Clare Edwards

Research title

Cultural Policy in Glasgow, 1970-1989

Research summary

The aim of the PhD project is to gain a better understanding of the emergence of cultural policy in Glasgow in the decades leading up to 1990, based on documentary research and on oral history intervies with the key surviving decision-makers.

1990 was significant in the development of cultural policy in Glasgow as the year in which the city hosted the European City of Culture event. This was the first time the title had been awarded to a UK city and to a post-industrial city. The two decades preceding 1990 saw Glasgow face severe socio-economic challenges. A range of strategies and initiatives were developed to regenerate the economy in Glasgow, including investment in the arts and culture.

There is substantial literature analysing the impact of European City of Culture 1990 in Glasgow and beyond from a wide range of perspectives. However, there is significantly less known about the origins of Glasgow's strategy and the emergence of cultural policy in the city in the years leading to 1990.

This is a collaborative project in partnership with Glasgow Life. It has the potential to provide Glasgow Life with a better understanding of the factors affecting the recent historical direction taken by cultural policy in Glasgow and whether these continue to play out in the present, impacting beyond the academy.

Supervisors

Grants

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Glasgow Life

Teaching

2016: Guest Lecturer, 4th year drama degree module: Cultural Planning and Delivery (University of the Highlands and Islands/Glasgow Kelvin College)

Additional information

Clare graduated from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 2002 with an MA History of Art, and from Newcastle University in 2000 with a First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art. She has since worked in arts development at Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and Baltic the Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead.