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Centre for Visual Cultures

Proposed image for Home Page -- Arp exhibtion 2017 at Kröller-Müller Museum (exterior) -- image by Eric  Robertson

The Centre for Visual Cultures is a vibrant new research centre at Royal Holloway for cutting-edge research into Visual Cultures. Based within the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, it offers an exciting new platform for exploring and celebrating manifestations of art and culture, as well redefining and contesting accepted notions of visuality.

‘Visual Cultures’ is a broad, multiple term encompassing all forms of visual practice and visual media (fine art and sculpture, photography, film, illustration and design, installation and performance). The emphasis on ‘cultures’ reflects our acute sensitivity to cultural influences and difference and a commitment to context, that is, the cultural specificities of visually oriented art work and its material modes of production and reception (geographical location, period, aesthetics, ideology).

The Centre comprises the full array of existing research expertise in Visual Cultures within the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and provides a forum in which to bring together scholars, practitioners and curators from within and beyond the university. Our distinctive focus is on interartistic and intermedial approaches embracing art history, photography, film and video, as well as theoretical issues around visuality and materiality, word and image relations, and curatorship.

Through research projects, colloquia and talks, research seminars and training workshops, exhibitions as well as informal dialogues and exchange, the Centre will provide a focal point and hub to foster transversal links allowing established academic colleagues and postgraduates to interact, collaborate and share ideas on a regular basis.

Join us on the adventure into Visual Cultures!


Arp exhibition 2 at Kröller-Müller 2017  -- photo by Eric Robertson

Our members are involved with a wide range of projects. You can find out more here.


James Williams -- image

Find out more about the people involved with the Centre, their research interests and current projects.


Images courtesy of Eric Robertson.



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If you have any queries, please contact Professor James Williams


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