Julie Crawshaw

Dr

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PhD projects

- Art and Life/John Dewey's Aesthetics
- Planning (urban/rural/landscape)
- Organisation (as in organisation studies)
- Financial accounting (in galleries and museums)
- Artist-led practice
- Cultural Management and Leadership
- Knowledge Exchange

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My Research

I am a multi-disciplinary ethnographer who undertakes research from within visual arts practice(s).

By increasing philosophical and empirical scrutiny around ‘practice(s)’ – both in the sense of artwork and art work, the strategic ambition of my research is to inform the art sector’s responsiveness in relation to social and environmental challenges towards equitable modes of living. By attending to practice ontologies, I ask how we might re-formulate the extractive dualities of the arts as part of the so-called creative and cultural industries across its workaday and policy discourse.

In academia my project requires a multiplicity of disciplinary translations between art practice and the practice concerns and orientations of the social sciences and social studies of science, which helps explicate the values of art practice/research in academia beyond the broad field of art studies or artistic research specifically. To do this work I take guidance from classical pragmatism and its heritage, across neo-vitalist philosophy. This primary (metaphysical) informant shapes the way that I work with others – via land, academic, and professional collaborations.

Primarily situated in the visual arts field, my practice orientation has developed around several sub-themes which I have published around already or am currently in the process of doing so:

  • Art and Life/John Dewey's Aesthetics
  • Planning (urban/rural/landscape)
  • Organisation (as in organisation studies)
  • Financial accounting (in galleries and museums)
  • Artist-led practice
  • Cultural Management and Leadership
  • Knowledge Exchange

My work is published in journals such as the Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Landscape Research and the Journal of Visual Art Practice. I am also the author of the Routledge monograph Art Worlding: Planning Relations (2022).

Multi-disciplinary Background

This trans-disciplinary translation is informed by the multi-disciplinarity of my education across visual art practice and the social sciences and social studies of science: I hold a BA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee University; MSc in Development Studies from University of Manchester; and PhD in Planning and Landscape (Beyond Targets: Articulating the Role of Art in Regeneration (2013)) also from the University of Manchester, which was supervised within the pragmatist/Latourian paradigm of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (Centre) where I was a Sustainable Consumption Institute DTC scholar.

At Northumbria University/Prior Academic Posts

As Associate Professor at Northumbria University I am Head of Art Practice and Conservation in the Department of Arts, which brings together BA Fine Art, MA Creative and Cultural Industries Management, MA Fine Art Conservation, and our inter-disciplinary PGR community. Before joining Northumbria as a lecturer in the Department of Arts in 2015 I previously held research posts at University of Gothenburg, University of Newcastle, and University of Manchester. I have been awarded competitive visiting research fellowships at Moore Institute, University of Ireland, Galway and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. I have also been an invited research consultant at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University; and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

Prior professional practice

My interests and commitments as an academic are informed by my prior professional career where I worked across a range of producing roles in the visual arts including working at a-n The Artists Information Company (Artists Newsletter) and FORMA Arts & Media; and also as a freelance consultant to local government consortia, arts organisations, and funders for over ten years.

 

Research interests

My Research

I am a multi-disciplinary ethnographer who undertakes research from within visual arts practice(s).

By increasing philosophical and empirical scrutiny around ‘practice(s)’ – both in the sense of artwork and art work, the strategic ambition of my research is to inform the art sector’s responsiveness in relation to social and environmental challenges towards equitable modes of living. By attending to practice ontologies, I ask how we might re-formulate the extractive dualities of the arts as part of the so-called creative and cultural industries across its workaday and policy discourse.

In academia my project requires a multiplicity of disciplinary translations between art practice and the practice concerns and orientations of the social sciences and social studies of science, which helps explicate the values of art practice/research in academia beyond the broad field of art studies or artistic research specifically. To do this work I take guidance from classical pragmatism and its heritage, across neo-vitalist philosophy. This primary (metaphysical) informant shapes the way that I work with others – via land, academic, and professional collaborations.

Primarily situated in the visual arts field, my practice orientation has developed around several sub-themes which I have published around already or am currently in the process of doing so:

  • Art and Life/John Dewey's Aesthetics
  • Planning (urban/rural/landscape)
  • Organisation (as in organisation studies)
  • Financial accounting (in galleries and museums)
  • Artist-led practice
  • Cultural Management and Leadership
  • Knowledge Exchange

My work is published in journals such as the Journal of Rural StudiesSociologia RuralisAnthropological Journal of European Cultures, Landscape Research and the Journal of Visual Art Practice. I am also the author of the Routledge monograph Art Worlding: Planning Relations (2022).

Multi-disciplinary Background

This trans-disciplinary translation is informed by the multi-disciplinarity of my education across visual art practice and the social sciences and social studies of science: I hold a BA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee University; MSc in Development Studies from University of Manchester; and PhD in Planning and Landscape (Beyond Targets: Articulating the Role of Art in Regeneration (2013)) also from the University of Manchester, which was supervised within the pragmatist/Latourian paradigm of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (Centre) where I was a Sustainable Consumption Institute DTC scholar.

At Northumbria University/Prior Academic Posts

As Associate Professor at Northumbria University I am Head of Art Practice and Conservation in the Department of Arts, which brings together BA Fine Art, MA Creative and Cultural Industries Management, MA Fine Art Conservation, and our inter-disciplinary PGR community. Before joining Northumbria as a lecturer in the Department of Arts in 2015 I previously held research posts at University of Gothenburg, University of Newcastle, and University of Manchester. I have been awarded competitive visiting research fellowships at Moore Institute, University of Ireland, Galway and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. I have also been an invited research consultant at the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University; and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

Prior professional practice

My interests and commitments as an academic are informed by my prior professional career where I worked across a range of producing roles in the visual arts including working at a-n The Artists Information Company (Artists Newsletter) and FORMA Arts & Media; and also as a freelance consultant to local government consortia, arts organisations, and funders for over ten years.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

anthropology, PhD, Beyond Targets: Articulating the role of art in regeneration, University of Manchester

1 Oct 20084 Feb 2013

Award Date: 4 Feb 2013

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