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Research partnerships

Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon work with a number of different institutions and cultural organisations. These research partnerships help us shape cultural agendas, develop strong research and ensure it reaches a wider audience.

Our current partners are the National Theatre, Horniman Museum and British School at Athens. To become a research partner get in touch with our Research Manager Ellie Pitkin -

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 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 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 and 3D stage models.

Our collaboration with the National Theatre includes the annual Jocelyn Herbert lecture series.

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, 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.

Past collaborators

Our research staff collaborate with a wide range of partners. We have worked with the following educational institutions, museums, galleries and organisations:


  • SHARE (Setting the Agenda in Europe for Research and Doctoral Programs in the Arts)
  • 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)
  • Valand Academy, University of Gothenberg (Sweden)
  • Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Parsons / The New School (New York, USA)
  • Academy of Fine Art (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Artists' Moving Image Research Network
  • University of Hyderabad (India)
  • University College London

Museums and galleries

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

Other organisations

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