Arts Meets Philosophy: CPVA Artists in Residence

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!


In collaboration with King’s College London Cultural Programming

Practice-Based Research Degrees in the Arts: Problems and Prospects

“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.
Image courtesy of The Wildgoose Memorial Library © Jan

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)

Introduced by:
Evelyn Wilson (The Culture Capital Exchange)

What is the value of art?

In this roundtable discussion, philosophers, artists, market professionals and conservators discuss the value significance of art – from its public role to its meaning to its price. Full registration of the discussion can be viewed here.


This roundtable discussion in was realised in collaboaration with MTArt/Meltweek.


  • Chair: Sacha Golob (CPVA)
  • Anthony Bennett (The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Tommaso Calabro (Nahmad Projects)
  • Anna Fafaliou (Marine Tanguy Art)
Christopher Hamilton (King’s College London)