Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship | Refugee Art Dealers in the UK



Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London and BURU (Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Immigrant Contribution to British Visual Culture since 1900) welcome applications for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship: Refugee Art Dealers in the UK: New Artists, Networks and Approaches. This is offered under the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership Scheme, to begin in October 2019.

This project proposes an in-depth study of the role of refugee art dealers in London from the mid 1930s to the 1960s. The research aims to document the diverse roles that such little researched refugees of both sexes played in opening the British art world to new forms of modern and contemporary art, both local and international, innovative gallery systems and the forging of links between differing communities of refugees, and national and international artists and collectors.

The majority of the research will be archive and collection based, initially researching the extensive art collection and archives of BURU alongside other private and public collections. Informed by current research on refugee experience, exile and diaspora, and oral histories the project enables the selected applicant to focus on specific case studies or themes that would be realized through the thesis and an accompanying exhibition at the Ben Uri that speaks to a wide range of audiences.

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the studentship covers tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. Students can apply for an additional six months stipend to engage in extended development activities such as work placements. See AHRC funding and training for full details.

Expression of interest for this project should be sent by email to Emily Bowles: no later than Monday 3 December 2018: 5.00pm (GMT)

Full details can be found here