PhD Studentship | Picturing Whiteness: Race Representation in the National Collection of British Art 1700s to Now | Tate and University of the Arts London

Tate and University of the Arts London are delighted to offer a fully-funded PhD studentship, to commence 1 October 2019.

The doctoral project will develop new ways of addressing raced representation in the national collection of British Art by focusing on the visualisation of white identities and ‘whiteness’ in specified artworks, their institutional and historiographical interpretation and the critical challenges of recognising whiteness in a specifically national art-historical context.

The project will take the Tate display Picturing Blackness in British Art 1700s to Now (1995–96) as its point of departure. The exhibition was controversial and divisive in its time and the project will build on the history of this discussion and tackle the debates in a way which should actively engage with and inform curatorial practice at Tate Britain and beyond.

Like the 1995–6 display, ‘Picturing Whiteness’ should seek to address some of the ‘myths of Britishness’ and show how ‘radical differences have been a persistent feature of artistic expresssion’ and that ‘the complex and shifting symbolism of “race” has been important to several generations of artists’.

For further details and how to apply:

Closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2019.

Interviews will be held in June/July at Tate Britain.

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