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School of Art, Architecture & Design


PhD in Sculpture working with Yorkshire Sculpture International and Leeds Beckett University

Project description

Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI) is a unique partnership project that comprises the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We are working towards major sculpture exhibitions across the partner institutions and public realm commissions in Leeds and Wakefield taking place from June – October 2019 with a public engagement programme starting in Summer 2018.

Your background

We are looking for a suitable candidate who has a good undergraduate degree in the Arts (either a first or 2:1). They should be passionate about sculpture and aware of current debates in contemporary art practice. The candidate will be open to developing their PhD topic in dialogue with Yorkshire Sculpture International and the academic supervisory team at Leeds Beckett University. This will be suitable for a candidate who chooses to complete their PhD by practice or thesis.

The PhD student will contribute to the development of this project working three days a week with the Yorkshire Sculpture International team and the four gallery partners. The other two days will be independent study on their PhD plus academic tutorials with their supervisory team at Leeds Beckett University. This is a fully funded PhD scholarship with an annual tax free stipend for three years of £14,553 per annum.

Your application should include a two page statement (maximum and no smaller font than 12) that explains why you think you would be the ideal candidate for this opportunity & a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV). You should include in your CV the names of two referees  that we will only contact should you be successful at interview. Interviews will be held in January 2018, with a commencement of the role in February 2018. 

Please contact Professor Simon Morris for further information: s.dc.morris@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Application deadline: 3 December 2017

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