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The Arts & Humanities Research Institute is delighted to announce the Centre for Philosophy & the Visual Arts has joined its ranks

The addition of the CPVA now grows the Arts & Humanities Research Institute family to 13 world-leading, interdisciplinary research centres.

Photo by Hugh McElveen

Photo by Hugh McElveen

Co-founded five years’ ago by Dr Sacha Golob in the Department of Philosophy at King’s College London, Harald den Breejen from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam (Rijksakademie) and Professor Aaron Wendland from Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The Centre for Philosophy & the Visual Arts brings together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts.

Since its inception, CPVA has established a highly successful Residency Programme, partnering multiple artists and academics to explore themes as diverse as Migration, Time and the Meaning of Life. CPVA also works closely with curators on how best to bring philosophy into galleries, organising exhibitions, lectures, workshops and film screenings. Partners this year include Tate Modern, the Photographers’ Gallery and the Institute of Psychoanalysis among others. Under ambitious plans to grow its international remit, a new sister Centre, CPVA Moscow, will launch this summer in the Russian capital.


We're absolutely delighted that the CPVA is joining the AHRI. The conceptual, aesthetic and political issues raised by contemporary art demand an interdisciplinary response, and we very much look forward to exploring them alongside our AHRI partners."– Dr Sacha Golob, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Philosophy & the Visual Arts

The addition of the CPVA now grows the Arts & Humanities Research Institute family to 13 world-leading, interdisciplinary research centres spanning a range of research from gender and sexuality studies to enlightenment studies, from Shakespeare and Early Modern studies to the Medical Humanities and more. Under the leadership of Professor Anna Reading since September 2018, the Institute has reinvigorated its remit to provide experimental and creative platforms and activities for people to work together on socially engaged research projects that draw on the insights of the arts and humanities.

I am absolutely thrilled to welcome the CPVA into the AHRI. Its innovative socially engaged research is very much in keeping with our new endeavours to reach wider communities of interest.” – Anna Reading, Professor of Culture & Creative Industries

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For upcoming CPVA events please see or follow the Centre on Twitter (@PhilosophyArts).