December 13, 2006 - Situations - Research Fellow in Commissioning Contemporary Art
December 13, 2006

Research Fellow in Commissioning Contemporary Art

Research Fellow in Commissioning Contemporary Art
c. £30,000

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Closing date for applications: 8 January 2007


Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol is seeking a full-time Research Fellow to join its expanding staff team. Situations is a research and commissioning programme dedicated to broadening notions of place and context in contemporary art. In association with Dartington College of Arts and ProjectBase in South-West England, Situations has been awarded a Great Western Research Fellowship grant to create a research alliance of international significance in visual arts commissioning.

The project acknowledges that whilst the commissioning of place-based contemporary art works is dominating the visual arts sector nationally and internationally, there has never been a comparative study of commissioning methods across different visual arts sectors from large-scale international exhibitions to urban regeneration programmes, from gallery off-site projects to commissioning agency models.

The Fellow will undertake an ambitious comparative study of commissioning methods across five international visual arts sectors and will make a substantial contribution to published research, working collaboratively with the Situations team and our two South-West partners to co-ordinate a programme of internationally-focused public events.

Based at the Bush House office in the centre of Bristol, this position will be instrumental in delivering this ground-breaking research project entitled Locating the Producers. The timescale of the project is spring 2007 to winter 2009. There is potential for the Research Fellowship to be renewed beyond 2009.

We are seeking a dynamic and creative individual with experience of commissioning and/or published research or criticism in commissioning and curating contemporary art. Training in qualitative research methods will be given, though experience of academic research at post-doctoral level is desirable. A thorough knowledge of contemporary curatorial discourse and an interest in issues of site and context specificity are essential.

Dependent on skills and experience, the expected starting salary will be c£30k on the Research Fellow grade.

Visit for further details or telephone the UWE 24 hour answer-phone service on 44 117 328 2890 to request documents by post. Please quote reference R/10977/AM. Closing date for applications: 8 January 2007. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 31 January 2007 at Bush House, 72 Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4HN, UK.

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