Sian Vaughan

Research Degrees Co-ordinator - Art and Design

Birmingham School of Art
Email:
sian.vaughan@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
01213315968
Biography

Dr Sian Vaughan (nee Everitt) is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Art and Design, and the Keeper of Archives for the Faculty’s Art and Design Archives.

Sian is an art historian by training with research interests in the interpretation and mediation of engagement with art through the modalities of the archive and public art. More recently her work has questioned creative research practices and prompted a wider consideration of the doctoral student and supervisor experience. She enjoys working collaboratively and across disciplines.

She has previously worked teaching art and design history in Further and Higher Education. Her doctoral research was in the field of public art: "Defining Roles: the work of the Public Art Commissions Agency (PACA) 1987-1999" (UCE 2007). She has also since completed a Masters in Education, focusing on the research student experience and was recently awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Current Activity

Sian is currently:

-         Research Degree Coordinator for Art & Design

-         Keeper of Archives, Art & Design Archives

-         A PhD Supervisor

-         A mentor and assessor for Birmingham City University’s UKPSF professional recognition scheme

Qualifications

PhD “Defining Roles: the work of the Public Art Commissions Agency (PACA) 1987-1999” (2007)

M.Ed Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2012)

MA History of Art and Design (1997)

Memberships
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Royal West of England AcademyAcademic Advisory Group
  • Society for Research into Higher Education
Teaching

Teaching specialisms:

  •          Research training
  •          Public Art
  •          Museum and archive studies
Research

Areas of expertise:

  • Creative practice and archives
  •  Public art
  •  Research training
  • Doctoral supervision

Sian is an art historian by training with research interests in the interpretation and mediation of engagement with art through the modalities of the archive and public art. More recently her work has questioned creative research practices and prompted a wider consideration of the doctoral student and supervisor experience.

She is interested in critical studies of the contemporary practice of public art and the history of art in the public realm since the mid-twentieth century. Her current focus is on investigations of commissioning procedures, strategic frameworks and institutional motivations and how these converge or diverge from community participation and artistic intention. Her interest in the management and interpretation of archives focuses on creative practices of interpretation and in the use of archives and documentation in process-based and socially engaged arts practice. In particular this had led to a questioning of the conceptualisation and methodology of the archive. Her work in the field of doctoral education focuses on supporting the student and supervisor experience.

She enjoys working collaboratively and across disciplines and has disseminated her work widely through peer-reviewed chapters, journal articles and conference presentations in the fields of public art, museum studies, archives and education. 

Postgraduate Supervision

Sian is currently Director of Studies for four PhD students and a supervisor for a further three PhD students in the following areas:

  •          Installation Art and women’s issues in Saudi Arabia
  •          The educational significance of the Shanghai Biennale
  •          The pedagogical potential of participatory art-practices
  •          The role of the artist-run space play in addressing and forming publics
  •          Corporeal connections in contemporary landscapes
  •          The visual culture of guai in China from 1949 to 1978
  •          Graphic DNA: Tracing urban developments through environmental lettering

She is interested in supervising students in the fields of public art, archives and galleries, and art education.

Publications
Book chapters

2016   “Reflecting on Practice: Artists’ Experiences in the Archives” in F. Foscarni, H. Macneil, G. Oliver & B. Mak (eds) Engaging with Archives and Records: Histories and Theories, London: Facet Publishing, (in press) [ISBN: 9781783301584]

2016   J.Taylor & S.Vaughan “A Different Practice? Professional Identity and Doctoral Education in Art & Design” in V. Staley (ed) International Perspectives on Designing Professional Practice Doctorates: Applying the Critical Friends Approach to the EdD and Beyond, Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 978-1137527059]

2014   L.Hards, S.Vaughan & J. Williams 'Place-making and other purposes: public art on campus' in P.Temple (ed) The Physical University: Contours of space and place in higher education, Routledge International Studies in Higher Education series, Abingdon, pp.106-128 [ISBN: 978-0415662314]

2013   S. Vaughan & G. Williams “Student Engagement with Learning Resources in Art & Design: Seeding Possibilities” in  C. Nygaard, S. Brand,  P. Bartholomew  & L. Millard (eds) Student Engagement Through Partnerships, The International Academic Association for the Enhancement of Learning in Higher Education (LiHE), Oxford:  Libri Publishing, pp.17-34 [ISBN: 978-1907471650]

2007   “The Good, the Bad and the Accessible: 30 years of using new technologies in BIAD Archives” in Bentkowska-Kafel, A., Cashen, T. & Gardiner, H. (eds) Futures Past: Thirty Years of Arts Computing, Computers and the History of Art, volume 2, Bristol: Intellect, pp 77-85 [ISBN 978-1-84150-168-0]

2006   Biography of Marion Richardson (dictionary entry), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press

2002   PACA's Speculative Proposals - an alternative approach to Public Art”, The Arts in Urban Development, University of Barcelona, 2002, CD-ROM, [ISBN: 84-475-2622-4]

2000   “Birmingham” in Darke, J. (ed) A User’s Guide To Street Sculpture, London: English Heritage [ISBN: 1-85074776-8]

Journal articles

2015   Taylor, J. & Vaughan, S. “The same but different: researching and enhancing PGR employability and experience in Art & Design”, Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change, vol.1, no.2, pp.89-105 [ISSN: 2055-4990]

2015   Boultwood, A., Taylor, J. & Vaughan, S. “The Importance of Coffee: Peer Mentoring to support PGRs and ECRs in Art & Design” in: Vitae Occasional Papers volume 2: Research careers and cultures, CRAC, pp15-20 [ISBN: 978­1906774509] 

2013   “The Archive and Public Art: Archiving the Materialities of our times” in ‘Wet-Dry-thick-Thin (Getting Beyond the Raw and the Cooked’, Zetesis: Research generated by curiosity, vol. 1 no.2, November, pp49-57.

2009  “Arts & Economic Prosperity III: a review”, Cultural Trends, Vol. 18, No.4, December, pp 315-321.

2009   “Renaissance Revelations: hub museums and online documentation”, Cultural Trends, Vol. 18, No. 1, March, pp 89-95.

2008   “If Public Art Communicates, Who Chooses the Message? Birmingham’s Iron:Man as a case study in selection processes for public art”, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp47-54.

2007  “Archive or Museum - does it matter?”, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2006 (November) pp. 135-154. Altamira Press, Maryland, USA [ISSN: 1550 1906]

2005  “Opportunistic collaboration: unlocking the archives of the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design”, Program: Electronic library and information systems, vol. 39 no.4, 2005 (winter), pp.312-323, Emerald [ISBN / ISSN 0033-0337]

Other

2014   “The Art School, Society of Artists and the City”, catalogue essay in A Place for Art: the story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham: RBSA, pp.39-44

2008   “Birmingham School of Art and The Art of Birmingham”, catalogue essay in The Art of Birmingham 1890-2008, Birmingham City Council

2008   “Birmingham City University”, catalogue essay in Roe, S. (ed) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in Birmingham, London: Public Catalogue Foundation, pp.5-6

Selected Conference Papers, Seminars etc

2016   “Towards a Community of Practice – enabling conversations about research supervision” (with G. Hill) UKCGE Annual Conference, Liverpool, July.

2016   “Towards a Community of Practice – enabling conversations about research supervision in ADM” (with G. Hill) Pedagogy, Practice, Politics and Policy: Where to next in teaching, learning and research in education? CSPACE Annual Conference, Birmingham, July

2016   “Talking practice: the dialogic route to Senior Fellowship” (with S. Murphy) UKPSF Network Conference, Birmingham, May.

2015   “Practice-led research as changing practice: aspiration and identity in doctoral education” (with J. Taylor) SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, December.

2015   “Archivists vs. game designers? Creative collaborations and the making of archival games” (with N. Webber) RLUK Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference (DCDC15), Manchester, October

2015   “Reflecting on practice: artists’ experiences in the archives”, ICHORA7: Engaging with Archives and Records: Histories and Theories, Amsterdam, July.

2015   “Cake and conversations in the studio: difference and community in Arts & Humanities doctoral praxis”, (with J. Taylor), United Kingdom Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Annual Conference, Glasgow, July.

2015   “Placemaking – Public Art on Campus”, Curating the Campus symposium, University of Leeds, Leeds, June.

2015   “Community amongst misfits: the role of peers in Art & Design research”, (with J. Taylor, poster presentation), 2nd International Conference in Developments in Doctoral Education and Training (ICDDET), Oxford, March.

2014   “The collaborative implications of Art & Design research mentoring”, (with A. Boultwood & J. Taylor), International Journal of Art and Design annual conference, Liverpool, October

2014   “Peer Mentoring to Support Career Development” (workshop with A. Boultwood & J. Taylor), Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, Manchester, September

2014   “Creative Identity and Belonging in the Academe: the doctoral research experience in Art & Design” (with J. Taylor) IAFOR European Conference on Education: Transforming and Changing Education: Borderlands of Becoming and Belonging, Brighton, July

2014   “Glamour and curse: understanding shapeshifting and creative identity in Art and Design doctoral students” (with Dr J. Taylor), Higher Education Academy Arts & Humanities conference, Heroes and Monsters: extra- ordinary tales of learning and teaching, Manchester, June

2014   “Universities and Public Art”, CHES Seminar, Institute of Education, London, May

2012   “More than just art and artists: histories in the Birmingham School of Art Archive”, The Emergence of the West Midlands: Culture, Communities and Change 1779-1918, Centre for West Midlands History Birmingham, April

2012   “Art Archive Access: Preserving traces and creating possibilities in the archivalisation of public art”, Intersections Duration conference, Newcastle, March

2011   “The University and the Gallery” Public Evaluation Event, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, October

2009   “Archiving Public Art: Public Art as Archive”, Public Space, Art and Collective Memory, Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) Third Annual Conference, Birmingham, November

2008   “If Public Art Communicates, Who Chooses the Message? Birmingham’s Iron:Man as a case study in selection processes for public art”, 3rd International Arts in Society Conference, Birmingham, July