Posted on 13 March 2009
Dr Tim Ayers has been awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He will be completing a book on the medieval stained glass of Merton College, Oxford. The fellowship will be taken up during the academic year 2009-10.
'Professor David Peters Corbett has been selected for a 2009-10 Senior Terra Foundation Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum in Washington DC. Professor Corbett will be researching his project 'American City and Landscape Painting 1850-1930' for six months from Autumn 2009.'
Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship to prepare her book Architecture and Philanthropy in Eighteenth-Century York. The Fellowship, awarded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, affiliated to the Yale Centre for British Art, will be taken up during the academic year 2009-10.
Ann-Marie’s doctoral thesis on Georgian hospitals meshes traditional architectural history with cultural history. Her new research will extend the discussion of benevolence and sociability in the social capital of the North by addressing charitable fund-raising entertainments organised and conducted in three innovative Georgian spaces less obviously associated with philanthropy: the Assembly Rooms, the Theatre Royal and Racecourse. Linking social spaces and activity like this will illuminate both the architecture and the polite Georgian desire to create a new civic identity and to legitimise luxurious social activity through the public exercise of benevolence. She thus hopes to contribute to our understanding of some of the earliest public buildings that remain to shape our urban spaces.