Text & Image – Call for Students (2021)

Postgraduate Students Call!

Open to all University of St Andrews’ postgraduate students

Dear students, 

University of St Andrews postgraduates are invited to participate in a new programme of creative collaborations run by researchers of the Text & Image project. Participants will collaborate with visual artists to explore intersections between religious/spiritual text and art, and to create original images for scholarly analysis. The programme will continue the successful TheoArtistry model, and will start in April 2021. Application is open to students from all disciplines who will be matriculated at the University of St Andrews for the duration of the collaborations (May-December 2021).  

The theme is revelationas doctrine and experience. The aim is to create small research pairs or triads of students and artists to discuss the production of visual art on this theme. 

These partnerships offer an opportunity for researchers to undertake focused cross-disciplinary work. Participants will gain experience in scholarly engagement with the arts and bringing theologically informed research into the public sphere. Research will be tailored to the needs and interests of an artist, with the potential for participants to explore conceptual and aesthetic interactions between text and image; examine the theme of revelation through scholarly and artistic methods; acquire a greater depth of understanding of the relationship between theology and visual art; and develop avenues for related work in the future. 

To apply, you are asked to complete an online application form here. The selection process will aim to recruit 50% of research participants from Divinity students and 50% from other disciplines. The deadline for submitting your application is April 26th, 2021. 

Simultaneously, visual artists will be applying to participate in the programme in a separate process. 

The programme will begin with a launch event on May 21st, 2021, including online opening lectures by a distinguished art historian and a renowned artist. During the collaborations, each partnership will discuss ideas for theologically informed work of visual art including some written text, which the artist will go on to create. The programme will culminate in December 2021, with an event featuring masterclasses with prominent artists and opportunities for further engagement with the artworks produced as part of the scheme. The art produced will remain the artists’ property, with copies licensed to the collaborating student for personal use and the researchers for further investigations. 

We look forward to receiving your applications!  

Informal enquiries about the scheme can be made by email to Dr Nicole Ruta (nvgr1@st-andrews.ac.uk). 

Important dates:  

Call opens: 8th April 2021 

Deadline to apply: 26th April 2021  

Announcement of the selected applicants: 3rd May 2021  

Launching event: 21st May 2021 

Culminating event: 15th December, 2021.