The explores innovation in contemporary fine art, focusing on:
- art and social context;
- art and technology;
- art and epistemology; and
- art and materiality.
The provides a creative environment for researchers engaging with the cultural, environmental and presentational contexts of design practice in its widest sense. Research in this diverse area is developed through five interrelated areas:
- Curating the contemporary – focusing on new initiatives and perspectives on curating, including the interface between design, craft and fine art;
- Design innovation – focusing on the presentational contexts of contemporary design practice;
- Design for environments – including design for wellbeing, health and micro-environments, as well as spatial, aesthetic and critical enquiries into building typologies and cultural analysis of urban and leisure environments;
- Design for screen – focusing on interdisciplinary and practice-based enquiries into screen-based media; and
- – multidisciplinary design research into issues of environmental protection and social justice.
The focuses on the practice, histories, and theories of modern and contemporary visual, spatial and material culture. This encompasses:
- art, design, film and architectural practice;
- art and design criticism; and
- the history and theory of visual and material culture.
Since 1997, the group has organised a series of conferences and symposia in collaboration with major London museums and galleries.