Future-Making Creative Cultures

Future-Making Creative Cultures: Waste, Salvage, Repair and Sustainability

Degree type


Closing date

22 November 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Proposals are sought for PhD projects that can inform innovative modes of creative practice that embrace, explore and exploit reclaimed or second-use local materials and objects to establish ethical, environmentally sound and sustainable approaches to art and design. The research will investigate themes of salvage and repair, the reuse or repurposing of materials, objects and waste, examine ways that we consume the materials and objects of everyday life and the natural world, and inform new future-focussed approaches to creative practice. The research may also incorporate community-engaged creative practices and site-specificity as key methodologies.

The aim of the research is to determine innovative modes of practice in creative art and design and expand current knowledge through critical, creative and experimental engagement with materials, methodologies and discourse.

The project is open to artists and designers from various backgrounds to explore innovative approaches to creative practice and material culture specifically in placed-based settings.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Steven Carson


The scholarship supporting this project provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000;
  • a tuition fee scholarship for up to 4 years (successful domestic applicants will be awarded an RTP Fees Offset and successful international applicants will be awarded a University of Tasmania Fees Offset)

The scholarship supporting this project is funded by the University of Tasmania and the Australian Government through the Research Training Program.


The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the PhD minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Fine Art, Visual Art, Crafts and Design

Selection Criteria

The project/scholarship is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional selection criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants are expected to have a strong background in visual art, craft and design practice and theory
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, and written communication skills
  • Proposals should identify a research project that fits within the broad project description, with a clearly articulated topic and field of interest, key concepts and methods, and identify how these will contribute to new creative futures and innovation
  • Applicants are required to submit a folio of creative and written work or provide a website that includes examples of these

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Steven Carson, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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