The VMC Research Group at Northumbria provides a dynamic hub for researchers and students engaged with the historical and theoretical analysis of art, culture, design, museums and architecture. The group acts as a forum to bring together researchers across the university and offers an annual programme of events relating to current issues in visual and material culture research
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Julie Crawshaw

My work is concerned with re-understanding our common tropes of collaboration, participation and engagement beyond human affairs. It is interdisciplinary and ethnographic and takes a processual rather than representational approach that foregrounds researching ‘with’ rather than ‘about’. I follow art practice as it is melded in continuity with other professional and disciplinary fields and then write with classical pragmatism, where I give particular focus to the work of John Dewey and contemporary readings of his work.

My ethnography is characterised by mundane trans-actions which foreground the continuity and situatedness of our relations beyond speech. To date my empirical work has drawn from the field of planning and has contributed to rural and urban studies as well as visual arts practice. Culminating from this work, I am working on a Routledge monograph (for 2021) that introduces the concept of ‘art worlding’ as a material practice of knowing urban and rural relations. And I am also developing a new research theme in cultural organisation and management.

Before academic research I contributed to visual arts development in the UK in various roles as an editor, commissioner-curator, evaluator, organiser and consultant. I have been a visiting fellow at the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway and Akademie Schloss Solitude, in Stuttgart. I hold a BA in Fine Art (Drawing and Painting) from Duncan of Jordanstone of Art in Dundee, an MSc in Development Studies from University of Manchester and PhD in Planning and Landscape from Manchester Architecture Research Group, University of Manchester, funded by the Sustainable Consumption Institute (UoM).