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Benefit from our global creative connections and access to our high-profile alumni network of practising artists and curators.

Asian Universities Network

Reading School of Art is part of a network of Asian universities, who annually host a joint exhibition at one of the partner universities.

These include the Seoul Institute of Visual Arts in South Korea, Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts in Shanghai.

Each year a group of six students take part in a visit to one of the partner universities, where they engage in workshops, study visits, and a joint exhibition which they develop with their international peers.



The Wuhan Exchange

Part of the Asian Universities Network, the Wuhan Exchange is a fully funded bilateral exchange programme organised by British Council China.


A group of eight undergraduate and postgraduate students from Reading School of Art joined eight students from the University of Wuhan to participate in a three-part exchange programme.


Together, they enjoyed a varied and stimulating programme of workshops and activities, including cultural visits and social activities in both the UK and in Wuhan, China. During a remote working period, four mixed project groups collaborated to develop a series of exhibition proposals together.


The programme culminated in the students developing a joint exhibition displayed at the Times Art Center in Wuhan.
"Reading has partnerships with several international art schools, and so when I was offered an opportunity to exhibit my work at the Seoul Institute of Arts I jumped at the chance."
Alia Coleman, BA Art and History of Art

Artist talks

On all our courses, we provide you with direct access to artists and curators. We regularly invite a member of the creative community to speak to you, enabling you to learn from their experience and advice.

Art is not made in a vacuum; collaboration is at the heart of how we teach and how we encourage you to develop in your own work.

Our alumni

We have a strong and impressive alumni network, including high-profile, active artists and curators.

Alumni are regularly involved with our students  running workshops, curating exhibitions, and offering career development advice. Every student has the opportunity to join our prestigious alumni network when they graduate.

Our alumni network includes:

  • Mark Beasley, Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
  • Susan Collins, Professor of Fine Art, Head of Department, The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Andy Hunt, curator and Turner Prize judge
  • Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Mike Nelson, installation artist, represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and was a Turner prize nominee, 2001
  • Cornelia Parker, sculptor and installation artist, Turner prize nominee,1997
  • Bob and Roberta Smith, contemporary artist
  • Elke Krasny, Professor of Art Education, Academy of Fine Art Vienna 
ABC der UnMöglichkeiten, T. Adler, 2019. F+F @ Vögele Kultur Zentrum Pfäffikon-CH. Photo: V. Hoegger

F+F School of Art and Design, Zurich

A new major international exchange project with our partner university, the F+F School of Art and Design in Zurich, will develop over the next two years, focused on research-led teaching.

It will involve joint workshops with students and staff from Zurich and Reading as well as guest talks and exhibitions conducted both online and face to face.

The project will culminate in a major exhibition in Zurich in 2021.


Art work by John Russell
We foster the development of artistic research, stimulate new modes of art practice and encourage discourse around our subject. 97% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Art) and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Art).

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