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?

For our next event we are going to be seeking inspiration from the exhibition 'Harold Gilman: Beyond Camden Town'. If you’re interested in being part of the next event in January 2019, please look out for the exhibition which opens in November and join us at the Djanogly Gallery in December for a tour.

You then pick one piece from the exhibition and relate your own research perspective to it, submitting a short (250-300 word) abstract exploring the relationship between a work from the exhibition and your own research to by 19 December 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 your written work into an oral presentation that will engage and excite an intelligent but non-academic audience.

Key dates

  • 14 December 10am: come to the Djanogly Art Gallery where you will be introduced to the images and themes of the exhibition by the Curator  (to book your place, email
  • 19 December 2018 by midday: submit your expression of interest in the form of a short (250-300 word) abstract to
  • 14 & 22 January 2019, 10-12pm: successful applicants attend two sessions to receive coaching and critique, transforming their short paper into an engaging performance
  • 31 January 2019, 1pm: guided tour to the public at the Djanogly gallery

What some of our researchers have to say..  


 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 Rosemary Pearce, Researcher Training and Development Facilitator in the Graduate School.

Harold Gilman: Beyond Camden Town

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The death of Harold Gilman in 1919 deprived British art of a vital and significant presence. In the last decade of his life his work displayed an increasing engagement with French post-impressionist painting and he developed a style quite unlike his mentor, Walter Richard Sickert, and other Camden Town Group artists.

With his particular use of colour and paint, Gilman's images offer a highly individual view of modern urban life. His work has a powerful presence and realism, yet it remains enigmatic. In much of his mature painting, and especially the important group of works depicting his housekeeper Mrs. Mounter, Gilman created a distinctive vocabulary to explore the interiors and people living in London during the First World War.

This is the first significant exhibition of Gilman’s work since 1982. Bringing together works from both private collections as well as national institutions, it will reveal the innovation and pictorial power of an artist who died prematurely at the height of his artistic powers. 


What is New Perspectives? 

Burra Exhibition - highlights

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.


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