Dobrochna Futro


Research title

Translanguaging art: Investigation into multilingual practices of contemporary artists and their implications for language pedagogy

Research summary

In my PhD project, I explore research into multilingualism as it is undertaken by contemporary artists and evaluate its potential for language pedagogy.

I test affordances of an art-centred, indigenous and multilingual investigation into multimodal and intra-modal code-switching practices of contemporary artists and examine what (and how) we can learn about multilingualism from art that combines languages with other artistic means of expression.

I employ the concept of art practice-as-research and art-as-pedagogy and situate my research within the framework of translanguaging, migratory aesthetics, and critical indigenous pedagogy.

Polish is now, after English, the most commonly spoken language in Scottish schools, and in my PhD project, I focus on creating resources for teaching Polish in a multilingual and multicultural context. 

Higher Education
PhD in Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow (in progress)
MA in History of Art, University College London
MA in Polish Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Extramural Research Diploma in Arts Management, Birkbeck College, University of London


  • AHRC DTP Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities Studentship, 2018  
  • Ella Maxwell Travel Scholarship, 2018
  • Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, Cohort Development Fund Award for the training workshop on the art methods in language learning (with Marta Nitecka-Barche & Deirdre MacKenna), 2018
  • Glasgow University College of Arts, Student Travel Award, 2018
  • Oxford University OxTalents Award for the Best Research Poster (with Arno Bosse & Miranda Lewis), 2014
  • Oxford University Social Enterprise Award, funding for GRANDA, an educational project and a book created with Polish children, 2013 
  • Comic Relief/ Oxfordshire Community Foundation, funding for Hogacre Kids Community Project, 2013
  • Visegrad Fund, 2 VARP Grants for MPRA, International Artist-in-Residence Programme, 2012
  • City of Poznan and Wielkopolska Marshal Office Grants for MPRA, International Artist-in-Residence Programme, 2012
  • City of Poznan and Wielkopolska Marshal Office Grants for MPRA, International Artist-in-Residence Programme, 2011
  • Arts Gateway MK Grant for Parallax Offsite MK, symposium, exhibition and a series of art interventions at Milton Keynes Gallery, 2010


  • Futro, Dobrochna 'Translanguaging or translanguaged? The politics of language in selected works by Krzysztof Wodiczko'. Paper to be presented at the Language, Translation, and Migration: Conference and Public Summit 2018, University of Warwick, 24-26 May 2018
  • Futro, Dobrochna 'Translanguaging art. Recreating Kristevan thetic space as a space of learning. Paper with an experiential coda to be presented at the UNESCO Spring School, The Arts of Integrating: Stories of Refugee Hospitality and Agency,  9 - 11 May 2018
  • Futro, Dobrochna 'Translanguaging Art. Situating the relationship between language and multilingual identity within the context of contemporary art'. Paper presented at the Creative Multilingualism Conference 2018: Creative Multilingual Identities, Institute of Education, University of Reading, 2 -3 February 2018
  • Futro, Dobrochna 'Translanguaging art'. Paper presented at the Multilingualisms in World Literature Conference, SOAS, University of London, 18 - 20 January 2018

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