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Dr Shirley Chubb

Shirley’s research has involved collaboration with curators, scientists and archivists where she creates visual responses to specific collections and sites.

Catalogues documenting her work have attracted contributions from a range of associated fields including social history, arts discourse, ethnography and the history of architecture.

Significant Walks

Current projects include the Wellcome Trust funded, Significant Walks, where Shirley has led a collaborative research team including experts in physiotherapy, bio mechanics and digital media.

Significant Walks explores the reality of walking for individuals with chronic lower back pain and involves working with a group of participants from Sussex.

The project builds upon the resonance of walking as an interpretive tool and stems from Shirley’s exhibition Thinking Path which took Charles Darwin’s daily ritual of walking the same path in the grounds of his family home Down House as its inspiration. 

Further research projects

Shirley recently completed a new film work Whomade as part of the collaborative Narrative Cloth project where she worked with colleagues from the Fine Art and History departments at University of Chichester.

The project developed visual responses to Dr Danae Tankard’s research on the clothing of the rural poor in 17th Sussex and took place at the Weald & Downland Museum where Dr. Tankard is Museum Historian.

In 2014 Shirley completed a second body of work based on Darwin, Pen Rest. 

One of a series commissions by contemporary artists funded by Arts Council England the work contributing to the major Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment project.

Pen Rest focused on Darwin’s memories of childhood and involved the use of site specific video, archive photography and natural history specimens.  

Shirley has contributed papers and presentations to a range of conferences within the visual arts research environment as well as to the fields of walking based research, photography and archive research, museum studies, narrative research and the philosophy and history of science.

Research supervision

External Supervisor Practice based PhD by Publication.  Candidate: Catherine Baker.  Thesis Title: An Artistic Investigation into the Relationship between Eye-Tracking and Drawing, Awarding Institution: University of Bedfordshire. Completion: February 2012

External Co-Supervisor: Interdisciplinary Arts & Health Practice-based study. Candidate: Peter Marsh.  Institution: University of Brighton (MPhil: Health Professions)

Internal Supervisor: Practice-based PhD. Candidate: Natalie Rowland. Institution: University of Chichester

Internal Supervisor: Practice-based PhD. Candidate: Virginia Farman.  Institution: University of Chichester