School of Art, Design & Performance

  • Winston Churchill Avenue, Eldon Building

    PO1 2DJ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Art both reflects and inspires a creative society, by describing the world as it is and as it could be. The School of Art, Design and Performance believes in improving people's lives and our understanding of each other through thoughtful and challenging works.

We've built a collegiate research community that supports the work our postgraduate students, researchers and academics through open collaboration and friendly discussion. We work collaboratively with public and private partners on research that challenges assumptions and uses modern technologies to solve societal problems.

We've engaged in collaborative research with the notable organisations including the BBC, Magic Leap, Royal Shakespeare Company, Goldsmiths, Manchester International Festival, Intel, Epic Games, University of Brighton, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Gendered Intelligence and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands.

We're part of the Audience of the Future project, a £16 million and 15 organisation project that's combining theatre and performance, the music industry, video production and gaming to explore and shape how people experience live performance. Backed by the UK Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the project will roll out a multi-platform, immersive live performance in 2020.

We're also working with Gendered Intelligence and the University of Exeter on the Transformations: Encountering Gender and Science project. Transformations explores the history of gender and science with young trans and gender diverse people (aged 16-25) and asks questions about medicine, identity, and authority through creative workshops, oral history research, creative writing, and performance.

Members of our School are also working on DERMA as part of the Interreg 2 Seas project. They're investigating and developing new ways to manage and treat dermal ulcers and other chronic non-healing wounds through new technologies.

We've also received research funding from the Wellcome Trust, Technology Strategy Board, Henry Moore Foundation, Pfizer, Age UK, UK Research and Innovation, and Interreg.

Our research areas include:

  • Art and design: history, theory and practice
  • Theatre, music and performance
  • Digital and creative technologies


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