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Research at the Ruskin

The Ruskin School of Art provides an exceptional environment in which research through art making is entwined with research about contemporary art, each mode of enquiry enriching the other within the larger context of a world-leading, research-intensive university.

Performance / Shawanda Corbett

Revisiting Genesis, web series, 2017 / Oreet Ashery

Research is at the heart of the Ruskin's activities, and the School encourages and values the wide-ranging contributions that its teaching staff, postgraduate students, early career researchers, and academic visitors make to the disciplines of fine art practice, curatorship, criticism and art history. Uniquely positioned as an intimately-scaled art school embedded within a research-intensive university, the Ruskin’s dynamic, interdisciplinary structure allows artists and theorists to work closely together and to respond quickly and flexibly to developments within the wider contexts of art, academia and an increasingly uncertain international climate. In particular, we aim to lead by example in artistic research that intersects with politics, with psychology, with philosophy, and with medical sciences.   



The Ruskin’s research is well recognised across both academic and art worlds: among our small pool of current and recent studio postholders, three (Kiaer, Sworn, Martin) have received Leverhulme Prizes; two (Ashery, Martin) have received Jarman Awards; Ashery received a 2020 Turner Bursary.  Current Ruskin DPhil (PhD) researcher Shawanda Corbett was awarded a Turner Bursary as well, and current Dphil Brook Andrew led the 22nd Sydney Biennale as Artistic Director.  Our writings are published by prestigious presses such as MIT (Gardner, Cussans), Book Works (Palmer), Bloomsbury (Gaiger, Terraciano), Oxford University Press (Martin), I.B. Taurus (Kreider), Simon and Shuster (Kambalu), and Verso (Bull).  We exhibit in solo and group exhibitions, including international biennials (Venice; Istanbul; Sydney; Dakar; Liverpool; Shanghai and more).  



The  individual pages of Faculty members  contain our research interests and lists of major exhibitions and publications.   



Research in the School is actively supported by a Director of Research, a Research Committee, termly research forums, and weekly DPhil seminars; and within the Humanities Division by a Humanities Divisional Research Committee, a Research Facilitator, an Impact Officer; The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Knowledge Exchange Fellowships, and The Institute for Visual Research.  The School has strong links with other Faculties across the University and it draws on the extraordinary resources provided by the University’s museums and libraries, including the Bodleian, the Ashmolean, the Pitt Rivers, the Museum of the History of Science and the Museum of Natural History.  The Ruskin’s appetite for reflecting on its own research methodologies finds expression in an open-access, online publication created by DPhil students:  OAR: The Oxford Artistic and Practice-Based Research Platform



The Ruskin welcomes applications for post-doctoral research and Early Career Fellowships through schemes provided by The Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.  Deadlines are usually in August-October for British Academy and January/February for Leverhulme applications. The RSA website highlights these opportunities as they become available. For further questions please enquire with Director of Research Daria Martin (daria.martin@rsa.ox.ac.uk). 

last edited: August 16th 2022