The transferware engraver; practice, scope and impact at the Spode Works

This research will examine the role of the copper-plate engraver in the transfer-printed ceramic industry, notably the process of image selection, use and modification. The literature on transfer-printed pottery is largely orientated to the collector and researched by collectors and dealers. Investigations have mainly dealt with factory identification, date, pattern derivation and evaluation of merit and value. My theoretical approach is one of scientific connoisseurship, material culture studies and new art history that includes the social and cultural context. Ultimately, the research will provide justification for saving and preserving the Spode copper plate archive.

Conferred 2018

Deep Surface: A practice based enquiry of the picture plane.

How do we understand the active interchange between the outer face of an artwork and its inward-facing components, be these a design, a trace or a generating framework?

Over the course of the PhD enquiry I aim to interrogate physically through the making of artworks and theoretically, through a contextual underpinning, the depth of surface as a dense, complex and vacillating plane. The research aims to unpick the interplay between the outer public layer and the structure below, contributing to a new understanding of the picture plane within two dimensional Fine Art practice.

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.

Conferred 2015

An Enquiry Into Artist Development (AD): Using Castlefield Gallery (CG) as a case study, can an understanding of AD inject a new perspective into the debate around the value of the arts?

My research aims to to capture, analyse, critically evaluate and contextualise artist development practices using methods that include participant observation and interviews.

Conferred 2017

Architecture of the photographic print: the spatial and dimensional relations between photography, print and architecture

A practice-led enquiry into the spatial and dimensional relations between photography, print and architecture.

Image and text in the construction of Greek national imaginaries. Pyrsos magazine in the GDR, 1961–1968

The research seeks to identify the ways in which the magazine’s editorial and art direction practices portrayed a space in which the refugees constructed their identity, their relationship to their homeland (Greece), their lives under “Real existing Socialism’ (mainly in the German Democratic Republic) and produced national(ist) imaginings.

The development of clothing concepts in response to analysis of changing gendered social attitudes.

This interdisciplinary study mixes practice and participant-based enquiry informed by phenomenology. It aims to understand the motivations of women who choose to wear male gendered clothing for fashion and to use this to question gender assignment in clothing, through practical experimentation. Fashions’ relationship with current social attitudes, particularly referencing gender assignment, will be explored. The PhD specifically aims to develop an experimental design approach by reviewing and reflecting on the process of constructing a series of garments which respond to women’s gender related preferences.

Central Lancashire New Town 1965-1986

From 1965 Lancashire, in the North West of England, became the focus of a major renewal scheme: the creation of a new ‘super-city’. The last and largest New Town designated under the 1965 Act, the proposed city, called Central Lancashire New Town (CLNT), differed from other New Towns.

The artists and arts policy conundrum: The relationship of arts policies to artists’ creative practices and their livelihoods

Research which reflects on key UK arts policies intended to support the creative practices and the livelihoods of artists and gathers new evidence of artists’ perceptions of the contexts and conditions they feel they need, to generate a rationale for conducive environments which can better foster the talents of artists.

How Can Youth Be Celebrated Through Sculpture in the Public Realm?

This practice lead research investigates way in which sculpture can represent young people in the public realm. Whereby both, the public space of the municipal exhibition space and the public space of an urban park are investigated.