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The Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School works with a number of different institutions and cultural organisations. These collaborations help us shape cultural agendas, develop strong research and ensure its’ wider dissemination.

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The British School at Athens

Residency opportunity and accompanying bursary for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon PhD students. Beginning in 2015-16 the British School at Athens (BSA) and the Graduate School will be offering PhD students an arts residency in Athens, Greece. The annual residency, which is confirmed for the next three years, will also be supported by a bursary.

During their time in Athens the selected student will have to give an introductory lecture and host an open studio event. The student will also be required to give a lecture when they return from Greece.

Cape Farewell

Cape Farewell is an international not-for-profit organisation that instigates cultural responses to climate change. Cape Farewell has a three residency at the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School, which begun in 2014.

The Cape Farewell residency stimulates the creation of new issue-based artworks, as well as, much needed scientific and environmental debate around climate change. 

Projects have included:

  • A London based expedition on the Thames and accompanying student exhibition at Chelsea College of Arts
  • U-N-F-O-L-D exhibition dealing with climate change, that showcased the work of 26 international artists. The show toured universities in both the United States of America and China. Curated by Professor Chris Wainwright and Cape Farewell Director David Buckland

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Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design

Collaborative partnership, based around shared areas of research interest, between the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School and the Critical, Curatorial, Cross-Cultural, Cybermedia studies research based masters programme and pre-doctoral seminar group at the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD), Geneva University of Art and Design.

A common aim of both institutions is to use research in art as a powerful agent of artistic and cultural transformation.

Lead academics for the Graduate School are:

Partnership activity

Joint seminar and work shop programme on the theme of environment and sustainability.

Seminar at Chelsea College of Arts, November 2014

Presentations from:

  • Professor Catherine Quéloz (HEAD)
  • Professor Liliane Schneiter (HEAD)

PhD candidates: 

  • Manoela Afonso (Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School)
  • Karel Sidney Doing (London College of Communication)
  • Aurélien Gamboni (HEAD)
  • Joana de Oliveira (Central Saint Martins)
  • Vanessa Saraceno (Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School)
  • Janis Schroeder (HEAD)

Research exchange trip to Geneva, March 2015

A week long exchange that focussed on using live-tracing and mapping techniques to help with: 

  • The production of the Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva (TAAG): Representations of Global Environmental Change in Geneva’s Urban Ecologies
  • Research for the ‘Anthropocene Atlas: London’, which is looking at the University of the Arts London’s (UAL) finances, energy providers, interactions with non-governmental organisations, local communities and networks of empathy. The atlas will form part of the UAL ‘Cultures of Resilence’ programme in 2016

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Partnership between the ICA and the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School designed to encourage joint projects, develop shared research interests and enhance the postgraduate student experience.


‘What does an artwork do?’ - December 2014

Focussed on the work of Art & Language. With presentations from Bob and Roberta Smith, Elena Crippa, Paul Gladston, Jo Melvin and Chris Smith.

‘The Copyists’ - March 2015

Symposium that addressed modes of artistic practice such as republication, re-enactment and the repurposing of existing cultural material. Featured contributions from Sarah Dobai and Jo Melvin.

Chelsea College of Arts Postgraduate General Theory Forum

‘Where Theory Belongs’ - A series of ten lectures held at the ICA. Organised by Dr Stephen Wilson.


ICA membership is offered to all Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon staff, MA and PhD students. 

National Theatre

In 2014 the archive of renown theatre designer Jocelyn Herbert moved from Wimbledon College of Arts to the National Theatre. 

The archive continues to be a valuable resource for students and staff from Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts.

In March 2015 Chelsea MA Curating and Collections and Wimbledon MA Theatre Design students came together to curate the exhibition ‘Jocelyn Herbert and Samuel Beckett’ at Wimbledon Space. The show subsequently moved to the National Theatre’s Archive Study room.

The Graduate School's collaboration with the National Theatre also includes the annual Jocelyn Herbert lecture series. The 2015 lecture was given by German theatre director, Walter Asmus.

About the archive

The archive consists of over 6,000 of Herbert’s drawings for costume and set designs. Spanning her entire life, it contains everything from the work she made whilst a student at the London Theatre Studio in the late 1930s to the notebook she was using on the day she died. The archive also includes a wealth of other material including: 

  • Budgets and invoices
  • Contact books
  • Diaries
  • Ground plans
  • Masks and their moulds
  • Minutes from meetings
  • Notebooks relating to film, theatre and to her personal life
  • Posters
  • Production photographs
  • Programmes
  • Puppet figures
  • Research material
  • Scripts
  • Sketchbooks
  • Three-dimensional stage models


The Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School has a strong relationship with Tate Research. This has manifested itself in a number of ways including the programming of, and involvement in Tate events, as well as contributions from Tate staff to our ‘Bright Light’ journal.

‘The Black Subject: Ancient to Modern’ symposium - February 2015

Tate Britain symposium took an interdisciplinary approach, exploring relationships between artists and models, multi-racial interwar communities, historical subjects, sexuality, gender, and the work of previously neglected artists. 

The aim was to take a broad historical sweep, using the Tate collection as a starting point for a discussion on depictions of people of African and Asian decent in British art, tracing a journey from subject to subjectivity. 

PhD student Kimathi Donkor gave a paper entitled ‘Andromeda Africana’.

‘Beyond the Single Screen’ - June 2015

A screening / live expanded cinematic event at Tate Britain. Professor Cate Elwes launched her book ‘Installation and the Moving Image’ (Wallflower Press). The event featured the work of Guy Sherwin, Lynn Loo, and Semiconductor. 

‘Painting After Technology: Hal Foster and Mark Godfrey in Conversation’ - June 2015

Chaired by Dan Sturgis, Reader in Painting.

The discussion centred on how abstract painting could be pursued when this narrative is distrusted, and the gesture, through the use of technology or otherwise, can be faked or non-assignable. 

The event took place in Tate Modern’s new collection display, featuring key examples of work by artists such as Charline von Heyl, Albert Oehlen, Amy Sillman and Christopher Wool.

‘Thinking the Substrate’, Bright Light Journal

The spring edition of the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon journal, edited by Dan Sturgis, featured contributions from two members of Tate staff; archivist Adrian Glew and painting conservator Pia Gottschaller.

Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)

The Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School has a firmly established research partnership with the V&A. This is most notable through the work of our two V&A research fellows, Professor Carol Tulloch and . Their work includes research and scholarship on the history and current characteristics of the V&A as an institution.

There have been a number of other events that have developed the relationship further including:

‘Staying Power’ conference - May 2015

 Two-day event co-organised by the V&A and the Black Cultural Archives in connection with the exhibition of the same name. 

 Professor Carol Tulloch chaired the panel ‘Style and Content’.

 ‘Inspiration Examined’ project

Dr Linda Sandino was part of the project that looked at how inspiration gained through engagement with museum collections is articulated in design practice. 

Supported by Share Academy, a partnership between University College London, University of the Arts London, and London Museums Group. It aims to develop and foster relationships between specialist London museums and academics.

V&A Digital Programmes Department (Learning and Interpretation) Residency 

Sigune Hamann, Reader in Art and Media Practice undertook a residency that was funded through an Entrepreneur-in-Residence scheme by Creative Works London. 

Hamann worked with curators in the east asian and theatre and performance departments. 

‘Victorian Futures: Culture, Democracy and the State on the Road to Olympicopolis’ conference - May 2015

Conference that explored how ideas of cultural democracy are realised through art, architecture, design, material and popular culture. 

Organised by: 

  • Professor Malcolm Quinn - Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School
  • Professor Bill Sherman - Head of Research, V&A
  • Professor Anne Massey - Middlesex University

The conference saw the involvement of a number of V&A staff including:

  • Kieran Long - Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital
  • Christopher Marsden - Senior Archivist
  • Martin Roth - V&A Director

Find out more about Victorian Futures.