The Stuart Hall Foundation and the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH) at the University of Sussex are delighted to invite applications for the Stuart Hall Fellowship 2023.

Inspired by the life and work of Professor Stuart Hall, the Stuart Hall Foundation seeks to support new generations of creative thinkers and provoke original thinking, debate and research. Its vision is to encourage scholars, artists and researchers to build on Professor Stuart Hall’s legacy to transform the political and cultural landscape. The Foundation’s programme includes fellowships and scholarships, residencies and commissions as well as a series of public talks, events and screenings. 

The School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH) at the University of Sussex brings together a wide range of disciplines including English, Cultural Studies, History, Art History, Philosophy, Media, Film, Music, Drama, Journalism and Language Studies. It combines rigorous critical and historical studies of the media, arts and humanities with opportunities for creative practice in a range of forms and media including photography, film, radio, and interactive digital imaging. The School is resourced with a wide range of state of the art equipment for various forms of media practice. 

The Stuart Hall Fellowship at the University of Sussex was established in 2018 to provide an opportunity for a talented, creative individual to develop their practice within an academic context. Past Stuart Hall Fellows at the University of Sussex include the renowned photographer and Turner prize nominee Ingrid Pollard, journalist Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, and multi-media artist and curator Susuana Amoah. This year we continue our focus on creating opportunities for emerging or early career creative practitioners, particularly those based in or working with communities in Brighton and the wider Sussex area.

Duration and fees

The Fellowship will run during the spring term of the academic year 2022/23 (i.e. between 23 January and 31 March 2023). The School has a £5,000 budget in total, which comprises a £4,000 honorarium and £1,000 for travel and other event-related expenses. Details of the budget and payment will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate on appointment. The Fellow will have the opportunity to undergo technical inductions to access selected equipment and facilities specific to their proposed research and an appropriate academic/practice-based member of staff will act as a point of contact for the duration of their Fellowship.

In return, the Fellow would be expected to participate and help devise a showcase event e.g. panel discussion, screening or symposium (as appropriate) as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas which is connected with the Brighton Festival in May 2023. The Fellow would also be encouraged to provide a masterclass or participatory workshop for students, staff, and/or local communities in Sussex. We would also like to encourage the Fellow to produce an output such as an article or other written work, short film, art piece, animation, performance, which could provide some legacy of the collaboration and could be disseminated publicly.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, please provide a one-page proposal (maximum of 1000 words) for how you might use the Fellowship by midnight on Wednesday 30 November 2022. It would be helpful if your proposal could include the following information:

  1. how your practice fits with the work of Stuart Hall and the Stuart Hall Foundation;
  2. how the Fellowship will contribute to the development of your creative practice;
  3. ideas for how you might work with academics and students at the University of Sussex and/or local organisations in Brighton and Sussex more widely; 
  4. your availability during this period and your preferred working days/hours; and
  5. what media equipment and facilities you would require access to during your Fellowship.

Please send your application or any questions to Irene Fubara-Manuel and Naaz Rashid at the University of Sussex. Successful applicants will be contacted by mid-December 2022.

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