Art Research

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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.

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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.

Art Research Programme

The Department of Art supports the development of art research in and through Fine Art, Curating, Art Writing and across disciplines. We consider all elements of the MPhil/PhD to be sites of rigorous experimentation and encourage researchers to develop research through processes of making, thinking, collaborating, investigating, experimenting, analysing and speculating.
Full information about the Art Research Programme, including the programme structure, research pathways and information on how to apply, can be found on the dedicated programme page here:

MPhil/PhD in Art

Current and Past Research Projects

Information about research projects supported by the Department of Art can be found here:
Current MPhil/PhD Researchers in Art
Past MPhil/PhD Researchers in Art

Core team

We have a dedicated team of staff who work on the PhD Programme, including:
Professor Kristen Kreider, Programme Director
Professor Michael Newman, Research Admissions Tutor
Dr Edgar Schmitz, Research Examinations Tutor

Drawing on the breadth and depth of research interests and expertise in the Department, all members of Staff in the Department of Art are available to supervise PhD’s and are invited to participate in events relating to the Art Research Programme. Many staff members have their own research initiatives and clusters that feed into the programme.

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The Mountain of Art Research (MARs) is based in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College, and linked to the Art Research Programme.

MARs supports and promotes the development of innovative art research across a range of art practices including - but not limited to - studio, performance, film and video, curatorial, critical, art-writing, situated, participatory and interdisciplinary practice. Through MARs we bring together researchers within Art, across disciplines, between institutions and beyond higher education for intentional, concentrated discussion and sharing of research.

Committed to rigorous formal experimentation, maverick conceptual exploration and socially-engaged articulation, MARs emphasises the material ‘stuff’ of art research as much as its speculative possibilities; its capacity as a space for reflection as well as its political imperative.

As both platform and ethos, the aim of MARs is to challenge received ideas and habits; to promote new ways of thinking and being both in and out of this world.