Arts-based and community-led methodologies in research

19 June 2023, Attenborough Arts Centre

Arts-based research is increasingly used across disciplines as institutions work to decolonise their approaches to knowledge. This brainstorming workshop bought together researchers, artists and creative practitioners based at, or working in collaboration with, the University in view of developing a hub for arts-based and community-led research.  The workshop was generously supported by the Leicester Institute of Advanced Studies.

Why Look Back? Contemporary Art and Institutional Memory 

Nottingham Contemporary, 24 November 2023

A British Art Network seminar convened by Isobel Whitelegg and Ben Cranfield (Royal College of Art) in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary and Canan Batur.

This seminar identifies, draws together, and critically reflects on a growing field of practice -namely, non-collecting contemporary art institutions working with their pasts to reflect on organisational development and generate new exhibitions, projects, public programmes and narratives.

PhD Research

  • Dr Olatunde Barber completed a cultural study of national art and the national gallery in Nigeria.
  • Dr Brenda Cocotle completed a study of institutional territories looking at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City.
  • Dr Yon Jai Kim completed an investigation of the dynamics, debates, agents and contexts of the development of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea.
  • Kuan-Yin Liu is exploring the cultural dynamics of contemporary art spaces in Taiwan.
  • Dr Sipei Lu completed as study looking at the opportunities, tensions and other dynamics brought by socially engaged art practices to curatorial models and structures of art institutions.
  • Dr Kate McPhail completed a study exploring the legacy of feminist art histories on art museums today by looking at its impact on women-only art spaces.
  • Sarah Plumb is interested in the contemporary art gallery as mediator in socially-engaged practices and in the ethics of collaborative making.
  • Laura Diaz Ramos examines the tensions between feminist curating and institutional ways of working in art museums and galleries.
  • Dr Martina Santillan completed a study of contemporary art museums and socially-engaged contemporary art practice in Mexico City.
  • Kristina Wright is examining the role of the arts in cross-cultural exchange between Asia and Africa, and particularly between South Korea and Kenya.


  • Dr Stephanie Bowry is interested in transhistorical studies of visual representation and cultural performance. She previously researched the relationships between the Early Modern garden and the emergence of the art gallery. She is a CRÍA Honorary Lecturer.
  • Dr Romina Delia, Internationalisation Associate at Arts Council Malta, explores the Baroque through contemporary, immersive and ritualistic art performances. She is interested in the promotion of unity in diversity through intercultural dialogue.
  • Dr Catharina Hendrick, Lecturer at University College London, Qatar, researches organisational culture and organisational structures within art institutions
  • Dr Mette Houlberg Rung, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen and Honorary Research Fellow, is concerned with personal and temporal meetings between the exhibition, the artwork and the user.
  • Dr Sophie Kazan, Honorary Research Fellow, recently completed a study of the effect of modernity and traditions on the development of contemporary art in the UAE. More broadly her interests concern artists working in the Arab world and their international connections.

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