Applications are invited from outstanding graduates for a full-time, three-year PhD studentship, starting in October 2008. The project will be co-supervised by Dr Sandra Dudley & Prof Rodrigo Quian Quiroga at the University of Leicester, and David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity.

This project aims to combine approaches from neuroscience, aesthetics and anthropology to explore, contextualise and explain art perception in public display spaces. Combining data collected using an eye-tracker with ethnographic observations, the project will challenge existing disciplinary boundaries in studying the perception of art objects, and form a new framework for research in this area. The project will contribute to understanding of the impact of public art across a range of academic subjects and in museum and gallery practice.
Further information on the project and details of how to apply can be found at and at
The deadline for Applications is Friday 4 July 2008. Candidates may be required to attend for interview on Monday 14 July 2008.
To discuss the project informally, please contact Prof. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga or Dr Sandra Dudley,

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