Critical Practices

Critical Practices

The Critical Practices strand brings together practitioner-researchers in the fields of visual arts and the curatorial, interested in working across disciplines and exploring innovative and speculative interdisciplinary enquiries. It is led by Professor Carolina Rito.

Our research engages with visual, aural, haptic and textual materials to critically address the ways we produce knowledge and engage with contemporary societal primacies.

Our research advances new and speculative practice research, contributing to international debates in the field and demonstrating the potentialities of the curatorial and the arts to enable ground-breaking cultural practices in the academic field and beyond.

The strand welcomes researchers and PGRs to contribute to our renowned research ecology and to foster a programme based on the development of practice as a site for knowledge production. The Doctoral Programme aims to recruit both researchers in practice research and cultural practitioners (artists, curators, musicians, performers, among others).

Our main areas of research are:

  • Practice research in the arts and the curatorial
  • Curatorial studies
  • Visual arts
  • Exhibitionary practices
  • Curating
  • Critical epistemologies
  • Visual cultures
  • Critical theory

For research enquiries, please email

Image credit: 'Serpent Rain', a film by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, 'The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase' at Nottingham Contemporary, 2019. Photograph by Samuel Kirby

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