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Modern Art Scoping Study Placement

Victoria and Albert Museum


Posted over 30 days ago...


Join the prestigious V&A museum, conducting groundbreaking research on modern art collections


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Cromwell Road, London

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Embark on a transformative journey with the V&A, the world's leading museum of art, design, and performance, renowned for its inspirational collections. As a beacon of cultural heritage and innovation, the V&A offers an unparalleled platform for doctoral students to delve into the rich tapestry of modern art, supported by a thriving community of experts.

Role Summary:

  • Conduct in-depth research on the V&A's modern paintings, drawings, and watercolours collection, focusing on works from 1900-1960.
  • Choose a research area relevant to your PhD that could include a specific artist, movement, period, medium/technique, or ownership history.
  • Catalogue and photograph the collection, contributing to the museum's digital presence.
  • Undertake provenance research and explore modern art collecting research topics.
  • Present research findings to the V&A community and the broader public through online platforms.
  • Collaborate with curators to enhance the visibility of modern art via cataloguing, publications, acquisitions, and gallery displays.

Role Requirements:

  • Current enrollment in a PhD program with a focus relevant to the placement.
  • Ability to conduct both collaborative and independent research.
  • A passion for modern art and a desire to contribute to its public understanding and appreciation.
  • Commitment to engaging with the V&A's diverse collections and sharing insights with a global audience.

The Role To provide opportunities for early-career training for PhD students, the V&A has made available a range of doctoral placements based in collections departments, archives, the National Art Library, research, and collections care and access. Each placement is a discrete project designed by members of V&A staff (who will also act as the placement’s supervisor), involving collaborative as well as independent research.

The V&A’s paintings and drawings collection has substantial holdings of modern art, much of which was acquired during artists’ lifetimes. Although known for its Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Movement collections, the breadth of the modern paintings, drawings and watercolours, from Gustave Courbet to Duncan Grant to Helen Frankenthaler, their early acquisition dates and provenance, has not previously received sustained research.

The placement student will choose an area of 1900-1960 drawings and watercolours collection stored at South Kensington relevant to their doctoral research. This could be the work of a specific artist, movement, or period, or a focus on a medium/technique, or aspect of ownership history. The student will catalogue and photograph relevant objects, undertake wider provenance research, scope out areas of modern art collecting research such as the Purchase Grant Fund, and present their findings to the V&A research community, as well as to the wider public via online content.

Working with the Paintings and Drawings section curators, they will contribute to wider activity giving greater prominence to modern art through cataloguing, online and print publications, acquisitions, displays and permanent collection galleries.

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