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2021-22 Dissertation Prize winners

This year's prizes were awarded to Miranda Musson (Edinburgh College of Art) and Helen Warburton (University of London).

BA Dissertation Prize

Awarded to Miranda Musson, student of Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, for her dissertation ‘A Number of Scenes, Perhaps - Kettle’s Yard: mapping (making sense of) the domestic archive.’

Musson’s dissertation is sensitive and creative in its handling of subject matter and inventive in its exploration of the spatial form of the dissertation. The dissertation uses Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s sculpture ‘Dancer’ (1913) as a focus but its content is much wider than a single sculpture. In addition to ‘Dancer’, and to the subject of Kettle’s Yard as a domestic curated space, the dissertation is sculptural both in conception and experience.

Images: Miranda Musson portrait and and Map of Kettle’s Yard and Cambridge by Miranda Musson.

MA Dissertation Prize

Awarded to Helen Warburton, student of History of Photography, Birkbeck, University of London, for her dissertation ‘Radical Cameos: Sculptural Thinking, Bodiless Heads and the Early Photographic Portrait.’

Warburton’s writing combines strong empirical research with an impressive theoretical framework. She argues for the centrality of sculptural thinking in the emergence and aesthetics of a specific sub-genre of the Victorian carte-de-visite, the bust view, “one of a range of photographic processes which capitalized on imperial impulses”.

Images: portrait of Helen Warburton ©BAFTA/Jordan Anderson, and Undated carte de visite of unidentified sitter, produced by Eyre Photo, London, collection of the author.