The University of Wolverhampton

CADRE: Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation

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 recognised.

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 public.

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.

PhD study

Find out about the PhD opportunities available and how to apply.