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The Department of Art has a dynamic, internationally respected research culture committed to making, curating and critically evaluating contemporary art.

Research is carried out by staff and by research students.

Staff research

Research carried out by staff in the department is both individual and collective, often produced in collaboration with galleries and museums, working in London’s cosmopolitan contemporary art world as well as exhibiting internationally. All teaching in the Department is informed by our professional and academic experience; we are committed to the idea that artistic and curatorial practice constitutes research and has a wide cultural impact within and beyond the university.

Doctoral research programmes

MPhil and PhD research carried out by artists, curators and writers in the Department of Art is mostly practice-based, meaning that students are examined at the end of their research period on their practice (as artists, curators and writers) as well as on social, philosophical and historical questions they seek to determine through theoretical research carried out in academic form.

Research programme news

Tigersprung 1936 . 1972
  Two dates: 1936 and 1972. On the one hand, a time of emerging fascism and war. On the other, a time just after worldwide social conflicts culminated into the global protests of the late 1960’s. Jumping between these two dates, how can we catch a glimpse of our contemporary moment? . . . . more »

Potatoes & Stones: A Student-Led Art Research Symposium
Thursday, 24 – Friday, 25 November 2016 St James Hatcham Building (The Church), Goldsmiths Number 41 on campus map: Potatoes & Stones is the first of two research symposia for 2016-17 organised and led by MPhil & PhD Researchers in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College. Finding form through common research interests, this two-day more »

Animate Assembly Series #5: Jalal Toufic: “Dance”
6 October, 17:00-19:00, Studio A, Barriedale Building, Goldsmiths Dance, which, in the realm of altered body, silence, and movement into which it projects a subtle version of the dancer, makes possible immobilization, the genetic element of motion, allows all sorts of extraordinary movements, including an auto-mobility of the inanimate. The first couple of times when more »

Research Presentations
PhD Research Presentations Barriedale Building, Studio A, Main Seminar Space Thursday, 29th September – Friday 30th September We will be hosting a drinks reception for all researchers to conclude the presentations. All are welcome! Please feel free to invite guests … 10.00-10.20 WELCOME/INTRODUCTION 10.20-10.40 Roman Vasseur The Materialism of the Apparatus – Truffaut’s Vase 10.40-11.00 more »