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Centre for Philosophy and the 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. 

For more details on recent events and projects, please see the CPVA main webpage:


The core research questions in which the Centre is interested:

  • How can philosophy contribute to the study of artistic practice, training, and theory in the contemporary visual arts?  How should we conceptualise the role, limitations, and capacities of the visual? 
  • How might philosophy critique or theorise specific methods and techniques within the contemporary visual arts? 
  • What philosophical frameworks are currently dominant on the contemporary arts scene and how are these used to licence, support or theorise particular pieces of work or particular practices? 
  • How have particular philosophers, for example Heidegger or Bataille, influenced recent and contemporary work in the arts and in arts theory? 
  • How should we understand the relationship between philosophical texts and artworks  which share a common theme or topic?
  • To what degree can a focus on the concrete reality and sociology of contemporary artistic practice in the West act as a corrective to traditional aesthetic theories? 
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.  


If you are interested in collaborating with the Centre please email 

Founders & Directors 

Harald den Breejen (Tate) 
Dr Sacha Golob (King’s College London) 

Founding Partners  

The Culture Capital Exchange 
Dr. Kathleen McKay 
Dr. Jane Wildgoose 

Noor Nuyten and DIALOG

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