Birmingham School of Art has developed a partnership with Tate Liverpool since Autumn 2017 based on a variety of research activities involving our staff, students and key organisational resources and objectives.
Our joint philosophy underpinning these activities is driven by three aims: (1) to promote critical and creative inquiry and artistic production' (2) to engage in projects with lasting 'real life' benefits for individuals, groups and communities and (3) to seek new knowledge of the role of contemporary art and its ideas in positively shaping the future of the world.
Currently Birmingham School of Art and Tate Liverpool are working together on a series of conferences in 2019-2020 exploring Chinese Contemporary Art (co-organised with the Centre for Chinese Visual Art at BCU), on ecology, art and environmental activism (co-organised with Professor Anthony Downey and Dr. Theo Reeves-Evison, with multiple partners in the UK and abroad) and on imagining artistic and social futures for the world (part of the Birmingham All School Project, 'The Shipping Forecast', happening at the School in January 2019). The latter will also result in a co-created art project at Tate Liverpool scheduled for Spring 2020.
Other ongoing research projects involve funded PhD studentships (on arts ecologies and cultural regeneration in Birmingham and Liverpool, PhD candidate Kristian Gath), Tate Exchange activities around social meanings of art, value, exchange and labour (Beth Derbyshire, Nuria Querol and Demitrios Kargotis) and enabling our research students to publish through the Tate Papers online journal platform (PhD candidate Simon Fleury, conservator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London). Together these form a 'learning research' initiative in which all our students and staff can participate, utilising Tate Liverpool's great resources and status as one of the world's best centres for art innovation and creative development.