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Liz Mitchell

‘Believe me, I remain…’: Meaning and Materiality in the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery

As a museum curator turned researcher, I am interested in the histories and uses of art museum collections, with particular respect to decorative art and craft. My PhD research considers the changing values, status and meaning of ‘everyday’ objects within the art museum, through an investigation of the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery.

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Zoe Grace Fletcher

Designing for Breed: Realigning British wool within the current UK knitwear industry

Over 60 different varieties of sheep are present in Britain today, reared by over 45000 farmers (BWMB 2009). Using a practice based enquiry, this research will examine the contribution of individual breed knowledge and new technologies in developing and encouraging sustainable British knitwear design and production.

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David Gledhill

Towards a New Realism: An Investigation of the Possibilities for a Socially Engaged Painting Practice

I am proposing to examine the methodologies and signifying structures of ‘classical’, ‘critical’, ‘social’ and ‘socialist’ realist painting to determine whether they can be synthesised or adapted to generate a socially informed and democratically readable contemporary painting practice.

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Gary Bratchford

Visual Activism in Israel and the Occupied Territories

My PhD thesis is concerned with examining the politics of visibility, expressly related to nonviolent Palestinian and international activist practices carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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Sue Blatherwick

Archaeology: Site, Object, Context; Interpreting A Collection.  A study of the ceramic work of Robert Louis Blatherwick (1920-1993)

The previously unrecorded work of Robert Louis Blatherwick occupies an empty space, representing a gap in the recording of twentieth century ceramic history. The body of work produced deserves attention.

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Ralph Mills

Objects of Delight: The Nineteen Century Mass-Produced Miniature

My research explores the phenomenon of miniaturisation, as reflected by the global trade and consumption of mass-produced miniatures, and what it reveals about the nineteenth century people who delighted in, desired, acquired, displayed, collected and discarded them.

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Sara Davies

Creating Images of Belonging through Diasporic Touch

My research project examines issues of belonging in the Swedish diaspora in the north of England bringing a minority discourse into the public realm. I am developing a notion called diasporic touch exploring how a combination of seeing, touching and creative writing opens up an imaginary space where ‘there and then’ is ‘here and now’, and where the process of making art generates a sense of belonging.

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Howard Read

The Role of Drawing in the Regeneration of Urban Spaces

My practice-led MPhil/PhD research project will have two areas of inquiry: drawing and regeneration that will be linked by the aims and methods I deploy.

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Jack Roberts

The Artist, the Art Object and the Market

What this research aims to achieve is twofold; firstly to gain a better understanding of how art moves through the market and secondly to understand how artists feel about their work being traded as a commodity or investment product.

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Philip Cowan

Persistence of Vision: Authorship and Visual Style in the Work and Cinematographer

Authorship in film is often difficult to attribute due to the complex nature of the collaborative processes involved. Since its inception the auteur theory has provided a convenient, although simplistic, view of authorship, which credits the director of a film with sole authorship.

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