Granada Television: A Cultural History from the 1950s to 1970s.
This research explores the cultural and historical legacies of the Granada Television Company from the 1950s to 1970s. Funded by the AHRC (2016-2019) the project examines the company's reputation for being a socially-conscious ‘radical’ broadcaster, its presentation of youth culture and the development of Granada's visual identity and construction of place, focusing in particular on the organisation's presentation of Manchester.
Reading Socially Engaged Book Art: Establishing New Dialogues
To construct a critical framework in which to read socially engaged book art (2000 to present day), with reference to selected case studies, through the mapping of connections between production methods, themes and book forms.
Opening up the Wig: An exploration of the wig using photographic and sculptural strategies to reveal the relationships between the wig, the self, society and the construction of female identities.
My practice is situated in the intersection between sculpture and studio-based photography and will employ a range of strategies to unpack the function and definition of the wig, and interrogate the social context that currently produces and values it. This will involve investigating both the intention of the wig - representing, idealising and projecting the ‘feminine’ - and its material origins - the physicality of it and the cultural context that produces it. The female wig in particular offers a space for public and private ideas of femininity to interact. Women’s wigs can act as a metonym for the female body as both an artificial construct (the ideal female body), and an absence (the intended wearer, or, in the case of natural hair, the persons whose hair it was).
Representations of the working class in the UK within art; 1976 – 2014.
Utilizing an overall historical materialist approach and drawing upon the conceptual frameworks and empirical research of a number of proponents of class analysis, my research will investigate how the working class in the UK have been represented within art since 1976.
Dissecting The Site: an investigation of space, place and memory in Central Manchester Hospitals
In my art practice, I uncover hidden narratives, and use the material qualities of site and story to create visual artwork which speaks of what Christian Boltanski calls ‘small memories’, the overlooked or undocumented experiences of ordinary people.
Landscapes of Identity: Visual Mapping System – Place Identity – Ethnically Diverse City
This research argues that deterministic decisions to fundamentally evolve the planning and design process to accommodate the diversity and temporality of urban occupation based solely on conventional inventory and analysis are severely lacking in representing social and emotional aspects of place and geography (Toms 2010).
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