The Performance Research Forum (PRF)

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The Performance Research Forum hosts a range of events, talks and presentations.

The Performance Research Forum benefits Goldsmiths staff and students both by contributing towards scholarly, undergraduate and postgraduate research, and by providing extra-curricular activity and an opportunity to socialise with staff and students.

A Performance Research Forum event might be a platform for decoding an unfamiliar form of theatre or performance, or the opportunity for an artist to show and discuss their work with the audience. The events reflect the breadth of our department’s undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, embracing Live Art, multimedia and dance alongside theatre as a literary form. Crucially, the Performance Research Forum emphasises our department’s focus on work beyond European cultural traditions, reflecting the cultural diversity of our students and the city in which Goldsmiths is situated. We programme two types of events, detailed below.

PRF (Dis-Play) artist events 

These are curated and chaired by Professor Anna Furse. The programme is a meeting ground between contemporary practitioners and researchers, students and staff as well as the general public.

"The Performance Research Forum is an excellent new model of imparting knowledge through the representation and discussion of artists' practices within a structured but informal context that is particularly geared to facilitating debate. The artists who have contributed to the PRF are not only eloquent and generous speakers but also represent some of the most influential and innovative practitioners of their generation." Lois Keidan: Director, Live Arts Development Agency (LADA)

The Research Seminar and Workshop Series 

These are curated by Dr Clare Finburgh, Dr Katja Hilevaara and Dr Mischa Twitchin.

Open to anyone interested to participate in their discussions, the aim of these research seminars and workshops is to provide a platform for both emerging and established scholars and practitioners to share work in progress. Underlying these invitations is the desire to encourage new dialogues, particularly with the post-graduate community, whose involvement is at the heart of the programme.