DACS, Oxford Internet Institute and Ruskin School of Art announce PhD selection

    DACS, in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Ruskin School of Art, is pleased to announce that our Doctoral Knowledge Exchange Studentship has been awarded to Laura Molloy, who will investigate the economic and policy-making landscape for visual artists in the UK.

    The value of digital in visual arts practice

    Laura Molloy will build on her previous academic research at the University of Glasgow into how artists use the internet to support their practice.
    Commencing in October 2015, Laura Molloy will look specifically at the artistic and economic value of the internet in the working practices of today’s artists.
    She said: “I'm thrilled to be selected for this studentship with DACS, OII and Ruskin School of Art. This is a great opportunity for me to bring together my experience as both a practitioner and a researcher to look at how visual artists find and use digital information in their working practices.
    Many artists are highly skilled but lowly paid: I want to help identify where artists can get better value from their use and management of digital resources to help make their practices more sustainable. My aim is to produce outputs from this project which will be genuinely useful to visual artists as well as the academic world.”
    If you receive royalties from DACS and are interested in Laura’s research, you can contact her at laura.molloy@oii.ox.ac.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter for updates.

    Find out more

    As a Knowledge Exchange Studentship, the three year cross-disciplinary PhD aims to encourage collaboration between higher education institutions and non-academic organisations.
    As part of the PhD, Laura will be based primarily at OII, but will also spend periods of time at DACS and Ruskin School of Art. As a partner, DACS will make data sets and archives available to Laura for the purposes of her research.
    The PhD is supported jointly by DACS and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the Oxford University Social Science Doctoral Training Centre.
    We will be reporting on the progress of Laura’s research over the next few years. Subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

    Image: From The New Economy of Art public debate series. Photography by Brian Benson © Brian Benson, 2015.

    Posted on 21/10/2015 by Laura Ward-Ure