji, Shezad Dawood, Sophie Ernst, Shamsia Hassani, Bashir Makhoul, Nalini Malani, Aman Mojadidi, and Imran Qureshi.  Further artists are also contributing via the ATM Collaborations Learning and Engagement Programme.

Partners and venues

In addition to IWM North, a programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks, workshops pop-ups and drop-ins has been developed by and with our partner organisations.

‘Harmonious Society’ will be presented at CFCCA and also at ArtWork, The John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral, Museum of Science and Industry, National Football Museum and artists include: CHANG Huei-Ming, CHEN Chieh-Jen, CHEN Wenbo, CHENG Ching-Yuan, HE An, JIN Feng, KAN Xuan, KAO Jun-Honn, LEUNG Chi Wo, LEE Kit, LI Wei, LIU Jianhua, LIU Xiaodong, Luxury LOGICO, PAK Sheung-Chuen, TOF (JIN Feng and DING Li), WAN Lai-Kuen, WANG Sishun, WANG Yin, WANG Yuyang, XU Qu, YANG Zhenzhong, YAO Jui- Chung, Samson YOUNG, ZHANG Peili, ZHAO Yao, ZHENG Guogu, ZHOU Xiaohu, YAN Bing, YUAN Gong, ZHUANG Hui and DAN’er.

The following artists are being presented at our other partner venues: Bury Art Museum – Hsiao-Chi Tsai & Kimiya Yoshikawa, Castlefield Gallery – Hardeep Phandal;  Dark Borders Development at IWMN – Pop up Republics featuring Chen Jieh-Jen, Daksha Patel & Siddarth Ramakrishnan; Manchester Craft and Design Centre – Kashif Nadim Chaudry;  Touchstones Rochdale – Rosa Nguyen; and at The Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University – 12 artists MORE HERE?.    Cornerhouse is also presenting the official film programme for ATM14 with several UK and European premieres and filmmaker Q&As.

Background to Asia Triennial Manchester

Every three years, Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) offers the public the opportunity to experience the very best of Asian contemporary visual culture created by artists currently working globally.

Asia Triennial Manchester is established as the only Asian art triennial outside Asia. Its success is demonstrated by the calibre of the artists involved previously including Subodh Gupta (ATM08) and Rashid Rana (ATM11). Now located within MIRIAD at Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, ATM contributes strongly to Manchester’s ambitions to be a ‘Culturally Distinctive’ and ‘Culturally Connected’ city with an international reputation for its arts and culture.

To date, ATM has attracted over 350,000 visitors with more than 7.5 million viewing public realm work. ATM brought together six venues in 2008, increasing to 18 in 2011 including non-traditional arts spaces such as Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and Manchester Cathedral plus collaborations with four universities. It has been supported by more than 41 UK and international organisations, including partnerships with commercial galleries. To date, ATM has delivered 58 new visual art and craft commissions, performances and film, exhibited over 380 days, featuring 52 non-UK and 50 UK artists. It has always attracted established and emerging Asian artists at the forefront of their careers to the UK. The trailblazing Rusholme Project in 2007 created new site-specific public artworks for the first Manchester International Festival.

In 2008 the Festival focused on the artist as ‘protester’ presenting site-specific commissions at six venues. In 2011, the theme was ‘Time & Generation’ featuring the work of 54 artists, collaborating with 18 partners presenting 35 new works, seven film premieres, and four dance performances in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

ATM’s education and community programmes have already engaged over 1560 participants, more than half from BME communities. In 2011, the Festival generated economic activity in excess of £12m and over £5.9 million in economic impact within Greater Manchester.

For further information please contact:

Alnoor Mitha, ATM Artistic Director, MIRIAD (MMU),