Research Degrees Co-ordinator - Art and Design
Dr Sian Vaughan (nee Everitt), Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Art and Design and Site Director for the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C).
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.
Sian is currently:
- Research Degree Coordinator for Art & Design
- M3C Site Director
- A PhD Supervisor
- A mentor and assessor for Birmingham City University’s UKPSF professional recognition scheme
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)
- Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
- Society for Research into Higher Education
- Research training
- Public Art
- Museum and archive studies
Areas of expertise:
- Creative practice and archives
- Public art and arts organisations
- 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 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.
Sian is currently Director of Studies for five PhD students and a supervisor for a further three PhD students in the following areas:
- Figuring the materiality of algorithms: the undecidable iterations of digital art practices
- From re-construction to co-production: the past and present authorship of participatory art exhibitions.
- Graphic DNA: tracing urban developments through environmental lettering
- Installation art and women’s issues in Saudi Arabia
- The pedagogical potential of participatory art-practices
- The poetic mechanics of erasure: practicing the minor politics of sound recording
- “What role can the artist - run space play in addressing and forming publics?
- The visual arts in urban regeneration: a comparative analysis of Birmingham and Liverpool
Previous successful students have studied:
- The educational significance of the Shanghai Biennale
- Corporeal connections in contemporary landscapes
- The visual culture of guai in China from 1949 to 1978
She is interested in supervising students in the fields of public art, archives and galleries, artistic research, and education in HE.
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, pp.211-231 [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, pp.126-141 [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]
2019 Hill, G. & Vaughan, S. “Cirque du Research Supervision: New research approaches for research supervisor professional development” in 3rd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education & Training: Conference Proceedings [forthcoming]
2018 “Art and sonic mining in the archives: methods for investigating the wartime history of Birmingham School of Art”, History of Education, v.47, n.2, 225-240, DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2017.1420244
2017 Hill, G. & Vaughan, S. “Conversations about research supervision – enabling and accrediting a Community of Practice model for research degree supervisor development”, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2017.1406388
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]
2018 “Artists Methods in the Lace Archive” catalogue essay in A. Bracey & D. Maier (eds) Bummock: The Lace Archive, Waddington: FTB Press, ISBN 978-1-9998830-1-0
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
2018 “Uncomfortable truths and dislocated communities in changing times: barriers, bridges and hierarchies between researcher developer, PGR and supervisor communities” (with J. Taylor) SRHE International Annual Conference, Newport, December
2018 “Bummock for Bummock’s Sake? Investigating the how and why of artists’ research practices in archives” Rethinking the Past: International Conference Memory / Archive / Document - Arts and Architecture, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (Portugal), November
2018 What is Research? The Midlands Higher Education & Culture Forum, Nottingham, October
2018 “Dislocated communities? Bringing together researcher developer, PGR and supervisor communities” (with J. Taylor) UKCGE Annual Conference, Bristol, July
2018 “Artists working in/with Archives” Bummock: The Lace Archive Symposium, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, January
2017 “Metaphors and images as tools in doctoral supervision” (with E. Miller) SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, December.
2017 “Changing Supervisory Practices - a case for transformative inquiry” (with G. Hill) SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, December.
2017 “Cirque du research supervision: new approaches for research supervisor professional development” (with G. Hill) 3rd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education, Stratford-upon-Avon, April.
2016 “Troubling conversations around research supervision: what do supervisors bring to and want from supervisor development?” (with G. Hill), SRHE Annual Research Conference, Newport, December.
2016 “Conversations about research supervision – enabling and accrediting a Community of Practice model for research degree supervisor development” (with G. Hill) 21st Annual SEDA Conference Surviving and Thriving - Effective Innovation and Collaboration in the New Higher Education, Brighton, November.
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