The Slade Research Centre in Woburn Square hosts collaborations and events that involve researchers from many different fields, from the Slade and UCL as well as from the wider national and international community. The Slade Research Centre is used by students on all our programmes, including undergraduate, graduate and doctorate.
Graduate Research Weeks are held at the Slade Research Centre in the Autumn and Spring Terms and provide MFA, MA and PhD students across all three areas, Painting, Sculpture and Fine Art Media, with a forum to explore an aspect of their work under a particular research theme, which can be imaginatively developed in the unique studio environment of the Centre. The research themes stem from physical sensory outlooks that can inform the processes and experiences of making of art, and hence underpin the development of artistic research.
Graduate Research Weeks aim to cultivate the thinking and making which will allow students to engage critically and imaginatively with other disciplines. In light of exploring the programme’s research themes, related questions and ideas emerge, shift and change. Context and materials change too, and through this dynamic, artists can bring new questions and answers to the fore, interrogating familiar issues in fresh and different ways, and fostering innovative research.
The research themes for the academic year 2017/18 are:
This e-book represents a selection of the work of MFA, MA and PhD students who participated in one or more of this year’s Graduate Research Weeks during the 2017/18 academic year. It demonstrates a range of experimentation, collaboration and discussion, and reflects the spirit of ambition and enthusiasm that has energised the programme. We would like to thank everyone involved, the students and staff within the Slade and UCL, as well as the artists and researchers from outside the university who have engaged in our debates and given so generously of their time and expertise to help us achieve our aims.
Thank you to Patrick White for editing and designing this year ’s Graduate Research Weeks e-book.
Cover image: Bohyeon Kim
Lisa Milroy Director of Graduate Studies, Head of Graduate Painting
Jayne Parker Head of Graduate Fine Art Media
Karin Ruggaber Head of Graduate Sculpture
Professor Sharon Morris Head of PhD Programmes
Graduate Research 2017-18