Manchester School of Art
Manchester School of Art Research Centre supports research in the School, and embodies Manchester Metropolitan University’s strengths in art, design, media and architecture research.
In the most recent REF, art and design research at Manchester Metropolitan University was for overall research power, with two thirds of our research rated internationally excellent.
bl文库按住腰顶弄The Research Centre comprises of researchers and practitioners in contemporary art practice, visual culture, design, arts for health, media theory and practice, craft, and architecture.
bl文库按住腰顶弄Ongoing research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and other funding bodies; staff have had particular success with Arts Council funding, which backed the festival based in the School of Art; ongoing collaborations with the have had direct impact on the communities of Greater Manchester. The School of Art has founding partner status with , Manchester’s innovative arts centre, where three of the creative directors also hold professorships in the School. Staff in the Centre have an international reach with ongoing projects in China, Brazil, India and many other countries.
bl文库按住腰顶弄Manchester is a major centre for design and the creative industries, particularly new media design, and Manchester School of Art is well connected with design companies in the Northern Quarter and elsewhere. The Manchester design festival, was co-founded by the School of Art and the Centre also has strong relationships with other galleries and cultural organisations in the city.
There are over 100 research active staff supported by the Research Centre and it delivers one of the largest art and design research degree programmes in the UK.
Particular strengths are in arts and health, asian cultures, digital arts and contemporary ceramics and textile arts practice. Manchester School of Art’s research is often disseminated within large public events, exhibitions and displays that become a focus around which we generate creative and knowledge exchange activities.
Research within the School is organised and supported through four Department linked Research Hubs—
- Architecture Research Hub
Hub Leader Richard Brook
- Art Research Hub
Hub Leader Fionna Barber
- Design Research Hub
Hub Leader Dr Annie Shaw
- Media Research Hub
Hub Leader Dr Toby Heys
In addition, there are 11 Research Groups exploring specific subjects and themes that align to these Research Hubs.
The hubs, groups and centre provide resources to support project development, encourage trans-discipline dialogue and ensure a close relationship between teaching and research within the linked Departments.
The structure also allows individual researchers to move across and between research areas, and encourages cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas from outside the Centre.
bl文库按住腰顶弄, the UK's longest established arts and health organisation, is also based within the School of Art.
Impact Case Studies
Manchester School of Art has worked with over 300 national and international organisations including galleries and museums, libraries, schools, community groups, businesses and arts and civic organisations.
Staff contribute to the programming of large-scale public events and international festivals, inform UK and international government policy, contribute to the regeneration of cities and regions through public art and creative interventions and undertake public engagement and development projects.
Recent examples include—
Researchers at Manchester School of Art have created social and cultural impacts by enhancing public understanding and professional awareness of the visual culture of conflict and social change.
Asia Triennial Manchester is the only contemporary visual arts and crafts festival that presents new work by international Asian artists.
bl文库按住腰顶弄The Arts for Health unit is a global leader in arts and health research, building an evidence base around the effectiveness of culture and the arts on health outcomes that has influenced policy and improved the quality of life for thousands of people across the UK and beyond.
bl文库按住腰顶弄A ten-year programme of research has influenced attitudes to traditional crafts and cultural heritage in India and led to sustainable economic and social benefits including the launch of the Ahmedabad International Arts Festival.
Details of current research, staff interests and activities can also be found on the Research Group pages.
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