Programme for 17 November 2016

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‘The Subject of Study – Collaboration in Research and Artistic Practice’ was held on 17 November 2016 and aimed at exploring research collaborations in academic and artistic practice. The conference opened with an afternoon of researcher lead discussion, exploring different forms of collaborative practice and relationships between the agency of individuals engaged in collaborative research and the institutional or disciplinary context in which they operate. This was followed by an early evening Reception and Keynote by artist, writer and educator, Anthony Luvera  whose work explores tensions between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people’s lives. This event was made possible through the generous support of the University of Manchester’s artsmethods and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.


12:00-13:00 Registrations and Networking Lunch (to be held at the School of Arts Languages and Cultures Graduate School Atrium, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester)

13:00-15:30 Facilitated Small Discussion Groups (to be held at the School of Arts Languages and Cultures Graduate School Conference Room C1.18, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester)

Delegates draw on their own research practice to explore ethics, methodology and questions of public interest arising from relationships between research, researchers and subjects of study, asking:

– What is my relationship to the subject of my study? (ethics: power dynamics, private/public, duty of care)
– What is my process of inquiry to my subject of study? What is my position to my subject of study? (methodology: crtical distance)
– What is the public interest in my subject of study? (public interest: form of presentation, purpose of study, contribution to field of knowledge)


Ann Carragher ( Lecturer in Fine Arts and Critical Studies, School of Creative Arts, Blackpool and The Fylde College)

Ann Carragher is a practicing artist and lecturer in Fine Art and Critical Studies. Her visual art practice examines and explores the concept of liminality applicable to debates concerning border studies and identity politics, in the context of contemporary art practice. The overarching premise of her practice involves theoretical examinations regarding embodiment, affect and female subjectivity, relative to border experiences. She presents works that weave together notions of loss and lament, by exploring the ambiguous and allusive qualities that manifest (physically and psychologically) in the intersection between space, place, mobility and memory. Border’s, hinterlands and thresholds are a recurring theme, where the past, present and future are conflated, mediating on paradoxes between visibility and invisibility.

Elizabeth de Young (Editor Liverpool Postgraduate Journal of Irish Studies, Doctoral Researcher, University of Liverpool)

Elizabeth DeYoung is a third-year PhD candidate at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. She previously completed her MA in Irish Studies at Queens University Belfast. Elizabeth’s research is concerned with the way space is used and controlled in ethnically segregated cities. In particular, her thesis is concerned with the actors and agencies which shape space in Belfast, Northern Ireland and how these have actually reinforced both sectarian and economic divides in what should be a ‘post-conflict’ society.

Jamie Holman (Artist, Writer, Lecturer)

Jamie Holman is an artist, writer and lecturer. In 2015 Holman began making new works informed by his fathers three tours of duty as a member of the British Army in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Using his fathers photographic archive of “The Troubles,” Holman is currently producing works that explore similarities in landscape, ephemera and class in both Northern Ireland and Northern England. Pieces from this collection have been exhibited at The Royal College of Art, published in The Saatchi Gallery Magazine, The Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016 – “Future Now,” and most recently a solo exhibition at Darbyshires Gallery London. Jamie Holman is a contributing editor at The Saatchi Gallery Magazine and programme leader of B.A. Fine Art at Blackburn College

Sandra Plummer (Honorary Research Associate, UCL Slade School of Fine Art)

Sandra Plummer is an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art. Her current research on photographic representations of the ‘Troubles’ builds on her PhD in Art History. She has published on contemporary photography in journals including PhotographiesPhotoworksSourceRhizomes and Philosophy of Photography. In 2014 she spoke at Oxford University with fellow panellists including David Trimble on ‘How Photography Informed and Influenced the Northern Ireland Peace Process’. Her paper ‘Derry Camerawork: Community, Conflict and Challenging Consensus’ was presented at Tate Modern (2015) and is part of a book on visual culture and the Troubles.

Fearghus Roulston (Doctoral Researcher, University of Brighton)

Fearghus Roulston is an AHRC-funded PhD student with the University of Brighton, where he is a member of the Centre for Research into Memory, Narrative and History, and the Critical Studies Research Group. His current research is an oral history of the punk scene in Belfast in the late 70s and early 80s. Through interviews with participants in the scene, it hopes to construct a narrative of everyday life in the city for young people, considering how they navigated sectarianism and segregation while helping to form a late-flowering, regionally-specific punk culture. More generally his research interests centre around questions of memory, critical geography, oral history and post-conflict societies.


Anthony Luvera (Artist. Principal Lecturer and Course Director of Photography, Coventry University)

Anthony Luvera is an artist and writer. His work has been exhibited in galleries, public spaces and festivals including London Underground’s Art on the Underground, the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Malmö Fotobiennal, PhotoIreland, Goa International Photography Festival, and Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie. His writing appears in a wide range of publications, including Photoworks, Source and Photographies. Anthony is Principal Lecturer and Course Director of Photography at Coventry University. He gives workshops and talks for the Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, and community photography projects across the UK.

15:30-16:00 Open planning meeting for Common Ground 2017 Conference in Belfast (to be held at the School of Arts Languages and Cultures Graduate School Conference Room C1.18, Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester). Find out about our plans and how to bring your ideas and interests into the planning process

17:00-17:30 Reception and Keynote Registration (to be held in the Ormond Building Council Chamber, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lower Ormond Street. Manchester, M15 6BX)

17:30–19:00 Keynote,  Anthony Luvera, Artist (to be held in the Ormond Building Council Chamber, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lower Ormond Street. Manchester, M15 6BX)

Through his work and the relationships upon which it is based, Anthony Luvera is interested in exploring the tension between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people’s lives. Anthony will present a recent body of work, Assembly,  created in Brighton between 2013 and 2014, where people used cameras and digital sound recorders to capture their experience of homelessness. Later, in conversation with PGR, creative producer and former director of Belfast Exposed, Pauline Hadaway, Anthony will talk about his work creating long-term photographic projects with people experiencing homelessness in cities and towns across the UK, including the on going Assisted Self Portraits project and Residency, exhibited in 2008 by Belfast Exposed, which featured a series of assisted self-portraits made over a sixteen-month period in the city.

Chair: Fionna Barber (Lecturer, Art History, Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan University)

Fionna Barber is Reader in Art History at the Manchester School of Art. She is the author of Art in Ireland since 1910 (Reaktion 2013) and has published widely on twentieth century and contemporary Irish art, with a particular focus on conflict and post-conflict in art from Northern Ireland. She was a contributor to both Oona Frawley ed. Memory Ireland vol 3: the Troubles and the Famine (Syracuse 2013) and to the catalogue for the exhibition Beyond the Pale: the Art of Revolution (Highlanes Gallery Drogheda 2016). Recently she co-curated the touring exhibition Con and Eva for the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and is working on a full-length study of women artists’ responses to revolution and reconstruction in Ireland c.1916-1929.

Discussant: Pauline Hadaway (Curator and Doctoral Researcher, University of Manchester)

Pauline Hadaway has worked in arts and education in the UK and Ireland since 1990 and was Director of Belfast Exposed photography between 2000 and 2013. Pauline is currently undertaking a professional doctorate at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Cultural Practices, researching different uses of cultural heritage as in economic regeneration in Northern Ireland and Britain. Pauline is co-founder of The Liverpool Salon, a forum for public debate on Merseyside and has been published widely including: ‘Policing the Public Gaze’; ‘Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast’, in ‘Relaunching Titanic: Memory and Marketing in the ‘Post Conflict City’ (2013) and ‘Escaping the Panopticon’, to be published next year in Photography Reframed.

7 pm – Conference ends