School of Art

A world class environment for art-based research

We have a world-class environment for art-based research with a rich diversity of exhibitions, seminars, conferences, workshops and events animating our Margaret Street building throughout the year.

Research clusters

Art Activisms

Challenging and extending the potential of contemporary art to change the world.

Learn about art activisms

Centre for Chinese Visual Arts

Fostering new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts.

More about the centre

Material encounters

Interrogating and extending the boundaries of materiality within contemporary art.

More on material encounters

Projects, opportunities and our staff

Research Projects

We are currently working on a number of projects within the School of Art. View them all on our project page. You can also see our individual research groups to see a filtered list of projects aligned to our specialisms.

View projects

PhD opportunities

Ready to make an exciting contribution to knowledge? Find out how to apply to our PhD courses, current opportunities, and information on what current students are working on.

Find opportunities

Research staff

The university if home to a wealth of knowledge and experienced staff who have worked within arts and culture institutions to further the medium.

Meet our staff

Make a PhD enquiry

Please complete our form to send your initial PhD enquiry to our Doctoral Research College. They will be your point of contact and will help you through the PhD application process from initial enquiry to final application.

News and events

The School of Art runs a variety of research seminars, conferences and more across its research centres. View our latest events and how our research impacts the wider world.

Contact Us

  • Art activisms

    If you have any questions or research enquiries for the Art Activisms research cluster, you can reach reach Professor Anthony Downey by email.

  • Material Encounters

    If you have any questions or research enquiries for the Material Encounters research cluster, you can reach reach Dr Catherine Baker by email.

  • Centre for Chinese Visual Arts

    Interested in a research collaboration or consultancy? Contact our team and we'll attempt to link you with an academic who's aligned with your interests.

  • PhD Enquiries

    If you are interested in applying for a PhD for the School of Art, you can review the course pages here. If you already have a proposal in mind, please fill out an initial PhD enquiry. For enquiries you can contact the Doctoral Research College below.