Graduate School

New Perspectives

 What is New Perspectives?

Your invitation to contribute to a tour of the exhibition for members of the public at Djanogly Gallery

Once a semester, the Graduate School teams up with Lakeside’s Djanogly Gallery to put on an event called ‘New Perspectives’, which is attended by members of the public. It involves an exhibition and a relay team of six postgraduate research students each delivering an 8-minute mini-paper exploring the relationship between a work from the exhibition and their own research. Previous events have utilised works by Edward Burra, Laura Knight, and more recently In the Shadow of War.

Although New Perspectives began in the Faculty of Arts, the events are not limited to research students from art-related disciplines – in fact, The First Cut event featured papers from many disciplines; from Art History to Economics to Health. We are simply looking for participants to bring a new perspective to the works of art and also to their own research, so research students from all schools and departments are welcome to apply

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How to get involved?

 If you’re interested in being part of this event, join us at the Djanogly Gallery on 7th December for a tour of the exhibition.

You then select one artefact and relate your own research perspective to it, submitting a short (250-300 word) abstract of your idea to by Friday 5th January 2018.

A panel of academic and gallery staff will select six abstracts to take forward for this event. Over the following weeks, the six research students will receive coaching sessions and facilitated peer- critique.

This will offer guidance on how to translate their written work into an oral presentation that will engage and excite an intelligent but non-academic audience.

Key dates

  • Thursday 7 December at 10am:
    Come to the Djanogly Gallery where you will be introduced to the artefacts of the exhibition by the Curator (to book your place, email

  • Friday 5th January by midday:
    Submit your expression of interest in the form of a short (250-300 word) abstract to

  • Tuesday 9 & 16 January, 10am-12pm:
    Successful applicants attend two sessions to receive coaching and critique, transforming their short paper into an engaging performance

  • Tuesday 23 January at 1pm:
    New Perspectives event at Djanogly Gallery

 This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in going into a curatorial, programming or educational role in a gallery or museum. It is equally useful for research students intending to stay in the education sector or teach. It is an exercise in advanced communications skills and an opportunity to think about making your research accessible to different audiences, which is a crucial skill for careers in academia or other fields involving public engagement



What some of our researchers have to say..  

Viking: Rediscover The Legend

The Djanogly Gallery at the University of Nottingham is showcasing:

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

25th November 2017 - 4th March 2018

Programmed by the University Museum, nationally and internally significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts from the British Museum and Yorkshire Museum Trust along with current research are brought together in this exhibition to provide a new interpretation and a fresh perspective on how Vikings transformed and shaped every aspect of life in Britain.

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 Previous Event: Burra Exhibition


 Before [New Perspectives] I concentrated on the more basic aspects of deprivation such as lack of income or good education, but the artwork made me think about other broader aspects of deprivation which are less researched such as environmental deprivation and overcrowding in different regions… it widened my perspective. 


Sameen Zafar, School of Economics

I have always kept very quiet in art galleries - never thought of them as places where you go to meet people, or develop new skills. Then I joined a team of PhD students from different University departments delivering mini papers linking the art work at Djanogly Gallery to our own research, and I had to do a rethink. In rehearsal, we shared good practice and developed the invaluable skill of communicating across discipline boundaries and, on the night of the public presentation - yes, we got to talk, in an art gallery, very loudly. One of us even played some music... A really enjoyable experience for us all, and useful, too. Try it if you get a chance.


Fiona Birkbeck, School of Education


Email Dr Eleanor Forward, Researcher Training and Development Manager in the Graduate School.

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