print-making and performance project over the course of the summer, coinciding with Manchester International Festival. The space is currently almost entirely empty, and painted off-white, so Natalie's A2 size poster was the only point of visual interest when stuck on the bare walls.
Natalie explained that the poster being presented was a smaller version of an A1 poster she has had to produce for a research event at the School of the Built and Natural Environment at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, where she recently started a PhD with the title 'Pictures for Schools: Art, Education and Reconstruction in Post-War Britain'. She explained that Pictures for Schools was an annual exhibition in London (and later Wales) which took place annually from 1947, until at least the late 1960s, and enabled county councils and local education authorities to buy original artworks for display in schools.
The crit was a chance to discuss the effectiveness of the poster, gauge people's reactions who were not familiar with the research and suggest things which could be done better. For example, there was debate over the images being in black and white, and whether they fitted in with the colour scheme or whether they would be more effective in colour. Partly this was because of the early stage of the research, and the necessity of reusing relatively low-resolution images from the internet as opposed to original images. Natalie has also started a research blog to document her project as it progresses, and there was agreement that it should host a gallery of images relating to Pictures for Schools, and that it would be good to see images of some of the work in situ in schools in the future. Sara said it could be nice to see how the project progresses through posters, if more posters are made in future, so that a collection of posters can be displayed together at the end of the research.
The research poster was a format that most people present had not come across before. Lauren Velvick mentioned that Paper Gallery at Mirabel Studios will be holding an exhibition of alternative ways of presenting research later in the year, by researchers from MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University, which led to a passing discussion on alternative ways of communicating research such as performance lecturing and video essays, and the relationship between art and research.