Art open days


The Department of Art at Goldsmiths holds its open days during the Autumn term.

Please note that these Open Days do not include other departments, such as the Department of Design. You can find out more about studying in other departments at Goldsmiths Open Days.

Undergraduate Departmental Open Day

  • Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Wednesday 13 November 2019

Starting promptly at 2pm, with a 30 minute presentation and Q&A with senior academic staff, venue to be confirmed

This will be followed at 2.30pm by tours of the Department's art practice areas and studios on the New Cross campus.

There is no requirement to book in advance.

Postgraduate Departmental Open Day

  • Wednesday 4 December 2019
For MFA Fine Art: Starting promptly at 2pm with introductory talks at the Deptford Bridge site. Please arrive at 2pm promptly at the address below where you will be met.
Back Gate, Lewisham Southwark College
2 Deptford Church Street
These introductory talks will be followed at 2.45pm by a visit to the postgraduate studios
For MFA Curating: (details to be confirmed)
For MA Artists' Film & Moving Image: Starting promptly at 3pm with an introductory talk in a venue to be confirmed on the New Cross campus, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
The day's activities for all postgraduate programmes will be followed by tours of the art practice areas and facilities on the New Cross campus.  These will depart at 4pm from directly outside the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre.  Tours last approximately one hour and are for all postgraduate applicants.
There is no requirement to book in advance.
For MPhil / PhD: Thursday 24 October 2019, 5pm to 7.30pm at 43 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6QD
Starting promptly at 5 pm with a presentation on the programme and Q&A.  Members of the Research Programme team will be available to discuss the details of the programme and application procedure.
This will be held in the Research Programme building (MARs) which includes seminar rooms, studios, an exhibition and installation room, offices and a garden. (PhD researchers studios at the Goldsmiths Deptford site will not be available to view.)
Please consult the MPhil/PhD Art web page before your visit. Please also see College-wide PG open days.

Visit Goldsmiths

You can also visit us at our College-wide open days and campus tours.

For directions and campus maps, see how to get to Goldsmiths.


Steve McQueen

Photo of Steve McQueen
Turner Prize-winning artist and film-maker who was the first black director to win a Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.

Steve McQueen made his first films at Goldsmiths, graduating from the BA Fine Art course in 1993. In the same year he made Bear, which documented an ambiguous encounter between two naked men, one of whom is McQueen himself. The film raised issues about violence, homoeroticism and race, themes that continue to influence McQueen's work. In the years that followed he made more short films, often projecting them onto the walls of an enclosed gallery space, for heightened intimacy.

In 1999 he won the Turner Prize for his original and uncompromising approach to film installation and his innovative presentation of work in other media. The organisers commented on McQueen’s ability to “take a simple incident or image and evoke complex emotions and ideas from them”.

During his varied career he has also worked as an official war artist in Iraq (2006), and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2009.

In recent years McQueen has gained critical acclaim for filmmaking. In 2008 he won a BAFTA and the prestigious Caméra d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Hunger, his feature film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. He co-wrote and directed Shame (2011), “a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction”.

His most celebrated film, 12 Years A Slave, is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup and brings to life the incredible true story of a free man who was forced into slavery. The film – which has been described by The New Yorker as "easily the greatest film ever made about American slavery" – has won awards including an Oscar for Best Picture, the first film with a black director to scoop the award. It also earned a BAFTA for Best Film, and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.