There are currently two Collaborative 3D3 Studentship Awards available:
- Consuming and presenting: Engaging in live performance and digital streaming practices (University of Plymouth)
- Digital Transformations: The History and Future of Gallery Education in the Context of Participatory Media (UWE)
Consuming and presenting: Engaging in live performance and digital streaming practices
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Founded in 1982, Theatre Royal Plymouth is a National Portfolio Organisation, receiving regular funding from Arts Council England, and committed to presenting a wide range of theatre, dance, and opera. They are also a registered charity, deeply committed to community practices and providing creative opportunities for people of all ages. The Theatre Royal Plymouth exists to enrich the lives of people from all sections of the community by providing the opportunity for everyone to engage in the exceptionally broad range of theatre they produce and present. Their contribution to the theatre landscape and the creative industries in the UK is achieved by collaboration with new and emerging artists, whilst developing lively and demanding audiences for the future. A £7 million Regeneration Project was completed in September 2013 which saw the renovation of the front of house area, as well as the addition of a community performance space called The Lab to sit alongside the Drum and Lyric stages. In 2017, The University of Plymouth, and Theatre Royal Plymouth, joined forces to launch the Plymouth Conservatoire. The remit of this joint venture is to provide professional quality training for actors, dancers and theatre-makers, delivered jointly by theatre and university staff. The co-delivery of programmes means students get the best of up-to-date industry expertise and access to the most current research and teaching practice.
We are seeking a PhD student to work with Theatre Royal Plymouth on a project that will digitise live performances for the purposeful use of both archive and widening access to materials. Of particular interest is a consideration of how digital storage and sharing techniques might make community engagement and participation in theatre practices more accessible, and introduce a more diverse audience to live performance. While recognising that in recent years, various theatre managers have raised questions about the potential ingress of digital documentation, and subsequent download and streaming might have upon theatre audiences, (see comments from Stephen Wood, Joseph Theatre – Scarborough and Michael Kaiser, Kennedy Centre – Washington), this project seeks to cast digital proliferation as a means to increase the visibility of live performance, and encourage the engagement of a wider demographic.
In line with the ethos and aims of the 3D3 Consortium, it is expected that any successful candidate would employ practice-based methodologies and research techniques in this project, and focus upon the specific affordances of digital and online documentation and broad / narrow-casting of materials. A key resource for this studentship is access to Theatre Royal Plymouth’s programme and engagement and learning department, and the range of practices developed therein. With support from Theatre Royal expertise, the successful student will be expected to generate a strategy and practice for the documentation, editing, and dissemination of performance materials. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to explore best practice for making this emerging archive available across a variety of streaming platforms, identify and communicate with theatres and live artists currently leading innovation at the international level. In order to support this development, 3D3 students are eligible to apply for a limited amount of funding to support travel costs for this purpose.
The academic supervisory team will be joined by the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Director of Engagement and Learning, who will contribute expertise to guide work during the course of the research, as well as providing mentorship, access to networks etc.
Academic Contact: Dr John Matthews, Programme Lead Acting – firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner Contact: Dr Mandy Precious, Theatre Royal Plymouth – email@example.com
Digital Transformations: The History and Future of Gallery Education in the Context of Participatory Media
Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts
Arnolfini is an international centre for contemporary arts in Bristol, England. It was set up in 1961 as one of the first galleries in the UK to bring the contemporary arts to regional audiences. It was also among the first mainstream galleries to integrate education into its remit, pioneering learning-through-making approaches, and a range of artist-led workshops for local schools and community groups. Since that time, creative education has been one of the most important aspects of Arnolfini’s work. This legacy, together with the history of gallery education in the UK more broadly, is an under-researched topic.
In 2017, Arnolfini began a process of re-imagining its future role in the city, and the arts centre as cultural education institution, and is doing this by initiating an open discussion with the public via physical and digital platforms.
We are seeking a PhD student to investigate the history of gallery education in the UK, and the future role of arts organisation in generating an expanded model of cultural education and participation, drawing on international models and experimental practices. Exploring the approaches of Arnolfini’s education programmes from their initiation to the present day and contextualising them within wider discourses of cultural education policy and socially-engaged art practice, this project will develop original knowledge and new insights relevant to debates around the future of arts centres in the 21st century and the remodelling of arts education and socially-engaged arts practice via the use of digital platforms. In line with the framework of the 3D3 Consortium, students would need to employ practice-based methodologies and research techniques in this project and consider the affordances of digital design and online and/or participatory media.
A key resource for this studentship is access to Arnolfini’s extensive archive collections, held at Bristol Archives. Over 6000 items from this collection are catalogued, but very little of the material pertaining to education – including documentation, correspondence, and publicity material – has been looked at in detail. The successful student will be expected to undertake some cataloguing, with support from Arnolfini staff. The student will also be encouraged to interview people previously involved with gallery education at Arnolfini (some of these have already been carried out and recorded) and those contributing to reshaping the centre for contemporary arts for the future. It is expected that the student will additionally identify a selection of arts organisations leading innovation at the international level to explore and 3D3 students are eligible to apply for a limited amount of funding to support travel costs for this purpose.
The academic supervisory team will be joined by the Arnolfini’s Archive Curator, who will contribute expertise to guide work on the archive during the course of the research, as well as mentorship, access to networks etc. In addition, Arnolfini will support the candidate in promoting public engagement around their research.
Academic Contact: Dr Gillian Swanson, UWE Co-Director 3D3 Training Centre – firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner Contact: Phil Owen, Arnolfini Archive – email@example.com