LYC in Cumbria Project

A Doctoral studentship in contemporary art is offered by the University of Cumbria.

The successful student will undertake a practice-based response to the legacy of Chinese artist/curator Li-Yuan chia’s life and work in Cumbria.


  •         Deadline for applications is 28th January,
  •         Initial paper review and agreed shortlist by 4th February,
  •         Interview preferred candidates week of 18th February,
  •         Agree offers and process for a 1st April 2019 start. (Start date is non-negotiable.)

The context for the research will be on Li’s migration (circuitously from China through Italy and London) and how his choice to settle in Cumbria, informed the development and coalescence of his own curatorial and artistic approaches. During the years 1971 – 1982, Li extended an already significant artistic practice involving abstract, sculptural and audio works, by opening and developing a Gallery in Banks, a hamlet situated on the Roman wall. The LYC Museum soon became a nationally and later, internationally respected venue, serving a wide group of participants – from the local community to regional and emerging national and international artists. His success and reputation is based on a spirit of inclusion, generosity and hospitality within the field of modern and contemporary art. 

Using contemporary practice-as-research methods, the student will make work in the media of their choice, in consideration of Li-Yuan chia’s artistic and curatorial practice as a migratory, transcultural exchange, situated unusually as it was, within a non-metropolitan, rural setting.

The applicant must demonstrate an ability and inclination to network and build communities of interest/practice around the LYC legacy – including comprehensive use of resources offered by partners of the University of Cumbria, the John Rylands Research Institute (Manchester) and the LYC Foundation (London).

In addition to fully paid tuition fees there is a tax free annual stipend of £14,777, paid in monthly instalments each year; plus £500 additional funding to go towards any travel or field work expenses.

You can find full details of the studentship, as well as the application form and guidelines on how to write a research proposal, here:

If you would like to discuss your application and ideas you may have for your proposal with a tutor, please contact the lead supervisor Dr Mark Wilson at: