AHRC Annual Report published today
The AHRC’s Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14 have been published today. Laid before Parliament yesterday (10 July), the publication outlines the AHRC’s achievements over the last year.
Reflecting on the last twelve months Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, writes:
The research supported by the AHRC this year brought much to admire and from which to learn. We have funding challenges and, like other public bodies, the AHRC has had to think hard about adapting its structures and ways of working in austere times. We are still on that journey. Nevertheless there is cause to celebrate.
Achievement from this year's annual report includes film The Act of Killing, which arose out of an AHRC Research Grant. The documentary, which won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014, is part of the Genre and Genocide project at the University of Westminster. It explores the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s, telling the story of a group of former members of Indonesian death squads being challenged to revisit and re-enact their earlier crimes. For a look at the research behind the documentary, Professor Joram ten Brink of the University of Westminster, Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Genre and Genocide research project, explains more in the AHRC film 'Act of Killing: From Genocide to Documentary'.
In March of this year, the AHRC's Creative Economy Showcase drew in nearly 400 participants, with many more linked by live-stream and social media. The Showcase demonstrated the dynamism and fertility of research as it engages creatively with the human world about us. The AHRC film 'Arts and Humanities in the Creative Economy' shines a light on the Creative Economy Showcase event and the vital relationship between the arts and humanities research base and the UK's Creative Economy.
The National Gallery hosted an exhibition in 2014 called 'Building the Picture', which explored the place of architecture in Renaissance painting. Funded by the AHRC, Dr Amanda Lillie from the University of York researched and co-curated the exhibition, also supervising a Collaborative Doctoral Award student Alasdair Flint, who explored the role of architecture in depictions of the Virgin Mary. To find out more about this project see the AHRC film on the project, 'Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting'.
In his Chairman's Foreword, Professor Sir Alan Wilson writes:
It gives me a lot of pleasure to have been a minor contributor to this success as I step down after six years as Chair of the Council. The major contributors, of course are the Council itself- a formidable body, the Chief Executive, senior officers and staff of the Council, and the academic community and its many partners from the wider creative world. I warmly thank all of these, especially those with whom I have had the opportunity to work with very closely. The Council has been terrific and the staff, under Rick's leadership, has been a pleasure to work with.