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Research projects

SPECTRUM: Visual Translations of Jerusalem

This international project has received funding from the ERC (May 2010-June 2015) for Projections of Jerusalem in Europe: A Monumental Network. The project is documenting, comprehensively studying, and conceptualizing the visual projections of Jerusalem in Europe.

Exploring Fourteenth-Century Art Across the Eastern and Western Christian World

In collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art, the project aims to explore any possible links between Catholic and Orthodox art during the fourteenth century. 

Generation Dada: The Berlin Avant-Garde and the First World War

Professor Michael White's project, funded by the British Academy between October 2010 and March 2013, investigated the prehistory of Dada in Berlin, resulting in a published monograph. It traces the development of Dadaist group identity from World War I onwards, as well as the group's construction of their own history in their artwork and autobiographical writings. 

Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts, c. 1875-1960

This three-year research and networking project will bring together scholars who are experts on the visual arts, music, sound and literature from all over the world. The Enchanted Modernities' Network events will explore what the visual, material and performing arts can tell us about the relationships between Theosophy, modernity and mysticism c. 1875-1960.

Three Graces: Victorian women, visual art and exchange

Dr. Katie J. T. Herrington, who completed her PhD at York, was chosen as York’s Arts and Humanities candidate for AHRC Cultural Engagement project funding. The grant of £40,000 enabled her to undertake a three-month project entitled Three Graces: Victorian Women, Visual Art and Exchange at the Victoria & Albert Museum, from February 2013 which resulted in a digital exhibition hosted by the History of Art Research Portal.

Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735

The 'Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735' project was funded by the AHRC and was intended to stimulate new approaches to British visual culture from this period. The project was launched in October 2009 and represented a major collaboration between the University of York and Tate Britain.

As well as generating a wide range of publications, the project also aimed to communicate the period to a wider audience through gallery displays of art and online resources.

The Building Accounts for St Stephen's Chapel, Palace of Westminster, 1292-1366

This project, led by Dr Tim Ayers, will make available for the first time a full critical edition and translation of the fabric accounts for St Stephen’s Chapel in the Palace of Westminster, the greatest and most enduring site of English government. They document the processes of royal patronage in great detail and are fundamental to an understanding of English royal display. The accounts are being transcribed and translated by Dr Maureen Jurkowski.

The project ran for two years in parallel with a wider, interdisciplinary research project entitled ‘St. Stephen's Chapel, Westminster: Visual and Political Culture, 1292-1941’ (1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016), on which Dr Ayers is the Co-Investigator.

 British Women Artists, 1750-1950: a Tate British Art Network Sub Group

This networking project, led by Dr Katie J. T. Herrington (Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York), will bring together scholars and curators/researchers who are actively working on British Women Artists, 1750-1950 with the intention of bringing about the conception of leading new scholarship and exhibition projects that will make women’s art works of the period concerned more visible and better understood than hitherto possible. It will begin in September 2015 and run for 18 months.

Displaying Victorian Sculpture

In 2009, Dr Jason Edwards was awarded a prestigious AHRC Major Research Grant. The c. £410,000 three-year research project in collaboration with Professor Michael Hatt, the Principal Investigator at the University of Warwick; the Yale Center for British Art; the National Museum Wales; National Museums on Merseyside; and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, formally began in October 2010.

Internationalism and Cultural Exchange c. 1880-1920 (ICE)

Dr Sarah Victoria Turner, along with Dr Grace Brockington (University of Bristol), has received funding from the AHRC to facilitate a two-year international research network. ICE's activities will begin in June 2012 with a workshop on international and imperial exhibitions at Tate Britain.