Research fellows 1997
Each year our fellowship programme enables artists and researchers to develop their work.
In 1997 our visiting fellows included Matthew Craske, Jason Edwards, Stephanie Taylor and Gerard Williams.
Oxford Brookes University
Rupert Gunnis: Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851
Matthew Craske studied the papers compiled by Rupert Gunnis and John Physick in the Institute’s Archive of Sculptors’ Papers, and also suggested how Gunnis’ Dictionary might be updated. His report formed the basis for its subsequent revision under the editorship of Ingrid Roscoe.
Craske also helped us to conceive the conference on ‘Pantheons: Transformations of a Monumental Idea’, which has since been published as part of the Subject/Object series (Ashgate, 2004). In addition he co-curated the Institute exhibition Hounds in Leash: The Dog in 18th and 19th Century Sculpture.
University of York
The Inter-relationship of the New Sculpture and the Aesthetic Movement
Completing a PhD on W. B. Yeats, Jason Edwards’ time at the Institute proved a turning point, as it shifted his focus from Victorian literature and science to Victorian sculpture.
Edwards went on to take up a Henry Moore Foundation Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, and to begin work on his book Alfred Gilbert’s Aestheticism (Ashgate, 2005).
New Mexico State University
Shared Mechanisms of Surrealists working outside Paris
Stephanie Taylor applied to study the English Surrealists as part of her doctoral research on the relationship between French and American Surrealism, and we set up a symposium for her to meet British specialists. In 2003 she co-organised the Joseph Cornell conference at the University of Essex with a contemporary fellow, Jason Edwards.
Fabric in Sculpture
Gerard Williams’ fellowship was directly related to his own artistic practice, and resulted in a library display and the publication of Sampled: The Use of Fabric in Sculpture (Issue 30 of our Essays on Sculpture Journal). He has since continued to develop his interest in the use of fabric in art-practice, and teaches MA Textiles at Goldsmiths College.