Dr Nick Renshaw completed his PhD 2013.
Nick’s AHRC supported PhD thesis is titled ‘The standing, nature, potentials and significance of international, cross-cultural ceramic art residencies’. His practice-led research questions include, 1. How and why do Ceramic Residence Centres influence ceramic production, and what is their impact and significance on innovation to the individual and to the wider ceramic field? 2. What are the mutual benefits for undertaking concentrated periods of work in residence? Do these benefits aid a cross cultural exchange of knowledge and practice within the contemporary ceramic art field, and where can this lead the use of the material? 3. How has work ‘In Residence’ influenced my practice with regard to the wider ceramic and art fields both in the short and long term.
His current research aims to provide a description of the current standing and significance of international ceramic art residencies. This is supported by the development of an understanding as to their significance to the ceramic artist, to the ceramic arts in general, to the fine arts, to a broader cultural agenda and to innovation for the material.