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

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Art Activisms

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

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Centre for Chinese Visual Arts

Fostering new understandings and perspectives of Chinese contemporary arts.

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Material Encounters

Interrogating and extending the boundaries of materiality within contemporary art.

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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.

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PhD opportunities

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

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Research staff

Birmingham City University is home to a wealth of knowledge and experienced staff who have worked with arts and culture institutions to further the medium.

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Make a PhD enquiry

Please complete this 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.

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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.

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Contact Us

  • Art Activisms

  • Material Encounters

  • Centre for Chinese Visual Arts

  • PhD enquiries

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

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

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Research collaborations

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

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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.

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