Slade School of Fine Art



The Slade's lively and dynamic studio-led research culture makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art nationally and internationally. Staff expertise covers a broad spectrum of interests with individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary research taking many forms. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 79% of the department's research activity was recognised as being in the top two categories of 4* ('world leading') or 3* ('internationally excellent') while 100% of the impact of our research activity was recognised as having either ‘outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact in terms of its reach and significance. With 95% of eligible staff included in the submission, this confirms the Slade as one of the country’s leading university departments for research in Fine Art.

Studio space and facilities have been expanded and enhanced in recent years and the Slade Research Centre was established in the Woburn Square studios in 2005. These pages have been designed to introduce the range and diversity of research projects both current and archived undertaken by Slade staff and students. You can Browse by topic, searching by theme or by subject area.

Staff Research

Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA)

SCEMFA is a research group at the Slade which opened in 1995. It has provided the opportunity for leading artists to focus on research into Electronic Media and Fine Art, contributing to debate on a national and international level for events, exhibitions, broadcasts, collaborations and online.

Staff Research

Materials Research Project

The Materials Research Project based in the Methods and Materials Room of the graduate painting area, spearheads the role of materials within the creative process.

Staff Research

Pain: Speaking the Threshold

This is an interdisciplinary project between the Slade School of Fine Art and UCLH to further research the value of visual images in the diagnosis and management of chronic pain.

Staff Research

Word Image

This is a Research Forum including artists, writers and academics from the Slade in dialogue with other researchers at UCL and other London and international institutions, who are working on the relation between words and images across various fields of creativity and scholarship.

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