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Past Research Events

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon past research events that centre around the colleges' subject areas of design, fine art and performance.

Jocelyn Herbert’s set design for Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden.

Staging the Real

Symposium that explored historic and contemporary approaches to evoke or present the real or realisms in theatre and performance.

Matisse sketching The Dance (1931).
Matisse sketching The Dance (1931). The Barnes Collection.

Painting as ReModel

Symposium that looked at painting as both a conceptual and a material enquiry.

Still from Amazon, a 16mm film by A K Dolven.
Still from Amazon, a 16mm film by A K Dolven.

Women in Conceptual Art

New research in performance, scores, film and happenings emerging from female artists’ conceptual art practices.

She Carries the Water by Elizabeth La Pensee.
She Carries the Water by Elizabeth La Pensee.

Speculative Design: Afrofuturist and Indigenous Projections

Science-fictional and future-orientated cultural practice in which people of colour, indigenous cultures and non-Western subjects take centre stage.

Blind Dinner Date. Image courtesy: ZU-UK.
Blind Dinner Date. Image courtesy: ZU-UK.

Adaptation, Participation, Risk-taking

Event that looked at creative interventions in contemporary performance. Included a workshop by ZU-UK.

Shadows on the Hill (2009) by Akiko Takizawa.
Shadows on the Hill (2009) by Akiko Takizawa.

Encountering Difference

Symposium that looked at ways in which lens-based practitioners explore the concept of difference.

Photograph of a man wearing a paper bag with the LGBT rainbow flag on it by Christa Holka
Photo by Christa Holka.

Shame on You

Symposium that drew together performance artists, psychoanalysis academics and novelists to discuss shame, sexuality and identity.

Im/Material Encounters with the Creative Arts Archive

The Im/Material conference brings together artists, archivists, curators and academics to consider the role of the archive in aspects of culture.

Shadow without Object

An interdisciplinary symposium on photographic futures in a post-digital world.

Projection/Expulsion: Strategies of Beholding

Symposium and accompanying exhibition that aimed to bring a new critical awareness to the way in which beholding is also a ‘being-held’.

On Interpretation

Robert Storr, Bernd Behr, Rebecca Heald and David A Bailey explore the relationship the between the exhibition maker and the interpretation of the artist’s work.

Victorian Futures

The Victorian Futures conference explores how ideas of cultural democracy are realised through design, architecture, art, material and popular culture.

What Does Artwork Do? Criticality and Context

Instead of asking the question “What is Art?”, the symposium provided a space to explore and debate the role and purpose of artwork.

Taste After Bourdieu

Speakers from arts practice, art education, curation, sociology and cultural criticism gather to ask - what's the relationship between aesthetic judgement and social distinction?

Memories of the Future

From our current ‘after the future’ position, our imagination draws on an extensive repository of symbols, forms and technologies rooted in history, imagination and memory.

Past collaborators


  • Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD - Geneva University of Art and Design)
  • Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT, Australia)
  • Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Parsons / The New School (New York, USA)
  • Academy of Fine Art (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Artists' Moving Image Research Network
  • SHARE (Setting the Agenda in Europe for Research and Doctoral Programs in the Arts)
  • Valand Academy, University of Gothenberg (Sweden)
  • University of Hyderabad (India)
  • University College London
  • University of Manchester

Museums and galleries

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
  • Alan Cristea Gallery
  • British Museum
  • Raven Row
  • Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)
  • Tokyo Wonder Site
  • The Showroom
  • The Tate

Other organisations

  • Future Laboratory
  • Cape Farewell
  • Society for Artistic Research
  • Wellcome Trust