AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award 2013-2016

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award 2013-2016

“Do Networks Have Margins? Locating the Avant-garde of the 1960s: The performance works of Ivor Davies at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales”

Aberystwyth University and the National Museum of Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (AC-NMW), are pleased to invite applications for a three-year doctoral studentship, fully funded by the AHRC (full fees; annual stipend of £14,400; plus associated expenses of up to £1,000 per annum), to commence on 1 October 2013.

The research will be supervised by Professor Heike Roms (Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University) and Dr Jacqueline Yallop (English and Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University) and Nicholas Thornton (Head of Modern £ Contemporary Art, AC-NMW).

CLOSING DATE for applications: 5 July 2013

INTERVIEWS to be held on the 19 July 2013 (Cardiff)

STARTING DATE: 1 October 2013 (a later start date of 1 January 2014 will also be considered)


The doctoral project will examine the role that international networking activities played in the development of performance art in the UK in the 1960s. It will undertake its analysis through the lens of one of the seminal international art gatherings of the period, the Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) in London 1966, and one of its key contributors, Welsh artist and activist Ivor Davies. Today widely regarded as one of the foremost figures in contemporary art in Wales, Davies created in the 1960s a series of performance works involving explosives under the influence of Destruction in Art, which he showed in Durham, Bristol, Swansea and Edinburgh, and at DIAS in London. These works, of which extensive documentation remains in Davies’s personal collection of papers, shed light on how artistic practices of the 1960s were shaped by transnational aesthetic and political influences on the one hand and local cultural and artistic concerns and conditions of making on the other.

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The research will be contributing to a major retrospective of Davies’s work undertaken by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (AC-NMW), the collaborative partner in this project, to open in Cardiff in Spring 2016, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of DIAS and Davies’s 80th birthday. It is anticipated that the student will contribute to the curatorial work on the exhibition and its organisation, including the creation of a catalogue and (based on the interests of the student) of an accompanying programme of re-enactments and other events.

The parameters of the project will be further defined by the interests, skills and initiative of the successful applicant in consultation with their supervisors.

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