M4C CDA: Black Curating and Institutional Change: The Black Arts Movement in Coventry

M4C CDA: Black Curating and Institutional Change: The Black Arts Movement in Coventry

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees. Visit the M4C website for funding information.

Duration: Full time - between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 13th January 2021

Interview dates: Interview date will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2021

To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Carolina Rito.


The Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities (CAMC) at Coventry University is inviting applications for a Midlands4Cities (M4C) Collaborative Doctoral Award project, supervised by Professor Carolina Rito in collaboration with the Herbert Gallery and Museum.

Project details

The PhD project aims to investigate the understudied curatorial framework of the British Black Art Movement (BAM) in the 1980s and the role of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum  in promoting and supporting the movement. The birth of the BAM in the early 1980s is responsible for a paradigm shift in UK art history, bringing to the fore the issues, practices and aesthetics of a marginalised group of artists.

Despite the numerous attempts to mitigate systemic racism, inequality in British society is still prevalent. The inequalities in the representation of Black art history in the British context have come to the fore in the recent months, with the debates around the killing of George Floyd in the US, the Black Lives Matter demands for justice, and the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston. However, despite some research on the BAM, the role of curation in the BAM in the 1980s remains understudied, especially the role of the Herbert, which provided a pioneering support to the movement in its awakening, organising one of the first exhibitions in the country in 1983.

This opportunity encourages applications from Black and minority ethnic researchers in the arts, curating, exhibition studies, and art history.


This project is fully-funded, including Tuition Fee and Stipend/Bursary. Find out more on the M4C website.


The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.

It provides:

  • Studentship funding and enhanced support for professional training
  • Expert supervision within and across our dynamic mix of university partners
  • Networking and collaboration across the Midlands, nationally and internationally
  • Links to leading cultural organisations and creative economy partners
  • Midlands Arts Programme (MAP), an extensive range of training opportunities

Find out more on the M4C website.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Candidate specification

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • A Masters qualification in a relevant subject at the time of application or be able to state that you will have completed one by the time your PhD begins (even though the result may not be known and the final examination board may not yet have taken place). You can also apply on the basis of having equivalent relevant professional experience in lieu of a Masters qualification.’
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Professor Carolina Rito.

The application process involves applying both to Coventry and to Midlands4Cities by the 13th January 2021.

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