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The Cultural Institute’s relationships within the cultural sector in London provides King’s students, academics and researchers with a wide network of potential collaborators, as well as opportunities to expand learning and skills development beyond King’s, and widen the impact of research and innovation at King’s. 

King’s, as a civic university at the heart of London, leverages these strategic partnerships to enhance the student experience, to drive high quality research through collaboration and to serve the wider community in London, the UK and globally.  By connecting the local to the global, King’s is already positioned to meet its vision for 2029 to address challenges and access increased opportunities for education, research and innovation and, by doing so, create problems solvers that shape the future for London and the wider world.

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Migrant agencyMigrant agency and the moving image
Explore the ongoing “refugee crisis” through the eyes of refugees themselves, following on from the work of the King's Migration Research Group.

Pictorial art1Pictorial art in Sierra Leone
Exploring the power of art to inform participants and obtain consent for participating in an oral health survey, given low literacy levels and the main language, ‘Krio’, being largely a spoken language in Sierra Leone.


The creative arts hub Zimbabwe
This project uses a combination of music, movement, drama and meditation to encourage self-expression and connectedness for young people living with HIV with the aim of improving their engagement in HIV care. 



(Re)creating culture 
Exploring the shifting role of the curator within a transnational context and in light of the demands of a globalised post-colonial world. 



African diaspora artists
A project to review the history of Black Art, take stock of the present, galvanize existing networks, develop new projects and ask important questions about the future.


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Parallel Perspectives
Challenges of curating visual cultures in contemporary transnational contexts. British Library, Tate Britain and V&A address questions of representation, post-colonial legacies, institutional histories, and the status of objects in histories.


CMAP-participatory-mappingReimagining the city
Exploring the role of arts organisations in supporting sustainable urban development. 

Interactive SoundzInteractive Sound(z)
Introducing young musicians to new interactive digital sound technologies through a series of workshops towards creating their own sound landscape


Science in India 
Developing the concept and vision for a major traveling exhibition at the Science Museum London in Autumn 2017.



Rwanda in photographs - death then, life now
How can a country express the complexities of life after genocide? The Rwanda in Photographs project contested and complicated the ways in which Rwanda has been represented internationally.


Garden of AssamPerformance and transmission in the Garden of Assam
A collaboration between King's Department of Music and the British Museum on a 17th-century Vrindavani Vastra tapestry showing traditional dance dramas of Assam.


Journey of jeans
An info-graphic which explores the different connections and relationships embodied in the journey of a pair of 
jeans around the world


Astana Opera Kazakhstan image from ShutterstockCultural institutions and policy development in Kazakhstan
Creating an illustrative report exploring cultural institutions and policy development in Kazakhstan aimed at stimulating international collaboration with cultural counterparts.

things we keep puff dkThings we keep - curators of our own history
Run in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London (GHIL) and artist Rolf Sachs, Things we keep curated objects that Germans brought with them when they moved to London and thus explored the narratives behind these belongings in new ways.


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How can artists and academics learn new approaches from each other regarding research into 'keywords' as a basis for their work? This project explores innovative ways of archiving keyword entries, making connections between words and definitions.



exploring eggsExploring eggs
Opening up dialogue between artists and academics using the symbolism of eggs in the work of Samuel Beckett as a starting point to inspire new work.


syrian voices in londonReverberations of conflict: Syrian voices in London
A project that explored the lived experiences and personal narratives of the ongoing Syrian civil war from the overlooked but invaluable perspective of Syrians living here in the UK.




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