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Call for applications to present virtual exhibitions of images on the AHRC website

The AHRC is marking its tenth anniversary in 2015 through a number of activities designed to showcase the achievements of the arts and humanities research community over the last decade, to look forward to the coming decade and to celebrate the role of the arts and humanities in all areas of our national life.

Applications are invited from researchers of all disciplines within the arts and humanities to submit ideas with a link to the AHRC’s 10th anniversary for ‘virtual’ exhibitions in the AHRC’s online Image Gallery.

Images are generated and used in the arts and humanities in a wide variety of ways and for a range of purposes – for example, images produced and created through the visual arts, digitised images from museums, libraries and archives, design and architectural blueprints, photographs, cartoons, newspapers, maps, computer-generated (CGI) or computer–enhanced images, virtual reality and visualisation representations, and much else.

In 2013 the AHRC launched the Image Gallery to highlight the rich possibilities of the digital image and as a showcase for the work and talents of the arts and humanities research community. With small amounts of funding available to support this activity, this call offers opportunities for researchers in the arts and humanities to submit ideas for displays or ‘virtual exhibitions’ on the AHRC website of between 12 and 15 images and accompanying text, with a new display being added each month or so throughout 2015 and featuring prominently on the home page.

A total of £4,000 will be available to each successful applicant or group of applicants to prepare, make available and submit their images for exhibitions.

The AHRC welcomes applications from all areas of the arts and humanities and from researchers at all stages of their careers, including doctoral students and early career researchers. Applicants are required to submit sample images along with a proposal for their exhibition; please see the call document (PDF) for further details (PDF, 154KB).

Proposed exhibitions could be visual accounts or representations of:

  • changes within or across disciplines within the arts and humanities over the last ten years, along with recent innovations or developments which point to further changes over the coming decade (applicants responding to this strand do not need to be or to have been AHRC- or AHRB-funded)
  • previous or current AHRC- or AHRB-funded projects, with an account of ongoing impacts and current and/or future significance
  • previous AHRC- or AHRB-funded strategic programmes or research centres, with an account of ongoing impacts and/or current significance

There should be a clear sense of narrative throughout each proposal for displays which is image-led rather than text-led. Proposals should emphasise innovative approaches to the use and creation of images where appropriate but, above all, proposals should convey a sense of the importance of the image to our understanding of the human world. Examples of earlier virtual exhibitions can be found on the AHRC website.

Please note that the Image Gallery is intended as an outward-facing part of the AHRC website and displays and text should therefore be aimed at general rather than academic audiences.