Research in the School of Art

The School of Art’s practice-led research is internationally respected, transdisciplinary and publically engaged. Our research embodies and critically reflects upon new registers of contemporary art, whilst rearticulating processes and practices associated with established artistic media.

We are an intellectually rigorous and supportive research environment where research produced by staff and students, both individually and collectively, is disseminated nationally and internationally. Collaboration, experimentation and outward-facing distributive actions are central to this. We understand our research to constitute cultural impact within and beyond the university.

Our research is recognised and funded by internationally competitive external bodies including Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creative Scotland, European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, and The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. Our School members serve on international advisory and editorial boards, act as jurors for art commissions and prizes, and work with organisations and publishers including: Ashgate, Artangel, Book Works, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Fruitmarket Gallery, MoMA, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Iceland Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Tate St Ives and Whitechapel Gallery.

Our School supports new work across the practices of PhD students, early career and more established researchers, working within four research clusters:

Futurity/Society/Action

Material/Technê/Materialisms

Narrative/Trace/Physicality

Temporality/Entropy/Being