The vitality of our research environment stems from the diversity of our research projects (often supported by UK Research Council grants or internal awards); from collaborative to lone-scholar research; from regular events and seminars presented under the umbrella of our research fora and Visitors Programme; and from a culture enlivened by the presence of some 25 postgraduate research students who often collaborate with staff and who often have established art practices of their own.

We are also aligned with the University’s research institutes and initiatives, for example the Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice – NICAP, which now provides an ambitious new framework for cross-disciplinary practice-led research and doctoral training for creative practitioners across the University.

Research in Fine Art at Newcastle includes theoretical and practice-based research in Fine Art, Art History, Curatorship and Digital Cultures. Our reputation is built on world-leading research, disseminated in the form of publications, exhibitions, installations and interventions. Our research strategy is fundamentally rooted in evolving Fine Art practice and we actively promote visual art generated at the nexus of established and new practices, technologies and methodologies as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration.

While much of our individual research and professional practice entails some element of collaboration, various models of collaboration as a basis for research are becoming increasingly common; as demonstrated for example, in projects by Wolfgang Weileder, Jane WilsonLouise Wilson, Catrin Huber and Andrew Burton

The unit’s strategy also involves inviting researchers into the unit to work alongside us – artist-fellows, Early Career Fellows and other researchers on short-term projects – Lipman Fellows in Ceramics and Bartlett Fellows for example, facilitating their research. To this end, we have a firm commitment to supporting research around the full range of traditional, contemporary and emerging studio-based art practices, along with the associated theoretical and historical discourses. We aspire to enrich research territory with work that tests established boundaries and methodologies. This commitment matches our long-standing pluralist philosophy around Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching, where we have a very successful four-year Fine Art BA, a two-year MFA programme and a substantial cohort of practice-led PhD students.

The above strategy and initiatives are supported through conferences, seminars and other forums for innovative interdisciplinary creative research such as Connecting Principle. Our Visiting Speakers Programme also brings a variety of important researchers and practitioners in to this rich mix.

Our research at Fine Art is loosely clustered around research themes, and a selection of our projects - along with the projects of our recently completed and current PhD Research Students - can be seen here: 

Our research themes