Two postgraduate students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) have been awarded residencies by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) following a competitive application process.

Daphne de Sonneville, a PhD candidate in the School of Art, will spend a week at Cove Park on Scotland’s west coast, while Deveron Projects will host Katerina Talianni for a week in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Supervised by Maria Fusco (with David Sherry), Daphne’s practice-based research investigates slapstick and abstraction through written fiction, performances, video and sculpture.

During her stay at Cove Park, she will work on two performances and hopes to present a live reading of poems in combination with video to her fellow residents, using editing techniques as a slapstick method to manipulate the rhythm of typed text visible on the surface of the screen.

Katerina is a PhD candidate in the Reid School of Music, supervised by Dr Annette Davison. Her research explores soundwalking practices and their impact on audiences’ creative engagement with space and sound through walking.

During her week as a Thinker in Residence with Deveron, she plans on deepening her understanding of the community’s socially engaged arts practices, particularly Deveron Projects’ philosophy that ‘the town is the venue’, and how collaborative practices can bridge disciplines and explore the relationship between artists and community. At ECA, Katerina co-convenes the student-led Interdisciplinary Research Network (sIREN) with Art - PhD student, Eleni-Ira Panourgia.

About the SGSAH Researcher in Residence Programme

The SGSAH AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership is a collaboration between seven Scottish universities - including the University of Edinburgh - and the Glasgow School of Art.

Now in its second year, its Researcher in Residence programme is open to any PhD doctoral researcher in arts and humanities at a SGSAH member institution.

Three residencies have been awarded in 2017 following a competitive application process; two of the three have gone to ECA students.

Last year, Matluba Khan, was selected as the first ever SGSAH / Deveron Arts’ Thinker in Residence. In the year since, she has completed her PhD in Landscape Architecture at ECA, won a Great Places Award at the 47th annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in North Carolina, USA, and is currently organising the Researching with and for children conference which takes place at Edinburgh College of Art from 8th - 9th May 2017.

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