Between 2012-17 Grace A Williams was the Gertrude A Bowater award holder for practice-led PhD research based at the Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham School of Art working on the thesis The Supernatural Sex: Women, Magick & Mediumship: Assembling a Field of Fascination in Contemporary Art. The research utilised the philosophical framework of New Materialist Feminism, drawing on the authorship of Isabelle Stengers, Karen Barad & Elizabeth Grosz, to interrogate the performance and sexual politics of the female body within the fields of Mediumship and Magick, with a specific focus on the materialising mediums within the Thomas Glendenning Hamilton photographic archive.
Director of Studies: Henry Rogers, Glasgow School of Art
Supervisor: Professor Johnny Golding, Royal College of Art
Supervisor: David Cheeseman, Birmingham School of Art & Tintype Gallery
External Examiner: Katy Macleod, Reader at Kingston School of Art