Contemporary Curating - MA

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Fees:
£6,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

MA Contemporary Curating recognises the increasingly vital role curatorial practice plays in the representation and interpretation of art. Curators are employed in numerous roles in galleries and the public realm, local communities, mass media and digital art.

Curation finds its critical framework in relationship to contemporary discourse and context, art theory and philosophy, exploring curators’ engagement with art in the contemporary world. We have strong links with art galleries, museums and alternative arts communities.

What's covered in the course?

This stimulating course offers you a specialist education in Contemporary Curating. It covers the latest developments in the activities of professionals working across varied curatorial and art-related disciplines. It is firmly founded upon the consideration of curatorial practice in relationship to historical, cultural and theoretical issues and enables you to establish a contemporary critical framework for your work.

You will develop key practical, theoretical and professional skills through project based and written submissions building your knowledge of a range of curatorial practices through seminar-based modules and live projects in the on-site university gallery, Article.

There is scope to work on external live projects too, and you will be encouraged to do so. You will also have the opportunity to personalise your learning through the modules you choose. The course responds to the needs of creative industries for well-informed, critically astute curators and researchers. It prepares you for life as a professional curator, a PhD researcher or to work in other career areas.

Our academic team is highly experienced with national and international research profiles, for example course director Mona Casey is an internationally recognised curator and author.

You will be located at Birmingham School of Art (Margaret Street), a fine example of Venetian Gothic architecture and an impressive purpose built Grade I listed art school.

As well as your core and option modules, you'll also have the chance to take part in our studio seminar series, which accommodate your particular interests and aim to provide a balance of topics dealing with contemporary art practice and theory.

The focus on art-based practice reflects our commitment to the making of art as a significant and viable form of knowledge in its own right and the importance placed on your practice within the context of the course. You will have the opportunity to work with other students to organize exhibitions in the city and will be encouraged take part in such initiatives.

“The MA course in Contemporary Curatorial Practice allowed me to combine my theoretical art knowledge with practical application. I specifically wanted the MA to facilitate a career change so that I could work in the arts full time.

Studying here opened up a number of significant opportunities for me, with local institutions, new networks, local and national artists and other students. The course also helped me to understand the wider arts ecology.

The staff and students are highly supportive, backed up with interesting and diverse guest speakers and tutors. I am now considering PhD study as a result.” Sonya Russell-Saunders, graduate

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham School of Art is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for art-based learning and research.
  • You will become a valued member of the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR).
  • CFAR researchers are linked to national and international research fellows, artists-in-residence, visiting professors and research networks.
  • The School supports two internationally recognised contemporary galleries (Eastside Projects and Article), and an internationally renowned independent publishing house (Article Press).
  • The MA Contemporary Curating course has a significant international reputation with alumni working in institutions and organisations worldwide.
  • You may interact with students from other Master’s courses in the School and wider faculty/university.
  • You will be supported by a highly professional staff team, doctoral researchers, external professionals; artists and technical demonstrators in a caring and supportive environment.
  • We have good external links with international galleries and organisations in the creative industries and wider communities.
  • A high number of graduates have been awarded fully funded Arts and Humanities Research Council and Birmingham City University Scholarships for PhD study.
  • Financial support for full time study may be available via Birmingham City University Scholarships and the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest.
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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Either a degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £6,500
PT 2 years £3,250 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC
PT 2 years TBC

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International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

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The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is available part-time

On receipt of your application form, your application will be considered and you may be called for interview. After interview, if you are considered suitable for the course you will receive an offer of a place.

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000?

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Stage 1: PgCert

All Art Based Master’s (ABM) courses consist of two core modules (specialist and discipline specific); two common core modules (followed by all ABM students) and a range of option modules (shared by all ABM students) from which you chose to undertake two in Stage 1. You may also follow another option module in Stage 2.

Models and Methods of Curatorial Practice: core module
30 credits

The module examines: curatorial practice and exhibition making; the museum and gallery as context and framework; artist-run space; the rise of the artist/curator and alternative curatorial practices and contexts; curating for new media and technologies and craft and design. It considers issues of audience and project development for social inclusion.

Select two option modules
15 credits

See option modules tab for further information.

Stage 2: PgDip

You will take the core module, plus one of the following:

  • Research in Practice (30 credits)
  • Research in Practice (15 credits) and an option module (15 credits)
Contemporary Curatorial Practice - core module
30 credits

You will work collaboratively to present/develop artworks that relate to a specific context or setting whilst developing an awareness of issues of space, place and location and the interrelationships between individual works in a given site or context. You will work as a team toward the realisation of the project.

Research in Practice (common core module)
15/30 credits

This module enables you to develop and apply the knowledge and understanding you have gained and introduces you to research strategies in the arts in a series of methodology talks, workshops and student led seminars. It gives you the opportunity to adopt approaches in research applicable to your own activities.

Select one option module
15 credits

Select one option module, only if Research in Practice is followed at 15 credits.

See option modules tab for further information.

Stage 3: Masters

You will complete a final dissertation.

Final Presentation / Dissertation (core module)
60 credits

This module allows you to build on the knowledge gained so far and enables you to synthesise and resolve your artistic practice or dissertation. You will work together to organise a public exhibition, develop an equivalent presentation or submit a dissertation. You may also present both practical and written work.

Option modules

The Art Based Master’s Programme is an integrated framework that allows you to build your own course. Core modules in any given course become option modules in all other courses. You will have an opportunity to engage with students from diverse learning and professional experiences. Various freestanding options are available.

Art in the Public Realm
15 credits

This module addresses ways in which art can be mobilised to improve people’s lived experience. It considers how notions of the public, public and community art are defined and examines issues and debates of inclusion, access, identity/difference, government and regional arts policy and the importance of documentation, accountability and evaluation.

Arts, Health and Therapeutic
15 credits

This module explores art and the therapeutic benefits of making, practice as a set of three activities concerning the relationship between three elements: the creator, the art object and another who facilitates. The module explores professional meanings and theoretical frameworks, equipping you with the knowledge to negotiate the field.

Arts Policy and Cultural Planning
15 credits

This module examines arts’ processes and contexts and their relationship to the State. It considers the UK’s history of cultural policy since WWII and the impact of the Arts Council. Main themes include: the history of arts policy, contemporary policy‐making, and examining various funding systems to develop successful grant applications.

Changing Paradigms
15 credits

This module explores visual culture focusing on methodologies, critical theory, cultural studies and historiography of the discipline. Various analytical tools are experienced: iconographical analysis, formalism, semiology, social contextualisation, post-colonialism and theories of representation. You will examine the cultural politics that continually frame knowledge and the theoretical models for deconstructing it.

Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics
15 credits

This module examines why and how the fine arts can be explored when the foundations of modern/contemporary political philosophy and its relation to the social are at the forefront of scholarship. It sets the stage, epistemologically and methodologically, giving you a critical knowledge of the complexities underlying our contemporary world.

Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination
15 credits

This module explores publishing as a dynamic contemporary art-form, a vehicle for disseminating ideas and an exploration of radical formats for bringing your art to a wider public arena. Emphasis is placed on practical outcomes and the exploration of creative modes of dissemination whilst exploring contemporary debates surrounding artists' publishing.

Discourses in Art and Design
15 credits

This module examines key concepts in western art and design from mid-nineteenth century onwards. Through chronologically arranged presentations, topical issues are introduced from across art and design. Indicative topics: the western canon; approaches and methodologies; design ethics; the changing role of the artist; primitivism and ethnography; postmodern fashion and gender.

Global Innovations in Arts Practice Education
15 credits

This module examines arts and education since 2000. It maps contemporary educational and artistic trends, and the political and cultural contexts within which art education is located internationally. Indicative topics: Governmental initiatives, new technologies, globalisation, intercultural considerations, application to contexts, formal school-based, museum and gallery education and participatory community arts.

Managing Arts Events and Projects
15 credits

This module examines the role of events and exhibitions: selecting venues, interpersonal skills, audience development and qualitative and quantitative analysis. The module explores concepts and themes in event management: developing relationships, integrating multiple sub-events, sustaining and developing brands. You will also consider the marketing, planning, managing and evaluating of events.

Narratives in Arts and Design Education
15 credits

This module explores histories of art and design education between the fifteenth and late twentieth centuries. Narrative themes are introduced in relationship to art and art educational practices and the influence of educational beliefs upon the nature of art education. These periods and influences are also examined within ideological/cultural frameworks.

Photography and the Archive
15 credits

This module explores the relationship between photography and the archive, the definition and application of documentary photography in relationship to the archive through theoretical and practical methods. It interrogates ideas of objectivity and indexical veracity, demanding an inquisitive approach to questions on the uses of historic and contemporary archive material.

Photography as Research
15 credits

Employing theoretical and practical methods this module explores the spectrum of therapeutic photography when the image is a tool for enhanced self-awareness. A key question concerns the role of the technology of photography in framing our world. The module therefore examines the ethical and participatory concerns of therapeutic photographic practice.

Queer Strategies in Practice
15 credits

This module explores queer models of practice that examine the complex relationships between image and text, making and writing, modes of representation, performativity and queering. Indicative topics: historical representation and societal change, queer practices beyond representation, queer figures, affective reading, contemporary art, activist and interventionist strategies, film and collaborative practice.

Small Arts Business Set-up
15 credits

This module explores entrepreneurship and small business start-up within the arts and creative industries and how entrepreneurial ideas are formed. Indicative topics: arts and creative industries; cultural entrepreneurs; economic development role of entrepreneurship within the arts, creative industries and society; practicalities of business start-up and business operations within the sector.

Social Practice in the Visual Arts
15 credits

This module examines art as social practice and models of art practice in social contexts: urban, rural and transnational contexts and places of labour, health, post-conflict and post-traumatic societies. It considers the history and development of social practice and the impact it has as a generative and transformative artistic activity.

Strategic Marketing for the Arts
15 credits

The module addresses the central role of marketing in modern business and explores the design and construction of brand identities, the role of creativity in advertising and marketing, and the importance of understanding consumers. Indicative topics: advertising; marketing strategy; market research and consumer psychology in the arts and creative industries.

Technical Methods and Workshop Practice
15 credits

The module is workshop-led and enables you to engage in practical hands on experience for example in print, plaster, lens based, digital media, 3D modelling and printing. You will demonstrate the breadth and depth of what you have learned by developing a portfolio of evidence recording your engagement with processes or skills.

Untimely Meditations
15 credits

This module focuses on exploring the shift from an understanding of identity, selfhood and sexuality, as linked to representational logics, to introduce you to non-representational methods of practice. You will investigate the radical consequences of such moves to re-situate time, space and speed as relative conditions to identity and art.

Well-being and Mindfulness: Context and Environment
15 credits

This module explores well-being and mindfulness in relationship to historical and contemporary debates on creative practices that are context based and environmental in nature. The module considers the history of arts practices, land art and environmental art, towards an understanding of the embeddedness of contemporary art as collective and shared.

Preparation for Masters Practice (Extended PgCert Module)
15 credits

This module has been designed to enable you to engage with the ABM Programme over an extended period. It enables you to review your practice in response to the demands of Master’s study and introduces you to contemporary ideas in art and theory enabling you to develop your study plan.

On this course, you’ll learn by taking part in a variety of activities, including:

  • Independent learning
  • One to one tutorial support
  • Group tutorials
  • Taught staff led seminars
  • Student led seminars
  • Studio seminar series (visiting artists/professionals’ talks)
  • Lectures and conferences
  • Library research/resources
  • Field trips (where appropriate).

The core module for this course (Advanced Practice) enables you to build on your existing art practice and actively encourages you to develop your work through practical experimentation and critical engagement so as to develop a renewed understanding of what you are trying to achieve.

You’ll also follow two option modules of your choice, which will enable you to inform your art practice in a new way and, where you deem it appropriate, as part of an informed dialogue with philosophy, theory and context.

You'll follow the other common core modules (Research in Practice and Final Presentation or Dissertation) alongside other students on Arts-based Master's courses. Research in Practice provides you with the opportunity to deepen your engagement with your chosen research topic as a means of underpinning your work in the final presentation or dissertation. These modules are designed to be flexible so that as a practitioner you can chose to develop a body of work for final exhibition or work towards a dissertation. There is also scope to submit a negotiated submission that may be both practical and written in nature if you wish. 

You'll also have the chance to take part in our studio seminar series, which accommodate your particular interests and aim to provide a balance of topics dealing with contemporary art practice and theory. They aim to explore a set of problems, polemics and debates within which artists operate and which you should address. Where possible they are conducted by both School of Art staff and visiting lecturers: artists, critics, curators, writers and other related professionals.

You will develop your knowledge artworks and display and examine recent developments in curatorial practice.

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Student stories – Sonya Russell-Saunders

Sonya is a freelance curator / researcher, partner in Companis and co-founder of The Wig exhibition space and studios.

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Overseas opportunities

As an Art Based Master’s student you can study abroad through the Erasmus Plus scheme. This enables you to work abroad in an institution or professional organisation or one of our many international academic institutional partners for example in Rotterdam, Gent, Dublin and Rome.

You’ll be expected to research your proposed destination before making an application in consultation with your Course Director. The study period may be organised during or upon completion of your course and can last for up to 18 months. It offers a unique opportunity to network, make friends, enhance your CV and experience new cultures.

Further Study

You may like to study at Art and Design at PhD level.

By joining this world-leading research environment, you will be eligible to apply for the prestigious Midlands3Cities Consortium (£14.6 million research fund) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training award. This consortium enables strong research within the Midlands. A significant number of graduates have been highly successful as doctoral researchers receiving fully funded scholarships from Birmingham City University, the AHRC and the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest.

Trips and visits

As a Master’s student, you’ll benefit from the trips run annually by Birmingham School of Art. Recent visits have included Berlin, Florence, Liverpool, London, New York and Venice.

You’ll also be encouraged to operate independently and visit regional and national cultural centres such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ikon, Eastside Projects, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Nottingham Contemporary, Tate Modern, ICA, Tate Liverpool and independent and alternative spaces in Birmingham and beyond. 

Enhancing your employability skills

Studying an arts based Master’s course in curation, will help you to pursue or develop your career in a range of related professions across the creative industries. This course will help to enhance your skillset and employability and either progress in your existing role or achieve your career ambitions in a new direction.

When you study with us you’ll learn all the key aspects of curatorial practice and be able to identify the boundaries, relationships and application of theory involved.

There are no typical curatorial practice students. You will develop to suit your own creative ambitions. You’re encouraged to be entrepreneurial and use your time to test different options for your future career.

Recent graduates have set up their own galleries, while others have progressed to various careers and roles including teaching and education, curators in museums, galleries and art centres and exhibition design and interpretation at leading local, regional, national and international institutions.

Several modules on this course have been specifically designed to equip you with valuable transferable skills, for example Managing Arts Events and Projects; Contemporary Curatorial Practice; Small Arts Business Set Up and Creative Publishing and Public Dissemination. These transferable skills include:

  • Thinking in a creative, imaginative and speculative manner.
  • Demonstrating communication and presentation skills in practical, written and verbal forms.
  • Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility in a range of contexts.
  • Reflecting and communicating in an articulate, informed, confident and effective manner.
  • Working independently while demonstrating initiative and self-reliance.
  • Demonstrating motivation, organisation, planning and effective strategising skills.
  • Showing a capacity for good time management.

With our partners, Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM), Eastside Projects and The Art Market, our students are actively linked with up-to-date local and regional opportunities. 

We maintain excellent connections with major city centre institutions such as Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (BMAG), Selfridges, Birmingham City Council and the Lunar Society, to name but a few, and are members of the Colmore Row Business District.

The School works with Savills, Capsticks, Associated Architects and Deutsche Bank, which also sponsors an annual award of £10,000 to support artists’ career development.

Placements

Placements are one of the possible ways of fulfilling your Research in Practice module and many students across the ABM Programme have chosen this route. There is scope for placements with a number of organisations in the city and beyond, however it is your responsibility to plan and organise your placement with the organisation you wish to work with.

Placements can allow you a great opportunity to gain insight into how an organisation works and your reflection on their activities can be useful to them as you develop your research. You will also find that this is a great way to meet and network with people in the creative industries. Our members of staff are available to guide you through this process.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Our OpportUNIty students

Two Art Based Master’s students, Jodie Wingham (MA Fine Art) and Tadas Stalyga (MA Radical Media Arts Philosophy) have been employed as workshop mentors. 

Graduate jobs

Many of our graduates have become highly successful professionals. Some of our graduates have gone on to set up their own galleries or work as curators in a variety of disciplines.

Others produce critical writing around curatorial issues, or become involved in running education programmes in the museum and gallery sector.

Student stories – Roma's story

Roma Piotrowska already had a few years' experience working in professional art galleries in Poland and the UK before starting the MA in Contemporary Curating.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

The Art Based Master’s Programme is an international community of aspiring researchers and professionals and the programme attracts candidates from all over the world including: Africa, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy,India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Taiwan and the USA.

This diversity provides you with an opportunity to study with people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and who bring a wealth of experience to the programme. This gives the ABM programme a dynamic energy that enriches everyone’s educational experience. 

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our contemporary curatorial practice course is most popular with international students from:

Erasmus+

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus+ scheme may be of interest to you. The Arts Based Masters Programme participates in this scheme. It allows you to undertake paid study leave for up to one year in one of over 30 arts institutions, universities and industry arenas throughout Europe.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Birmingham School of Art (an impressive purpose built Grade 1 listed example of Venetian Gothic architecture) was the first major renovation project undertaken by the university (£5.5m refurbishment). The School provides an incredible resource for the production of art and its associated fields of study. The building has a range of facilities available including studios, workshops, specialist art and design library, bookable spaces, lecture/seminar rooms and ARTicle Gallery.

Located next to the city centre’s Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the School is just a five-minute walk from the new Library of Birmingham and Ikon Gallery.

Students benefit from an environment which thrives on the everyday interaction of education, culture and professional practise.

Studios

Our studio spaces make excellent use of height and light, and a special screening system allows each full-time student a dedicated area to work in throughout their course.

Workshops

Workshops include one-to-one technical support and operate throughout the building, allowing you to develop ideas and skills working with print, wood, metal, plaster, photography, video, textiles, 3D printing, laser cutting and prototyping.

Library

The School of Art library contains a wealth of artists’ biographies, catalogues, art and design magazines and DVDs, all of which are updated throughout the year. The library is also linked to others across the University so you can order any additional materials you might need.

Social space

A new student-led social space, designed by School of Art students, is a great place to relax, grab a coffee, and catch up with friends. Students also display their work, host film showings and private-view receptions in this space.

Gallery

There are purpose-built spaces throughout the building to present your work, including areas for cabinet, wall and floor pieces, and installation project rooms.

ARTicle, our professional art gallery space, has proved a huge success and offers a diverse and exciting variety of shows every month.

Parkside Building

You will also be able to use facilities at our nearby Parkside Building, a new five-floor campus site packed with fashion design workshops, studios and social ‘collision spaces’ where you can share ideas with students and staff from different courses.

Meet our staff

Our academic team is a highly professional and dedicated group of curators and artists, philosophers and theoreticians, historians and educators with extensive expertise within their individual fields of research (see CFAR website for details). As an MA Contemporary Curating student you will encounter a range of staff members depending on which choices you make. You will be able to request tutorial support from other academic and technical members of staff and the PhD student group if it is important to your study.

Mona Casey (Course Director) is an artist, curator and writer and works in both national and international contexts. Her research is preoccupied with exploring curatorial structures, both conceptual and physical, which question the theatrical event of the ‘exhibition’ and its potential as a scenario/set. The rest of the academic team includes Beth Derbyshire (artist and public arts project management) and Professor Joshua Jiang (international curator and Director of the Chinese Centre of Visual Arts).

Mona Casey

Course Director, MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice

Mona Casey co-ordinates Slice, which circulates work through exhibitions, publications and online. She is also co-director of The Event, a bi-annual presentation of artist-led galleries and projects in Birmingham.

Beth Derbyshire

Beth Derbyshire

Researcher, Centre for Fine Art Research

Beth Derbyshire is a multi-disciplinary visual artist working in innovative ways in the public realm, embracing subjects such as war, remembrance, nationality and environment.

Professor Jiehong Jiang

Professor of Chinese Art

Jiang Jiehong (Joshua Jiang) moved to England from Shanghai in 1998 for his postgraduate study in MA Fine Art at BIAD. After obtained a PhD in 2002, Jiang has continued his research on contemporary Chinese art and visual culture.

In 2007, Jiang set up the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts in the Faculty, which constructs a unique academic network with two leading art institutions in China, Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (CAFA) and China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou (CAA).

He is now Professor of Chinese Art and Director of Centre for Chinese Visual Arts. He develops and delivers the annual short course of Research Method for doctoral studies as Visiting Professor at China Academy of Art, and has lectured at more than 30 art institutions across China.

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