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    Doctoral Writing Workshop -- 4 July 10am-2pm C223 Hendon and online

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    The doctoral writing workshop series are part of the Doctor of Professional Studies programme but open to all University doctoral candidates at the writing stage of their research. The workshops offer an intensive, non-judgemental, and supportive environment for candidates to practice and reflect on the specific type of writing that a doctoral-level project requires. The workshops are characterised by a hands-on approach with parts dedicated to working on one’s text as well as examples from the public domain. The workshops are offered on campus, but it is possible to attend online through the Adobe Connect link (a University platform) which will be provided.

    The workshops are uncatered so please bring lunch or this can be purchased on campus. You also need a laptop and a piece of writing, at least a few pages, that you would like to work on.

    Doug Fishbone will run a professional practice day for PhD candidates in FACI, MA Fine Art, Printmaking, Art and Social Practice and Jewellery Futures students.

    Tuesday July 10th – 11-4pm

    Grove room G230.

    All research students are welcome.

    This seminar offers an overview of issues in professional practice and development for visual artists. It is particularly aimed to help artists and students making the transition from Research Degrees / MA courses to the real world of professional practicing artists.

    The session will cover the following:

    - Managing Materials ie CV / Artist Statement / Portfolio - How to present your work effectively.

    - Marketing and Self-Promotion

    - Thinking about Goals and Success

    - Networking and Press

    - Dealing with galleries

    - Looking for work / Interning

    - Useful resources for generating opportunities

    - Creative approaches to funding projects

    - How to conduct a successful research campaign - using the Internet as a strategic tool

    - Making things happen for yourself

    Doug Fishbone was born in New York in 1969 and earned an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London in 2003.

    His project Doug Fishbone's Leisure Land Golf - a 9 hole artist-designed miniature golf course - was premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale:

    and subsequently toured the UK. Other well-known projects include Made in China, in which he switched an Old Master painting with a cheap Chinese replica at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2015

    and his feature film Elmina, which had its world premiere in a solo exhibition at Tate Britain in 2010, was voted one of the most iconic artworks of the past 5 years by the website art info in 2012:

    Selected group exhibitions include: New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2016); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2014); Akademie der Kunste, Berlin (2013); Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2012); BFI, London (2012); SMBA-Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); FACT, Liverpool (2011); Dublin Contemporary (2011); ZKM Karslruhe, Germany (2011); Tate Britain (2010), Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2008); Hayward Gallery, London (2008); British Art Show 6 (2006). He performs regularly at both international and UK venues, including appearances

    at London’s ICA and Southbank Centre.

    Fishbone is a tutor at London College of Communications and lectures in professional practice at the University of Westminster. He is a frequent visiting lecturer on the subject at Chelsea College and UCA Canterbury, and has been invited to guest lecture at dozens of universities and institutions around the UK, including the Royal College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths College, Edinburgh College of Art, Leeds College of Art, Christies, Newcastle, Ruskin School of Art, Sotheby's, and the Slade.

    Please rsvp to Tansy Spinks:

    WORKSHOP:  Managing your research and academic career

    RUN BY: Professors Miltos Petridis, Juan Augusto, and William Wong

    WHEN: Tuesday 10 July 2018, 0930h - 1200h

    WHERE: College Building, Room C115

    FOR WHOM: Academic and research staff and postgraduate students

    We plan to take an informal, over-coffee approach to share what we have learned over the years about managing our research and academic careers. This workshop will be a prototype for more to come -

    Some issues can include:
    - what is a research and academic career?
    - becoming expert at what you are good at - professing what you believe
    - expectations for career advancement and the importance of making links
    - we all wish to become an established researcher - but where do we start?
    - focusing one’s research and aligning one’s research and leveraging one’s research
    - research vs academic: one job or two jobs? can we make two jobs one?
    - grant writing
    - types of grants
    - problem-based research vs hammer and nails research
    - research costs money, but some things can be done for free
    - developing a track record - developing your CV - improving the human condition
    - doing the research, but what does the research do? (? i.e. impact)
    - research leadership
    - research career mentoring
    - developing research groups (not fiefdoms ..)
    - be prepared to be somebody’s dog body. The PhD only opens the door ? and the behind the door is a very very long corridor with many twists and turns ?
    - what do you wish to have achieved by the end of your career? fame? fortune? improved the human condition? eliminate poverty? what is your reason for research?
    - etc etc etc

    Workshop Format:
    (1) A short intro
    (2) Invite participants to think about and brain storm what concerns them about their research / academic careers
    (3) Short experiences of how some of us managed our research and academic careers - no one shoe fits all e.g. Miltos, Juan, Neesha, William - 5-10 minutes each
    (4) Questions and Discussion
    (5) Wrap Up - write down just ONE thing that you have learned today about managing your research / academic career

    While leadership is also important, an army is only as good as its soldiers. If you want to sell a product, you first have to have a product.

    For information about the Researcher Development Programme, Writing Retreats and Research Retreats, please see our training page.

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