The Guildhall-Barbican doctoral research studentship
As part of the ongoing development of the research degree programme at the Guildhall School, 2016 sees the launch of a brand-new doctoral studentship in partnership with the Barbican Centre (to complement the one already established in association with the Royal Opera House). The initiative builds on a longstanding partnership between these neighbouring institutions, and will offer to an exceptional candidate the opportunity to work full-time for three years on a research project in the Barbican, supported by a full doctoral fee-waiver and a maintenance grant.
The project will be in the general area of understanding audiences, with the precise title of the PhD to be negotiated with the successful candidate. It will investigate concepts of ‘audience experience’ in artistic contexts, and relationships between individuals and not-for-profit corporate bodies from both their perspectives, including engagement with the venue as a space and as an idea/ethos/brand. It will attempt to understand how that engagement translates into virtual spaces, including online. It will also assess critically how these things might most usefully be measured. The successful candidate will have the opportunity, potentially, to influence policy directly at one of the world’s landmark arts centres.
The studentship is aimed at creative and dynamic thinkers with a good first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Music, Drama/Theatre Studies, Fine Art, Film Studies, Social Sciences, Psychology, Economics, Marketing) and either a Master’s or equivalent professional experience in a relevant sector. A passion for the arts in society is essential. The project will be supervised by a team of senior figures drawn from the Guildhall and the Barbican, and supported by any necessary training.
Applications must be submitted online by 28 March 2016, and the studentship will begin in September.
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About the Barbican
The Barbican exists to inspire people to discover and love the arts. It innovates with outstanding artists and performers to create an international programme that crosses art forms, investing in the artists of today and tomorrow. A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises a concert hall, two theatres, three cinemas, two art galleries, foyers and public spaces, a library, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.
Its outstanding programme, stunning spaces and unique location at the heart of the Barbican Estate have made it an internationally recognised venue. Set within an urban landscape acknowledged as one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century, it is one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture. Over 1.8 million people pass through its doors every year alongside hundreds of artists and performers from across the globe.