York is uniquely situated in Britain as a centre of sculptural studies, having a significant number of scholars of international repute, with expertise in all aspects of sculpture in the western tradition, from the Late Antique and early medieval through to the modern, postmodern and contemporary periods.
The Department has had considerable success in attracting AHRC and private funding for all areas of sculpture studies, having received Henry Moore Foundation Lectureships and Post-doctoral Research Fellowships, and its graduates have gone on to hold lectureships and key positions in museums, galleries and publishing in Europe and North America.
The School has particular research strengths in a number of fields and is able to draw on a remarkable wealth of resources available nearby.
In addition to its expertise in the area of the European and North American sculpture from 1945 to the present, the modernist sculpture of both Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth is among the region’s most famous resources.
There are also collections of classical and neo-classical works, accumulated during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and housed throughout the region, which form another rich source of research material.
And in the field of medieval sculpture the city of York and its surroundings make the Department a premier location for those seeking to combine the study of medieval sculpture with first-hand acquaintance of the objects themselves.
While Yorkshire is unique in England for the number of surviving works of Anglo-Saxon Sculpture, the city and its outlying area are equally famous for extant later medieval sculptures (in wood and stone), and the thriving sculptural workshop attached to the Minster.
There are, furthermore, two internationally significant centres for sculptural display and study: the Yorkshire Sculpture Park which won the Art Fund Museum of the Year award in 2014, and the Henry Moore Institute, which has an internationally significant archive and annual lecture symposium and exhibition programme.
The research library at the Institute is excellent, with strong holdings particularly in the modern and contemporary period.
York is also extremely well connected for national and international travel. There is no requirement for doctoral candidates to live in York, and students needing to conduct their research outside York are encouraged to do so.
As a research group active in all areas of theoretical and historical sculpture studies, we welcome scholars interested in pursuing significant and original research from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, and historiographic and methodological perspectives.
We are particularly keen to promote researchers seeking Henry Moore Foundation post-doctoral research fellowships in the Department, and would welcome collaborations with the Visiting Research Fellowship Programme at the Henry Moore Institute.
The Department is keen to develop research at masters, doctoral and post-doctoral level in the following areas:
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