School of Arts and Cultures

Material & Process

Material and Process

We're concerned with particular forms of creativity and engagement associated with, and specific to, materials and processes.

Our work is set against the background of the availability of new technologies and methods. It's also influenced by a critical and historical understanding of traditions and orthodoxies within disciplines.


Our research topics include:

  • material and process as departure points for research relating to content, intention and form
  • the relationship of practice to 'tradition', 'craft' and the notion of discreet 'disciplines'
  • issues of collaboration with other artists or technical specialists/manufacturers
  • questions of reliance on the expertise of others
  • the impact of new knowledge and technologies on practice
  • the relationship of theory and history to practice

Our researchers

Nick Fox through painting, video and drawing, explores floriography, its links to desire and longing, and the interface between ‘art’ and crafts.

Nadia Hebson explores her own position as a painter in relation to overlooked historical figures through painting, installation and collaboration, and both

Catrin Huber's and Richard Talbot’s practice-led, theoretical and historical research explores the complex relationships between drawing systems, spatial depiction and its histories.

Rachel Wells examines the issue of scale in contemporary sculpture.

Research in sculpture that specifically explores ceramics has again been expanded through the work of Katie Cuddon, artist-fellows Markus Karstiess and William Cobbing.

Lipman Trust-funded Writer-in Residence, Elizabeth Manchester, interrogates ceramic practice through writing and researching the relationship of clay to the body.


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.

Wolfgang Weileder and Andrew Burton have worked with traditional craftsmen in Singapore, and brick-makers in India. They've contributed to discourses on the nature of authorship, the perception of public spaces and relationships between art, craft and architecture.