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Welcome to the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts

The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London.  Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts.

Above all, the Centre is committed to developing ongoing collaborations between artists and philosophers, and to exploring the way in which the format of such collaborations alters or deepens the interplay between the two approaches.

On this website you will find a selection of our activities.

Mini-residencies

This spring, the CPVA is launching a new initiative that aims to allow artists to develop their practices with the help of access to academia. These mini-residencies will be small-scale, with artists being invited to join lectures, seminars, or meetings that have specific relevance to a project or a body of work. The mini-residency programme will be ongoing, on an ad-hoc basis, and will – for now – be granted by invitation only.

The first artists to be invited to a mini-residency are Melissa Franklin and Cheryl Simmons. They will be welcomed to King’s later this spring, and will take part in a joint presentation with our other artists in residence towards the end of 2017.

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Welcome to resident artist Hester Reeve

CPVA proudly welcomes Hester Reeve to King’s College this spring as one of our two artists in residence. Hester Reeve was selected from nearly a hundred applications to our open call last year to attend John Callanan’s lecture series on Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, in support of her own research project which will explore how thinking conceptually about art’s possibilities can facilitate new agendas for making, composition and materials. After attending a lecture series during the coming term, Reeve will share a residency at Kunsthuis SYB later this year with fellow artist in residence Siobhán Tattan.

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Welcome to resident artist Siobhán Tattan

CPVA proudly welcomes Siobhán Tattan to King’s College London as artist in residence this spring term . Siobhán Tattan was selected from nearly a hundred applications to our open call last year, and will be attending Christopher Hamilton’s module on the Search for Meaning. Hamilton’s focus on literature and tragedic episodes will complement her own research into the romantic in literature, and explore how gestures in staging, sound, tone, and film are used to uphold a character’s wealth of emotions. After attending the lecture series, Tattan will share a residency at Kunsthuis SYB later this year with fellow artist in residence Hester Reeve.

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Residency Open Call

King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art (CPVA), in partnership with Kunsthuis SYB (the Netherlands), is inviting artists to apply for their first ever joint residency programme. This two-stage residency is an exciting opportunity for artists with an existing interest or curiosity in philosophy to be included in university life and develop their research, after which they will be awarded time in Kunsthuis SYB to develop (a) new piece(s) of work.

Applicants working in any discipline or media are invited write a proposal in response to a topic discussed one of two lecture series (see options below; one artist per lecture series will be selected). The resulting works (finished or in progress) will be shown at presentations at the end of the artists’ stay at Kunsthuis SYB, and later in the year at a presentation at King’s College London.

Application deadline is the 1st of December. Find out details on how to apply by following this link.