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Our Achievements

At Winchester School of Art we meet the challenges of the creative future with a highly contemporary and global outlook, with state-of-the-art facilities.

Our staff are leaders in their fields, and extremely experienced in all the industries relevant to our disciplines. They are engaged in current professional practice, conduct world-class research, and share a commitment to quality in the teaching they provide.

Our students are a source of great pride to us: whether achieving employment at a high level or receiving prestigious awards, they reflect in their accomplishments the quality and relevance of the School’s innovative programmes in art and design.

Below is just a small selection from some of our recent achievements:

Archaeologies of Media and Technology Research Group

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This group is run by Professor Jussi Parikka, a Finnish media theorist and writer. He is the author of various books on media archaeology, digital culture and technical media.

It is 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. We investigate the conditions of existence of contemporary media technologies through design and art, in relation to both contemporary culture and cultural heritage with an eye toward the future.

The group rethinks computing through surprising, innovative and fresh approaches. It is an office for speculative ideas, grounded research and investigations into the contemporary.

Other members include Dr Alessandro Ludovico, Associate Professor in Art, Design and Media at the Winchester School of Art. He is a media theorist, editor and artist, and chief editor of Neural magazine since 1993.

You can read more about the group on its dedicated webpage at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/amt/.

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media

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The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media 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. Some of these partners include Tate Exchange,transmediale (Berlin), the Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the V&A

Critically concerned with art and design practices of making, thinking and representation, the Winchester Centre actively engages in education and enterprise, exploring the contribution of media, materials and technologies to the improvement of human societies globally. Our events are issue-based and centred on globally relevant topics such as the environment, society, politics, art and demographics. 

As a part of its Global Futures Speaker Series, held at the Winchester School of Art, the centre invites high profile academics, artists, curators and filmmakers to give talks, and creates a platform for the local and regional communities to engage with these speakers.

Speakers have included T.J. Clark and Jamie Allen. 

You can find out more about the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media here.  

Dalian Polytechnic University Collaboration

Our campus in China is in the thriving modern city of Dalian.
Dalian Campus

Our joint campus at Dalian, China, offers an exciting opportunity to study graphic art and fashion design in an international environment. Dalian is one of China’s most affluent regions, home to a large number of hi-tech enterprises and hosts China’s long-established international fair for the fashion and textile industry. 

High-quality teaching, excellent facilities and the opportunity to work with industry experts on live projects give students a rich and supportive opportunity to develop the skills and attributes most valued by the creative industries. 

Programmes are taught in both Mandarin and English, and offer a progression route to study at Winchester School of Art. Both programmes, BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & BA (Hons) Fashion Design, offer the opportunity to study specialist English Language for Art and Design. 

You can find out more about our DPU Campus at the International Campuses section of our website, here.

In The Loop

The University Library, in collaboration with Winchester School of Art staff, have held regular conferences (starting in 2008) encompassing knitting research and culture, hosting internal conferences covering topics that include knitting methodologies, artistic knitting boundaries, historical knitting, narratives, culture and fashion. This year's conference will be held in partnership with Shetland Arts as a part of an International Textile Festival, later this year (2013) in August.

The conferences aim to It is our aim to encourage and support all types of research and making from academics to designers, artists to knitters, students and experts, including all generations in contributing to worldwide knitting.

You can read more about In the Loop, here and can also follow them on Twitter

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale was India’s first art biennale, which was launched in December 2012 and holds its fourth edition in December 2018. It is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Fort Kochi, in Kerala. Every two years, works are shown in converted galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures.

Members of the Critical Practice Research Group at Winchester School of Art have engaged with the Biennale since its inception. It provides a fascinating context in which to research, and furthermore the work of the Critical Practices group has fed back to the Biennale to extend the critical thinking of what it means to stage a globally-orientated art ‘perennial’.  

The underlying connection with the Kochi Biennale stems from the work of Professor Robert E. D’Souza. He has engaged in design and art practices in the context of India for over a decade. In 2012, he held a solo exhibition at the Delhi gallery of the international advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy (W+K) and also authored Outside India as a hybrid critical volume and exhibition catalogue. Subsequently, he attended the opening of the first edition in 2012 and wrote a much-cited article for Cultural Politics, ‘The Indian Biennale Effect’ (Vol. 9, No. 3, 2013). And, as a result of numerous visits and engagements with the Biennale, various publications have been produced, most notably D’Souza and Manghani’s book-length study India’s Biennale Effect: A Politics of Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2017). 

You can read more about the Biennale and the Critical Practices Research Group at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/cpwsa

Data Visualisation Symposium

Data Visualisation

In 2017 the MA in Global Media Management held a Symposium at WSA on Data Visualisation.

Data has recently become the centre of much attention: from big data, to data sharing; from leaked data to private data collected by government agencies and stored to prevent crime. Academics, journalists, policymakers, practitioners and industry commentators have addressed the importance of data to study the world around us and have called for ways of making data more accessible. More accessible data is believed to lead to more accessible services, more accountable institutions, more understandable phenomena. Data visualisation is one of the ways in which data can be made more accessible to a wider audience.

Data visualisation is used in a number of key areas: from news organisations, to government departments, to creative industries, to human rights in social and political conflict. It is used to illustrate events and to explain social phenomena and ideas.

This one day symposium brought together academics, postgraduate students and industry practitioners to explore what visualisation could tell us about information that would not otherwise be as readily accessible. The day was split into three parts, each introduced by an expert in the field and then opened up to the audience in the final round table.

Political approaches to data visualisation:  Cristian Hernández (independent data scientist): From Open to Public Data: a Citizen Data Science Approach
On display was also a selection of student work from the MA Communication Design programme's 2016 “Data Physicalisation” exhibition. The project asked students to collect data on the topic of E-Waste and to represent that data in physical form.

Information about the MA in Global Media Management and the MA Communication Design, as well as all our other Postgraduate programmes can be found at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/wsa/postgraduate/taught_courses.page.

Winchester Luxury Research Group

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Established in 2014, the Winchester Luxury Research Group (WLRG) undertakes leading edge investigations into the social, cultural and economic impact of luxury. Embedded in the prestigious Winchester School of Art, the members of WLRG engage in research that recognises the artistic and cultural aspects of luxury in the contemporary globalised world.

The directors of the group are Professors John Armitage, Joanne Roberts and Jonathan Faiers, each of whom has written extensively in this area, and who are invited to travel the world speaking about this subject at a number of conferences.

Working in this new and emerging sector allows the group to liaise not only with other academics, but also with local business groups, and representatives of the brands themselves, including such names as L’Oreal, Maserati, McLaren.

You can find out more about the Winchester Luxury Research Group on their website at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wlrg

Sustainability Forum

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Since 2016, WSA has been hosting an annual forum on Sustainability in the Fashion Industry, bringing together academics, theorists, campaigners and designers to try to find a more ecologically sound and morally acceptable future for the industry.

In 2017 the events was captured on the WSA blog, and you can read a precis of all the talks at:

https://winchesterartschool.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/sustainability-forum-at-wsa-2017/

https://winchesterartschool.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/sustainability-forum-the-morning-session/

https://winchesterartschool.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/sustainability-forum-the-afternoon-session-part-1/

and

https://winchesterartschool.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/sustainability-forum-the-afternoon-session-part-2/ 

 

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