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    Research Centre

Research Newsletter Issue 2: Autumn 2005











    WSA Research Newsletter aims to encourage the development of Wimbledon‟s research culture by publicising events (staff exhibitions, performances etc.) and achievements; by giving updates on opportunities for research awards, and by inviting participation from the

    research community. The Newsletter does not have a fixed production schedule but is produced as frequently as needed. Contributions and suggestions are welcomed. Please contact Charlotte Kelley in the first instance at


    The second round of internal research funding in the last academic year resulted in the following successful applications:

    ?2500 ? Research the transformative effect that Geraldine Pilgrim

    site-specific work has on the inhabitants and Deep End

    members of the local community local to the

    empty Marshall Street Baths in Soho

    ? Create a site-specific installation

    /performance at the Marshall Street Baths

    which will inspire images arising from its past

    history, its present condition and its future


    ? Purchase neon tubes which will form the

    major part of the above installation

    ?700 ? Contribute to the cost of flights and Clunie Reid

    accommodation in New York during the „This show is ribbed for

    period of time that the „This show is ribbed her pleasure‟

    for her pleasure‟ will be exhibited at the

    Broan Gallery (July 14th August 20th

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    ?1575 ? Complete work on production of Jordan Baseman

    Dangerous a trilogy of Michael Jackson Dangerous

    based works: Dangerous, THRILLER and

    Don‟t Stop „Till You Get Enough

    ? Contribute to the costs of hiring an actor

    for 9 days

    ?1068 ? Purchase 80kg of silicone rubber to be Keir Smith

    used in the creation of a composite sculpture „The Vault of Scalzi‟

    entitled „The Vault of Scalzi‟, to be exhibited (an exhibition and

    at the County Gallery in Maidstone, Kent publication)

    (29th September to 11th November 2005)

    ?1100 ? Continue work with Natural History Mark Fairnington

    Museum on systems of taxonomy, Birds We Cannot See

    representation and display used within the

    natural sciences and focused upon the

    specimen, producing cultural meaning

    ? Photograph single skin specimens of male

    Birds of Paradise from the NHM collection to

    produce a new series of paintings entitled

    Birds We Cannot See

    ? Research the origin of the legend that

    grew up around the trade skins from the

    16th Century explorers who first saw them

    ?1200 ? Research and locate spaces, events and Marta Marce

    residences within twentieth century International Style,

    architecture primarily in housing blocks to Phase One the

    add to network International Style Creation of an

    International Network

    of Art Spaces Within

    XX Century Modernist

    Architecture, with a

    Special Focus in Blocks

    of Flats

    ?150 ? Hire of the Senior Common Room of the Malcolm Quinn

    Royal College of Art as a venue for the Research Symposium

    research symposium on the book „Knowing on the book „Knowing

    Nothing, Staying Stupid: Elements for a Nothing, Staying

    Psychoanalytic Epistemology‟, by Dr Malcolm Stupid: Elements of a

    Quinn & Dr Dany Nobus Psychoanalytic


    ?1100 ? Contribute towards the travel costs and Rachel Withers

    accommodation of attending the show Research towards

    Roman Signer: Werke at the OK Centrum fur monograph on Roman

    Gegenwartkunst in Linz, Austria (July 2005) Signer

    ? Contribute towards the travel costs and

    accommodation of going to Zurich, Bern and

    Geneva to consult the research materials

    held by Hauser and Wirth and view exhibited


    ? Contribute towards the travel costs of

    going to St Gallen in Switzerland to record


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    interviews with Signer

    ? Provide a per diem of ?20.00 per day for

    14 days

    ?4550 ? To set up and run a website that hosts Tamiko O’Brien

    interviews, articles, links and reviews that Conversations on

    are focussed on collaborative art practices Collaboration

    ? Research interviews with artists and Fine

    Art students who work collaboratively

    ? Commission essays on collaboration and

    web-based artworks that reflect upon the

    collaborative processes

AHRC Collaborative Research Training Scheme on

    Psychoanalytical Theory in Art and Performance Research

    Starting this term, Wimbledon School of Art is leading a new AHRC-funded Collaborative Research Training Scheme dealing with „Psychoanalytical Theory in Art and Performance Research‟ in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Brunel University. Dr Malcolm Quinn from WSA and Dr Dany Nobus from Brunel will be organising a series of workshops led by authorities in the field that will deal specifically with the status and usefulness of psychoanalysis as a research model in art and performance. More details are available by contacting Malcolm (


Leverhulme Trust funding

    The Leverhulme Trust awards grants on performing and fine arts (artists in residence, Training & Professional Development schemes). For more information, check the following links:

Research on ethnicity and related topics

    The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is currently developing a longitudinal data resource for research on ethnicity in conjunction with the Office for National Statistics.

    The Council has announced that it will work with the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2005/2006 to explore possibilities for developing capacity in this and related areas. The two Councils will work together in investigating the connectivity between research on religion, identities and ethnicities. They will also discuss priorities for funding.


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    This activity will include an investigation of how existing and prospective research sources, including the proposed longitudinal study, can underpin effective research in these areas. The intended outcome would be a comprehensive and co-ordinated series of investments, building on existing investments such as those by ESRC in Identities and Social Action and the COMPAS Centre and by AHRC in Diasporas, Migration and Identities.

    Additional information on how to participate in these activities is available here:

ESRC Contact: Naomi Beaumont


    Joint AHRC/ESRC Scholarships Scheme - American Library of Congress

    The AHRC and ESRC are introducing a new, highly prestigious joint scholarship scheme to undertake research at the American Library of Congress (LoC), in Washington DC. The scholarships will provide opportunities to access the internationally renowned research collections held at the LoC. They will also provide unprecedented opportunities to network with a range of international scholars working at the LoC.

    Applications should be submitted to the AHRC by no later than Monday 31 October 2005. Decisions will be released in January 2006. The timetable is tight, but it is hoped to announce opportunities for more scholarships next year, to commence in Autumn 2006.

The proforma and guidance notes can be downloaded from:

    If you have any queries regarding this scheme, please contact Emma Carey, AHRC Postgraduate Programme Manager (

AHRC Research Workshop at WSA

    Gail Lambourne, Programme Manager (Research) at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, gave a very well attended seminar and one-to-one workshop on „Research Funding opportunities from the AHRC‟, on 26 July. The afternoon was organised by Dr. Susie Morrow of the Research Centre. Gail‟s Powerpoint presentation, together with

    other information on UK research council funding, is available on the WSA Intranet. Paper copies of these are available in the first floor office of the Research Centre.


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    Ideas for presenters and topics for future seminars likely to be of interest to the WSA research community are welcome contact


Research Grants

    24 November 2005 & 15 June 2006

    Research Grants scheme provides a range of awards suitable for individuals or teams of researchers. Grants of up to ?500,000 are available and can be held for a maximum of five years.

Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts

    No formal deadlines applications can be submitted any time

    Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts provide up to ?5,000 towards the costs of defined research projects.

Resource Enhancement

    24 November 2005

    The Resource Enhancement scheme is designed to provide support for projects with full economic costs of up to ?500,000 that aim to improve use of and access to research materials and resources. It provides awards for a varying duration up to a limit of three years.

    An evaluation of the Resource Enhancement Scheme is currently being undertaken. Full details will be published on the AHRC website as soon as they are available. Please note that the Resource Enhancement scheme now requires a Nominated Assessment to be completed and returned to the AHRC by the application deadline. For further details about this

    scheme, please consult the AHRC website: or contact Jill Mustard, details below.

Research Leave

    9 March 2006

    Research Leave scheme funds replacement teaching costs for three or four months so that scholars can complete a research project. The AHRC expect their contribution to be matched by the employing institution.

Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts

    The most recent deadline for this (29 September) has just passed. The likely next deadline will be in September 2006.

    Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts provide support for the appointment of a full-time practice-led researcher in the creative and performing arts. A flat rate grant is provided to cover salary, on-costs and overheads for a period up to three years.

Research Networks and Workshops

    As reported in the first issue of this Newsletter, the AHRC has recently launched its new Research Networks and Workshops scheme. The scheme is designed to enable the discussion and development of ideas by


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    researchers across and between disciplines, either through establishing new research networks or by running a series of workshops, seminars or similar events.

Two types of award are available:

    1. A research workshops award: up to ?10,000 over one year to cover the costs involved in organising a short-term series of workshops, seminars or other events, to advance rapidly thinking on a specified thematic area, issue or problem.

    2. A research network award: up to ?20,000 over two years for costs towards the establishment of a network to be a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas on a specified thematic area, issue or problem.

    Between 10 and 20 networks or workshops will be funded in any one year. The scheme will operate without formal deadlines. Applications can be submitted at any time of the year and you will be informed of the outcome of your application approximately four months from the date the application is submitted.

    Details of the scheme and applications material are available from the AHRC website:

    For further information about the Research Networks and Workshops scheme please contact Carl Dolan, Programme Development Officer, details below.

General information on AHRC funding applications

At present, all applications must be submitted using the new „fEC-

    compliant‟ AHRC research forms, available from

    Wimbledon School of Art will shortly be registered to use the Je-S (Joint Electronic Submission) system more information to be circulated

    shortly. Queries about Je-S, AHRC schemes and deadlines should be addressed within WSA to Susie Morrow (, Ext.

    5098). AHRC contacts for specific AHRC schemes are as follows:

Research Grants:

    Ian Broadbridge

Research Leave:

    Anne Sofield <>

    Small Grants and Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts: Jane Parsons

Resource Enhancement scheme

    Jill Mustard, tel. 0117 9876 680

Research Networks and Workshops scheme


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    Carl Dolan, Programme Development Officer, tel. 0117 987 6682


A selection is shown below.

20 October

    Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

    The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers Fellowships to British citizens from all walks of life and backgrounds to acquire knowledge and experience abroad. Applications for the 2006 categories are now open, and 'The Churchill Connection' is open to anyone with a project relating to Winston's interests, including literature, journalism and painting.

1 November

    New York, USA

    Sculpture Space

    Sculpture Space, Inc, 12 Gates Street, Utica, NY 13502, USA


    20 artists per year for two-month residencies, each receiving $2,000 stipend to help pay their residency expenses. Artists-in-residence are provided with the space, equipment, technical assistance, and specialized resources available in the Mohawk Valley, to make sculpture on a scale which they otherwise might not afford, in an environment conducive to experimentation. The public is periodically invited to quarterly work-in-progress receptions.

7 November

    Artsadmin Digital Media Bursary Scheme 2005/6

    Information and applications:

    Application by post or email

    Applications to: Nikki Tomlinson, Assistant Artists Advisor, Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS

    Tel: 020 7247 5102

    Fax: 020 7247 5103

    Minicom: 020 7247 5182

    Applications to:

    Artsadmin are offering four bursaries of ?4,000 to artists working with digital media who define themselves as disabled or deaf and are based in the London area. The scheme supports artists in experimenting with new ways of working and researching or taking ideas further, without the pressure to realize a final product. We define Digital Media as work that utilizes a digital process in its creation. This includes photography, video, print, music or sound production, the construction of materials through digital technology, computer-generated art, web or internet based work and live web-cast. Artists utilizing any of the above media within a live performance context can also apply, as well as those involved in practices where digital culture is the subject or content of the work. In addition to the bursary, each recipient is supported with a fund to cover to access and facilitation costs such as interpretation, travel and intermediaries. Artists considering applying are welcome to contact one of Artsadmin's artists advisors for an informal discussion, in person or by phone.

11-12 November


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    Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize

    Hand in site: FBA, 17 Calrton House Terrace, London SW1Y

    Entry forms: Parker Harris Partnership, PO Box 279, Esher, Surrey KT10 8YZ Tel: 01372 462 190


    Information and application forms:

    New prize for figurative painting, first prize of ?15,000. Set up by the Lynn Foundation and the Painters-Stainers' Company. Submit up to 2 original and recent 2-D works made within the last 12 months. 60 works selected for exhibition at Painters Hall in November-December 2005

1 December

    Crafts Council Development Award

    Tel: 020 7806 2501

    One-year scheme offering: a grant of ?2,500; equipment grants up to ?5,000 (Crafts Council contributes 50%); a residential course in business training, aimed specifically at the small creative practices; the provision, free of charge, of 1,000 postcards; inclusion on the Crafts Council?s Photostore.

15 December

    Shanghai, China

    Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art

    No.27 Duolun Road, HongKou District, Shanghai 200081, China

    Contact: Biljana Ciric

    Tel: 00 86 21 65 87 59 96

    Fax: 00 86 21 65 87 59 96


    Artist residencies of 2 to 6 months at the first (and for now only) museum of modern art in mainland China. Room, studio, and small stipend provided; artists responsible for costs of travel. Open to international and Chinese professional artists at all stages of their careers in the visual arts.


    Cash Machine or Development Agency? The role of Foundations in the 21st century Reading University, 6-8 September 2005

    Independent grant-makers in the UK - ie Trusts and Foundations - are responsible for some ?2 billion in funding each year. But is the act of giving enough? Do they have a role in shaping priorities and practice? How involved should they be in setting the agenda?

    These were the key themes discussed at the 2005 conference of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the umbrella body which represents the UK Trusts and Foundations sector. Speakers represented a range of positions. At one end of the spectrum, is the more traditional approach of simply awarding grants reactively, on the basis of need, to organisations representing the grass roots of voluntary sector practice, such as not-for-profit arts organisations. At the other end is the new Venture Philanthropy, a phenomenon modelled on the practices of the private sector, where the grant giving organisation gets involved with the recipient organisation in a more 'hands on' way in order to influence and support organisational development and build capacity. Keynote contributors included Fiona Mactaggart, the Home Office Minister with


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    responsibility for a new Volunteering and Charitable Giving Unit, and Geraldine Peacock, Chair of the Charity Commission, the regulatory body for the charitable sector in England and Wales. Paul Glinkowski -

    Rootstein Hopkins Research Fellow

On 27 September, Dr Malcolm Quinn took part in an AHRC Strategic

    Priorities Seminar on the 'Globalisation of Knowledge'. The development of a new set of AHRC Strategic Programmes, which will dedicate funding to key research themes, is intended to focus on issues of central concern to both the Arts and Humanities research community and the wider public.

    Been to a conference lately? Like to tell the Wimbledon research community about it? Conference reports for future issues of this newsletter are welcome please e-mail them to:


    On 28 September, Dr Malcolm Quinn from WSA and Dr Dany Nobus from Brunel University were in conversation with Dr John Roberts, Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, concerning their book 'Knowing Nothing, Staying Stupid: Elements of a Pyschoanalytic Epistemology' (Routledge July 2005). This event took place at the Royal College of Art; it was recorded and excerpts will be put on the WSA website.


    Selected websites relevant to research in higher education in the UK:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

    United Kingdom Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)

    Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE)

    Research Centre staff will be happy to help you with any queries you may have in these areas. Research-related information is now also available on the „Research‟ page of the WSA Intranet.


The Battle of Ideas “The Humanist Project in the 21st Century”

    The AHRC is sponsoring this debate as part of the Institute of Ideas "Battle of Ideas", a two day festival aiming to create an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and open-ended exploration of new ideas, innovative research and academic trends. This debate will consider what it means to


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    be human. Different historical periods have generated distinct narratives, attributing human beings with more or less control over our destiny. The debate will explore both heroic notions of humanity and looking at evidence which reminds us of the dark side of the human potential. Speakers include Professor A C Grayling and Professor Raymond Tallis, and that the debate will be chaired by Claire Fox, Director of the Institute for Ideas.

    The "Battle of Ideas" takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October at the Royal College of Art, London SW7. The Humanist Project in the 21st Century will run from 4pm-5:30pm on 30th October. For further details visit

    New staff and recent developments at the Research Centre

This issue of the Research Newsletter focuses on the engine room.

    the engine room is a centre for the development and promotion of projects to bring Enterprise, Research and Community together around arts-based activities to build sustainable systems of knowledge transfer about the impact of the arts within society. the engine room has 5 main

    focus areas namely:

    Vacant Building Creative Education International

    Spaces Community Professional Increasing links

    Extending Fostering Encouraging access, Promoting

    the local professional learning sustainable

    boundaries communities capacities for and international

    of curatorial and creative knowledge partnerships

    and businesses industry and transfer in through

    performance through the entrepreneurs the arts scholarship,

    practices social, through all research and

     economic levels of advocacy in

     and cultural formal and the arts

    impact of the informal

    arts education

    the engine room undertakes research, community projects,

    consultancies, education services, professional development, events, performances and exhibitions. the engine room projects involve

    partnerships, research, knowledge transfer, community, enterprise, businesses, capacity building, professional development, dissemination, outreach and advocacy. the engine room can assist you to devise and

    develop projects and initiate networks and meetings. We encourage you to build collaborations, both within Wimbledon and across the broader community. In a practical way, the engine room can support and advise

    on projects and help you to advance applications/proposals. While we do not hold project funds, through our contacts we may be able to assist in negotiating funding. We can provide management and support for projects and assist in the successful realisation of your projects. An important focus of what we do is to generate arts advocacy. This is achieved through a combined programme of professional development and communication and dissemination strategies. A key part of the sustainability of the engine room and the continued provision of quality research and community projects is reliant upon detailed impact


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