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Research Partnerships

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon work with a number of different institutions and cultural organisations.

These partnerships help us shape cultural agendas, develop strong research and ensure its' wider dissemination.

Current partners:

The 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.

Horniman Museum

Dr. Dan Byrne-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts is the first Horniman Museum Art, Design and Natural History Fellow.

Byrne-Smith will explore the Horniman’s acclaimed Natural History collection through the lens of science fiction. He will examine how audiences might engage with the collection to encourage and develop awareness around the environmental issues currently affecting the future of our planet.

British School at Athens

An arts residency in Greece, supported by a bursary and with studio and accommodation provided, is offered to practice-based PhD students at UAL annually.

The partnership furthers the BSA’s mission to support UK-based researchers within its' broad arts, humanities, and social sciences remit.

Research into archives, cultural memory, and landscape and transnational contexts for cultural transmission being carried out at UAL, engages well with similar themes identified in the BSA’s strategic plan for research.

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