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PhD studentship: Towards an Inclusive Re/visualisation of Women’s Work‌ / deadline 28 January 2023

This collaborative practice-based project between the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries and the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will use the Museum’s rich collections of industrial photographs and related material in local/regional/national collections to map, reframe, and create innovative visual interpretations that capture the changing socio-economic characteristics and conditions of women’s work in Sunderland. In doing so, it seeks to produce novel inclusive narratives for the Museum by juxtaposing historical and new photographic imagery depicting women’s work and enhance public engagement by empowering local women, those identifying as women and non-binary to share their stories and photographs.

Research questions

How can historical photographs and narratives of Sunderland’s industry illuminate the changing meaning and nature of women’s work?

What roles can lens-based media play in representing women at work and their labour beyond established documentary practices and against a changing landscape of work in the regional industries?

How can different types of photographic imagery depicting women’s work and oral histories be synthesised and preserved in inclusive museum narratives?


Expressions of interest are invited for a practice-based PhD offered by University of Sunderland in partnership with Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens through the Northern Bridge Consortium: Collaborative Doctoral Awards Competition.
Deadline for EOI: 28 January 2023
Towards an Inclusive Re/visualisation of Women’s Work‌
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