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AHRC Research in Pictures

Date: 04/07/2018


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New Research in Pictures initiative launched to showcase arts and humanities research.

Research in Pictures is an opportunity for AHRC-supported researchers and AHRC-supported Doctoral students to have their research documented by a professional photographer. The project aims to capture and promote the striking and engaging visual elements of arts and humanities research as well as the breadth and a diversity of the AHRC’s research portfolio.

About the opportunity

Successful projects will win a fully paid photoshoot with a professional photographer, who will be specially commissioned to spend a day capturing your ‘Research in Pictures’.

We are looking for projects that demonstrate arts and humanities research in action - using photography to showcase the diverse range of research that we support.

Examples could include, but are not restricted to:

historically informed staging of Ben Jonson’s 1622 Masque of Augurs
Independent Research Organisation, Historic Royal Palaces, received AHRC funding to explore new ways of interpreting heritage spaces. This photograph depicts the historically informed staging of Ben Jonson’s 1622 Masque of Augurs, at Banqueting House, Whitehall. Historic Royal Palaces Copyright: SWNS.com
  • archaeological field work
  • live or rehearsed performance or creative practice (dance, craft, music, theatre etc.…)
  • historical re-enactments
  • laboratory work such as preserving or carbon dating
  • restoration and or conservation work
  • research with community groups
  • festivals
  • robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • and any research that takes place in photographic settings such as historical buildings, landmarks, or inside museums and galleries etc.

Successful applications will get to keep digital copies of all the photographs that are taken, they will also go on to see their research showcased by the AHRC and UKRI via websites and online image galleries, as well as via social media, in publications, posters, banners and other promotional materials.

The AHRC’s Head of Communications, Mike Collins says, ‘We know that a lot of the research that we fund has some really strong visual stories to tell. This new project is all about showcasing and capturing on camera the amazing arts and humanities researchers that we fund and their ‘research in action’. 

‘It is a great opportunity for researchers thinking creatively about their own projects and how they can be showcased through visually engaging photography.’

Submission details

You need to include:

  • 200 words of jargon free text outlining your research
  • a further 200 words outlining the photographic opportunity your research presents, including the dates on which your research could be photographed.
  • You also have the option to send one image and accompanying caption, to help whet our appetites and give us a ‘taster’ of the more visual elements of your research.

We need at least four weeks’ notice between your application and the date you propose we photograph your research in action.

Applications should be submitted electronically via this online form

If you have any questions, please contact emi.spinner@ahrc.ukri.org

Deadline and Judging

This opportunity is open from 4 July 2018 - 31 October 2018.

Applications will be reviewed at the end of each month by staff from across the AHRC and by a professional photographer. We will then select at least one project to photograph.


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Notes to the Editor

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

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