The Centre provides an overarching vision for all of the School's research activities. Its activities are focused on creating and sustaining mutually beneficial and interactive partnerships with a range of public organisations. These include galleries, museums, arts and community centres, publishers and online sources whose activities may benefit diverse social groups locally, nationally and around the world.
The Centre highlights historical, contemporary and future roles for art, design and media within globalization. Its members build sustained collaborations with international partners in public service, the creative industries and civil society.
Critically concerned with art and design practices of making, thinking and representation, the Centre actively engages in education and enterprise, exploring the contribution of media, materials and technologies to the improvement of human societies globally.
Led by Head of School Dr Ed D'Souza, Professors John Armitage, Ryan Bishop, Jussi Parikka and Joanne Roberts, Jonathan Faiers, Associate Professors Seth Giddings, Yasmin Sekhon, and Reader Dr Sunil Manghani, the Winchester Centre was created in 2011 and makes a decisive and positive contribution to the School, the University and to society by highlighting historical, contemporary and future roles for art, design and media within globalisation. From autumn 2016 the School's research staff have beenjoined by Professors Victor Burgin and James Hall, and Associate Professors Daniel Cid, Alessandro Ludovico and Joanne Turney.
Engaging in the domains of fine art, graphic arts, media and cultural studies, fashion and textile design, marketing, branding, management and contemporary arts and curatorship, the School focuses upon five main areas of research:
Critical Practices - encompasses several research strands concerned with critical practices in art production, history, theory and criticism. Our staff are experts in their fields and are widely published.
Design Innovations - spans a range of projects and collaborations engaged with creative and critical practices in design and fashion innovation.
The Winchester Luxury Research Group - encompasses luxury-based production across the areas of fine art, design, and media.
Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research group - a research group that approaches technology and media writ large through their links to science, art, visual culture and critical theory with a strong emphasis on artistic practices.
For information on the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/wrc