PhD in Art
PhD in Curating

PhD in Art
PhD in Curating

Goldsmiths, University of London

Joey Ryken, AN EXPERIMENT (redux): Neuropositron Acceleration Helmet System. Performance as part of “Hallucinatory Theatres” symposium, Goldsmiths, May 2014. Photo: Edgar Schmitz.
October 28, 2014
PhD in ArtPhD in Curating

Department of Art

Our research programmes are designed for artists, curators and writers who would like to explore and develop their understanding of practice and contribute to its wider public context through original critical work.

We develop Art and Curating PhDs through practice-based and non-practice-based routes. We offer an interdisciplinary environment for research in which ideas are tested and challenged and in which artists, curators and writers work alongside each other in an atmosphere of rigorous formal and conceptual experimentation. With a dedicated team of core faculty made up of international experts and within the broader context of Goldsmiths as a leading research university, our PhD programmes provide an opportunity to place your artistic or curatorial work in relation to the work of other practitioners, be they cultural workers or philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists. The PhD invites you to develop your curiosity concerning the thought and action of others, both in a contemporary and historical perspective.

We provide all full-time students with a studio or workspace. All students have access to the Art Department’s nine specialist research laboratories.

As well as providing regular seminars and close supervisory support, each year we hold research groups and symposia led by staff in collaboration with research students. These are often organized in partnership with other disciplines at Goldsmiths and elsewhere. Recent symposia have included:

– “Art & Organisation,” led by Andrea Phillips with guests including Maria Lind, Emily Pethick, Binna Choi, Mark Fisher, Stefan Nowotny and Mao Mollona
– “When Site Lost the Plot,” led by Robin Mackay with guests including Reza Negarastani, John Gerrard, Benedict Singleton, Ilona Gaynor and Jeremy Millar
– “Neo-Medievalism,” led by Alex Pollard and Roman Vasseur with guests including Robert Leckie, David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan and Norman James Hogg
– “Ghost Time/Future Anterior/Cosmic Tools,” led by Edgar Schmitz with guests including John Cussans, Ele Carpenter, Susan Schuppli and Francois Bucher
– “Hallucinatory Theatres,” led by Joey Ryken with guests including David Luke, Daria Martin, Bonnie Camplin, Kodwo Eshun, Ryan Jordan and Shezad Dawood.

For further details click here.

Funding and deadlines
We offer a range of funding options including Art Department Research Bursaries, Graduate Trainee Tutorships and Goldsmiths postgraduate bursaries and scholarships. Applicants from the EU are eligible to apply for the CHASE Scholarship Competition.

Application deadlines
CHASE applicants: 15 November 2014
All other applicants: 15 January 2015

Staff team
Professor Andrea Phillips (Director)
Professor Michael Newman
Dr. Edgar Schmitz
Dr. John Chilver
Supervisors are drawn from Art Department staff and associates.

Contact us to discuss your idea for a PhD: [email protected]

For more information on the Department of Art, click here.

If you are an international student and would like to study a “tailor-made” programme (for up to a year), you may be interested in applying as a guest research student. Please click here to find out more.


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