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.
Join us for an exhibition, talks and drinks showcasing the latest work by artists in residence at the Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts. Through their practice, CPVA Resident Artists explore, engage with and challenge philosophical models of freedom, meaning, purpose and truth. This show brings together their recent work and establishes a platform for dialogue between philosophers, artists and the public.
Artists Melissa Franklin, Hester Reeve, Cheryl Simmons and Siobhán Tattan will present new work made in response to lectures by John Callanan on Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals and Christopher Hamilton on the Search for Meaning.
The exhibition will be open on weekdays between 10am and 5pm, from 30 January to 8 February. You will find us in the Arcade in Bush House, Aldwych, London.
We will be open late on 5 February, when there will be talks by the artists and academics, followed by drinks! Doors will open at 5.30 pm, and talks will start at 6. Tickets for this event are free, but spaces are limited. Please register at Eventbrite to secure a place.
We hope to see you all there!
Siobhán Tattan, A Yearning Deep Enough (detail)
In collaboration with King’s College London Cultural Programming
The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts, in partnership with Kunsthuis SYB (the Netherlands), is proud to announce a continuation of their 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, attend the lecture series they applied for, and develop their research, after which they will be awarded time in Kunsthuis SYB to develop (a) new piece(s) of work.
Visual artists working in any discipline or media are invited to write a proposal in response to a topic discussed one of two lecture series. The Search For Meaning, led by Christopher Hamilton, discusses the human condition in light of philosophical and literary sources. The Ethics of Migration, by Sarah Fine, offers an overview of key debates about the ethics of migration in contemporary political philosophy.
For more information about what this residency offers, please download the info pack. To apply, please email us a completed application form, along with a CV and up to 5 images, by midnight on Friday the 3rd of November. We will aim to make our final selection by the 1st of December.
** Update **
Applications for the 2018 residency are now closed, and we are in the process going through all submitted applications. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to apply. We aim to make our final selection by the 1st of December. Applicants will be informed via email, and once our selection has been finalised our resident artists for 2018 will be announced on this website.
“There are hundreds of kids in Britain doing PhDs – PhDs! – in fine art….It could not be a worse situation”
Michael Craig-Martin, in Baldessari and Craig-Martin (2009) ‘Conversation’ in Madoff (Ed) Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century), pp 45-6.
The last decade has seen significant growth in the number of practice-based or practice-led research degrees offered by universities and art schools. This event will examine the problems and prospects for such courses. How do students and supervisors understand the relationship between the practice and thesis components of the project? How should they do so? What are the broader effects on artistic practice of training within such a framework. Ultimately, are practice-based research degrees fit for purpose?
This round table discussion was held on Friday the 24th of March 2017 at King’s College London, and was realised in collaboration with The Culture Capital Exchange. Below is a full recording of the event:
Dr. Jonathan Clark (Head of Research, Trinity Laban Conservatoire)
Prof. Robert Hampson (Distinguished Research and Teaching Fellow, Royal Holloway)
Dr. Jane Wildgoose (Artist, Researcher, Broadcaster)
Dr. Sacha Golob (King’s College London, Philosophy and Director CPVA)
Evelyn Wilson (The Culture Capital Exchange)
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.
Cheryl Simmons, ‘I never recognised them except in fragments’, video still, 2016
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.
Hester Reeve, Platonic Exercise – Sacrifice to Athena