CADRE: Centre for Art, Design, Research and
Established in 2006, the CADRE Research
Centre's overall concern lies in the effect of art and design
upon society. The social interaction inherent in new
interactive technologies, the theory and practice of cultural
agency, and experiments in radical democracy and performative
objects remain the hallmark of both the intellectual and practical
research in all of our research groups.
In the RAE (2008) 10% of research by CADRE was rated as
world leading, 25% as internationally
excellent and 50% as internationally
The centre comprises readers, research professors, associates,
research active staff and PhD students.
Through the CADRE research clusters academics and artists are
invited to give public lectures which
are open to all university students, staff, and members of the
Director: Professor Dew Harrison, Associate
Dean (Research & Postgraduate Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)1902 32 1941
CADRE Research Groups
- Art, Critique and Social
Practice - noted for its wide-ranging and internationally
renowned analysis and engagement with models of sociability and
performativity in contemporary art.
- Communications and
Pedagogy - a recently-formed group, already
undertaking research of national and international standing
including books, journal and conference publications.
- Creative Processes in the Performing
Arts - pursues creative inquiry and critical analysis at
the intersection of theory and performance practice, in the
three subject areas of music, dance and drama.
- Digital Theory, Technology and
Practice - this group has a depth of knowledge and
expertise in digital creativity and audio visual technology, with
explorations into both narrative and non-narrative forms in
conceptual, immersive and performative spaces.
- Material and Theoretical
Practice - brings together researchers rooted in
studio-based, creative and professional practices with the aim to
explore and advance different methodological and conceptual
approaches through the manipulation of material in fine art,
applied arts and design.
These five research groups provide the structure within
CADRE for research and development. Knowledge transfer and
interdisciplinary research are also essential components of our
long-term income generation strategy.
Find out about the PhD opportunities
available and how to apply.