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Ashmolean Project Portal

A new series of collaborative opportunities is being fostered by the Ashmolean Museum and the TORCH Knowledge Exchange programme through the Project Portal in order to strengthen existing ties between the Museum and the academic community. We want to encourage both researchers and graduate students to develop project ideas linking their research to the museum’s forthcoming exhibitions. We hope that university members will take advantage of the potential of the museum's exhibition content to enrich their own work, communicate to a wider audience, and to develop new perspectives and questions from which to address familiar issues.

Image copyright Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (John Cairns photography)

The Ashmolean Museum’s exhibitions are known for the quality of their presentation and for the expertise and scholarship that underpins the programmes. In addition to research and publications connected to the exhibitions, the Museum also provides a lively and engaging series of public and university events connected to exhibition themes, and offers opportunities for further creative expression in the galleries, lecture theatres and seminar rooms, and in its teaching spaces.

We are now inviting applications from University members for projects that will engage creatively with the 2014-2015 exhibition programme on British Artists, which is detailed below.


British Artists in Exhibition 2014-2015

Between October 2014 and October 2015,  the Ashmolean Museum unveils a series of four fascinating exhibitions on British artists, intended to showcase the Museum’s extensive collections and to reference the wider social contexts contained within the exhibitions’ themes. Three of the exhibitions centre on individual artists:  William Blake, Adam Buck, and James Gillray. The fourth exhibition brings together a group of thematically linked British drawings.

Please click here for more information about the exhibitions

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

The Blake submission deadline for projects has now closed, and we hope to announce the successful projects shortly.

Exhibition dates: 4 December 2014 – 1 March 2015.

The House of Death/The Lazar House c. 1795 © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

William Blake (1757–1827) The House of Death © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Love Bites: Caricatures of James Gillray

Exhibition dates: 26 March – 21 June 2015.
Application deadline: 15 November 2014.

The Jersey Smuggler Detected (WA2003.Douce.2669)







Great British Drawings

Exhibition dates: 16 April – 31 August 2015
Application deadline: 15 December 2014.

Please click here for more information about the exhibition.

David Bomberg, Evening in the City of London (WA1981.606)

Regency Life: the Art of Adam Buck

Exhibition dates: 16 July – 11 October 2015.
Application deadline: 1 February 2015.

Portrait of John Cam Hobhouse, 1st Baron Broughton, 1818 (WA1956.6)










How to Apply

The Ashmolean Project Portal now invites proposals from researchers and postgraduate students in the University community. Please see above for the application deadlines. We will look for proposals that consider the exhibitions from new perspectives and connect with the material in innovative and enriching ways. This might be by addressing public interest, enhancing research paths, creating new forms of interaction between text and object, or developing independent projects. We would like to draw on the intellectual and creative potential of the academic community, and are keen to have your ideas for ways in which you could engage with our collections. Preference will be given to applications demonstrating innovative approaches, or collaboration across disciplinary and/or faculty-student lines. 

Application Process

Submissions should take the form of a 250 word description of your proposed project. Please email your application to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Within your application you should specify:

• Which exhibition your proposal relates to
• Name and university status of all project participants
• How your proposal reflects your research interests
• Expected project outcomes: public, research, museum, publications
• Expected impact of the project
• Intended project timeline, from research through delivery

Successful candidates will be able to gain access to galleries and curatorial expertise wherever possible, and will have the support and guidance of the University Engagement Programme throughout the process. The Museum will also allocate resources to documenting and recording aspects of the partnerships as part of the process.

For further information on the Project Portal, please contact the Ashmolean’s University Engagement Programme: 

Funding Awards

Successful projects will be eligible to apply for seed funding from the Ashmolean Project Portal, with funds set aside for each exhibition. Please contact for information. On a larger scale, this initiative is part of TORCH | the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities’ Knowledge Exchange programme. Successful applicants interested in developing their projects can contact TORCH for further advice and support on funding opportunities. Please contact Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley for more information.


Image of visitors in the gallery: © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (John Cairns photography)