The name Writing-PAD stands for 'Writing Purposefully in Art and Design'. Though we began in 2002 as a HEFCE funded FDTL project, since 2007 we have become a self-funded international network, with a membership comprising over 100 institutions. We seek to bring together students and academics from across the disciplines, and staff from across institutional roles:

  • studio 
  • theory 
  • learning skills and development
  • learning and teaching (L&T) coordinators
  • Department and School Heads


Writing-PAD now encompasses teaching, scholarship and research. Our aim is to encourage and share different approaches to writing by practitioners by offering its member institutions a creative playground in which to reflect upon ‘thinking-through-writing’. We see these types of writing as an under-explored parallel to the visual discourse in art and design practices. We do this through the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice:,id=154/ published and distributed by Intellect Books; through our website and our wiki, as well as our jiscmail:, and social media such as twitter: WritingPAD and Facebook page.


Our core team members, Julia Lockheart (Goldsmiths), John Wood (Goldsmiths), Harriet Edwards, (RCA), and Maziar Raein (KiHO) have been consulted on curriculum design and development both nationally and internationally. Our Project Officer (2002 - 2006), Christoph Raatz is Secretary of CHEAD. Many of our key members have worked as consultants for Writing-PAD approaches across the sector. 

The Writing-PAD network is directed by Julia Lockheart and spans the departments of Design and Visual Arts and the Centre for English Language and Academic Writing (CELAW) at Goldsmiths, University of London.