About us

about us 


The Department of Art has a long history with our origins in the Reading School of Art, established in 1860 the founding school of the present University.

We have developed a distinctive approach to Art through a combination of practice, theory and history. All of the academic staff are actively engaged as artists, writers and curators. Our special strengths lie in exhibitions and curatorial practice, in artists' writing and in theoretical and historical approaches to art as well as in performative art practice. Each of these is represented in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, in the research interests of our staff and in works published by the Department. Our research has been recognised for its international excellence and our aim is to develop both a theoretical and practice-based enquiry of art within an academically stimulating environment.

We offer programmes of study at BA and MA levels and we have a thriving postgraduate research community. Our research led teaching provides a community of shared learning, where students can progress their study enhanced with opportunities to study abroad and combine degree programmes. Our longstanding combined undergraduate programmes allow flexible study with subjects such as Philosophy, Psychology, Film, Theatre, and English Literature.

Art at Reading has illustrious alumni from artists Walter Sickert, Stephen Buckley and Terry Frost to Turner Prize nominees Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker and Richard Wilson. You will also discover our graduates not only as acclaimed artists, but creative individuals, writers, curators and historians who are making a difference within the cultural field.


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