The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Merrington

Research Associate

Background

Profile

With a background in social science, my research focuses on film and visual art. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate on Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for Specialised Film in English Regions, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Between 2015 and 2017 I was Assistant Director of AV Festival, an international festival of contemporary art, film and music, based in North East England. I received a PhD in Fine Art from Newcastle University (2016). Previously, I taught Art History at Newcastle University and worked on the production of film festivals, contemporary art biennials and international events.

Education

PhD in Fine Art, Newcastle University, UK
BA (Hons) in Social Science, Durham University, UK

Research

Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for Specialised Film in English Regions

Beyond the Multiplex is a three year project that seeks to understand how to enable a wider range of audiences to participate in a more diverse film culture. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the aim of the project is to understand how to enable a wider range of audiences to participate in a more diverse film culture that embraces the wealth of films beyond the mainstream; and how to optimise the cultural value of engaging with specialised film.

PhD Research

My doctoral research addressed the intersections of contemporary art, festival and place through a case study on the geographies of a new contemporary art festival in North East England. Examining AV Festival between 2003 and 2012, the research assembled histories of art, curating, cultural policy and theories of mobility and place to evaluate how festival processes can advocate a progressive sense of place.

Publications