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Welcome Ambrose Musiyiwa – PhD researcher

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Earlier this year we shared the good news as CAN embarked on a partnership with The University of Manchester to offer a fully-funded PhD opportunity, ‘Listening to the voices of refugee-heritage artists’ and possibly the first of its kind in the UK.  Now, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Ambrose Musiyiwa as our PhD candidate.

Ambrose is a poet, journalist and photographer. His poems have been featured in many anthologies and his journalism, short stories and essays published in newspapers and magazines in the UK, Zimbabwe, the United States and South Korea. His poem The Man Who Ran Through The Tunnel has been translated into over 12 languages. He has an enduring interest in the intersection between arts, activism, migration and community action and has organised numerous creative projects, including the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and Civic Leicester, a community media channel highlighting conversations taking place in and around Leicester.

I am absolutely delighted about being appointed as a PhD candidate and am looking forward to the research. Over the years I have met a good number of people from Manchester and have heard many great things about the city and am looking forward to discovering the city as well.


Ambrose’s research will address the barriers and opportunities refugee-heritage artists experience here in the UK; shining a much needed light on their contributions, offering new insights for the arts and academic sector, as well as provide findings that will have the potential to influence future cultural policy.

This unique partnership between University of Manchester and CAN brings together organisations with a significant track-record and reputation in the sphere of arts and migration in the North West and nationally. This study takes off at an extraordinary time in global history, in the midst of the international Covid-19 crisis and as the UK leaves the European Union. Both the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit will have a significant effect on artists, the arts infrastructure and practices and, among other things, we would like to find out how this is affecting refugee heritage artists.

We are really excited about Ambrose joining us at CAN.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to deepen our relationship with University of Manchester and work with Ambrose to contribute to new thinking in arts and migration.


It is fantastic to be able to work in collaboration with Community Arts Northwest on this unique and important research project. We’re delighted to be working with Ambrose and we look forward to considering these important questions about arts and migration.


The collaborative doctoral program is funded by AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) via the Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Programme.  Ambrose will begin working on his PhD in October 2020, until then, we hope you will join us in sending our warmest wishes and a hearty welcome to Ambrose as he prepares for the move to Manchester!

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