• 19 March 2018

Asia Art Archive (AAA) and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC) are delighted to announce the second research award connected with the collaborative London, Asia project.


Slade School photo from 1959, http://sladearchive.github.io/groups/SLADE_1959/

The London, Asia Research Award

London, Asia posits London as a key, yet under-explored, site in the construction of art historical narratives in and of Asia, and examines the city’s influence through exhibitions, patronage, art writing, and art education. London, Asia also reflects on the ways in which the growing field of modern and contemporary art history in Asia intersects with, and challenges, existing histories of British art.

Research into the multilayered and multitemporal histories of art schools is key to shaping a more nuanced understanding of the cultural entanglements between London and Asia across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Art schools are nodes within complex webs of cultural connections. Through the designing of syllabi and teaching practices, the bringing together of students and teaching staff, as well as informal activities outside class time, art schools are also sites where relationships with traditions and colonial histories are contested, pushed, and reinvented. In thinking about the role art schools have played through their teaching and in forging these connections, we can cut across different time periods and bring together a range of people, objects, materials, and approaches.

The second London, Asia Research Award will be granted to one successful applicant to facilitate research on the “Art School and Pedagogy” strand of the London, Asia project. The successful grant holder is expected to visit both AAA (Hong Kong) and the PMC (London) to engage with the staff and research communities at both institutions. The award is an honorarium of $10,000 (USD), which will be made in two payments (one payment at the beginning of the award and one at the end). The project should be completed in nine to twelve months from the time that the award is made.

The successful award holder may research a specific institution or institutional history, or a particularly pertinent time period within an institution’s history, that is relevant to the London, Asia project. We are open to proposals that approach this field of inquiry in innovative ways.

The recipient will be required to submit a short interim report six weeks into the project and a 10,000-word report at the end of the award outlining their findings, along with relevant images and resources. Primary materials and documents collected and research tools such as bibliographies and exhibition timelines compiled during the course of the research may be shared via AAA and PMC’s websites. We also expect the successful grant-holder to give a talk about their project at both AAA and the PMC.

How to Apply

Please submit:

  • An outline of a maximum of 1,000 words describing your potential research project and interest in the London, Asia collaboration more broadly.
  • A two-page CV.
  • A budget and travel plan outlining how you propose to spend the award (factoring in the cost of travel to Hong Kong and London and accommodation during your visits).

Send applications by email as a PDF file to:
Michelle Wong
Researcher, Asia Art Archive
[email protected]

Deadline: 18 April 2018 (by midnight GMT)