Research projects

Staff at CSM are actively involved in conducting a variety of research projects within their own subject areas and belong to a number of research networks and hubs within the college and the wider university community.  Doctoral students are welcome to get involved – contact individual project or group convenors directly, or through your supervisor.

Some projects currently active at CSM are:

Sensingsite – an art based research project at CSM for postgraduate students which explores materialities of landscape and place.

Intimacy Unguarded – explores creative and critical approaches to autobiography, biography and memoir.

Practices of Writing and Publishing (POWAP) – brings together writers, theorists, critics, art historians, artists, curators and editors whose research through writing and publishing is central to their practice.

Tableau – addresses questions of image, traversing beyond established research on specific mediums such as painting, photography and print media.

Paint Club – an informal network open to anyone with an interest in contemporary painting.

Art and Philosophy Research Group – The Art and Philosophy Research Group is a platform for philosophy and the philosophy of art that has been established through a series of public talks and events over the last four years since the creation of the Masters in Research course in Art Theory and Philosophy at CSM (recordings of previous events are on the course website).

Public discussions presently focus upon the subject of philosophy, politics and the arts developed in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

Museum and Study Collection – The Museum & Study Collection at Central Saint Martins tells the story of the College’s rich history. For more than a century we’ve been collecting work by students and staff, and for the last 20 years we’ve been buying work from degree shows.

We have an art and design teaching collection, spanning from the 13th century to the present day including early printed books, prints, illuminated manuscripts, embroideries, 1920s German film posters, textiles and garments.

The collection is open to everyone and is here to inspire and inform whoever you are and whatever your specific interests may be.

British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection- Dedicated to the work of moving image artists BAFVSC is part of the Central Saint Martins Museum. The collection exists to support research by students based at Central Saint Martins as well as individual researchers from outside the college.

The collection comprises video copies of artists’ moving image works, publications, paper documents and still images. It reflects the development of the moving image as an art-form in Britain between 1960 and 2000, and – less comprehensively – in Europe and the USA. It is the largest collection of material of its kind in the UK. A catalogue database of the holdings of the collection is available at the UAL University Collections eMuseum.

The collection is accessible and free to students, scholars, curators and others pursuing individual research.’-film-and-video-study-collection 


Link to other CSM research groups, networks, collaborations and projects.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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