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The arts are a public good, enriching our quality of life and supporting our wellbeing. They provide a space where we gather together with our neighbours and imagine and create a better world. Announcing his 2030 cultural infrastructure plan in 2016, Sadiq Khan described culture as ‘the DNA of our city, the glue that binds us together; it contributes to our economy and our reputation around the world, improves our well-being and benefits society.’ The Mayor’s commitment to making arts and culture one of his ‘top four’ priorities demonstrates their importance to the diversity and prosperity of London as a global city.

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Arts, culture and well-being

Art and culture can be powerful methods for training practitioners and engaging with patients and service users. The interdisciplinary MSc in the Creative Arts and Mental Health brings together medical practitioners and drama experts to develop artistic approaches to patient care. Colleagues in Drama and Life Sciences have developed therapeutic performance methods which medics can use when they work with stroke patients. The Barts Pathology museum hosts musical concerts to engage audience in difficult conversations around death and disease. Medical experts have explored the influence of emotions and dreams on the immune system through art, and Dentistry has used techniques developed by the Department of Drama to encourage children to go to the dentist.

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In the heart of East London

Queen Mary University: an anchor in East London. Queen Mary University of London is a global university which is committed, through its recruitment, teaching, and public engagement activities, to enhancing the lives of the people of East London. Our collaborative projects with community organisations focus on building resilience, inviting reflection on shared challenges, and encouraging community cohesion in one of the most diverse areas of the UK.

Queen Mary has a long history of thinking about how arts and culture can benefit local communities and address complex global challenges. The People’s Palace, opened by Queen Victoria in 1887, was originally a community venue where people of the East End could enjoy dance classes, organ recitals, donkey shows and art exhibitions, as well as gain skills in what are now known as the ‘creative industries’ - tailor’s cutting, woodwork, photography, and needlework. Today, Queen Mary continues to harness the radical power of art to change the world.

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Queen Mary University of London is home to a number of creative companies and industries:

The London Chamber Orchestra

The London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) combines the skills of some of London’s most exceptional musicians with a rich history at the heart of 20th century classical music.

Having been founded in 1921, the LCO is the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra. They've premiered works by a Who’s Who of 20th-century composers, including Stravinsky, Bloch, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Poulenc and Villa Lobos. And that continues today, with premieres by figures such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan and Graham Fitkin.

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People’s Palace Projects

Queen Mary University of London's charitable subsidiary, the internationally renowned People’s Palace Projects (PPP), based in the Department of Drama, creates projects in a wide range of art forms and academic disciplines that focus on the fertile territory where art interweaves with social action. From London’s East End to Rio de Janeiro, and in international knowledge-sharing networks, PPP’s projects connect artists with audiences, participants and peers to make art that enriches lives. PPP partners with small companies and individual artists, and major arts institutions in large festivals and showcases that reach audiences of thousands, like Rio Occupation London 2012.

They also work with government departments, community groups and NGOs in the UK, Brazil and beyond. Collaborating with people in challenging and vulnerable situations from prisons or indigenous territories to areas of urban social exclusion and violence, with children in social care, with homeless choirs and world-leading disabled artists, PPP’s projects aim to amplify the voices of people who are underrepresented in conventional art contexts and situate them at the heart of creative examination of our society.

Project Phakama

PROJECT PHAKAMA is a participatory arts organisation that specialises in developing work with young people locally and internationally. It has been arts organisation in residence at Queen Mary University of London, hosted by the School of English and Drama, since 2008. Phakama is a Xhosa word meaning stand up, elevate and empower yourself. This reflects the origins of the company: Phakama grew from an international collaboration in 1996 between artists and arts educators from the UK and South Africa, keen to develop new approaches to participatory arts practice that foreground the voices and experiences of young people.

The Phakama Give and Gain methodology, focusing on cultural equity and shared responsibility, has supported young people in Argentina, Brazil, India, Ireland, Japan and across Europe to develop public performances responding to the social, economic and political issues that shape their lives including climate justice (Message in a Bottle), censorship (TripWires), intergenerational inequity and social exclusion (The Edible Garden). Phakama has an active youth board that model Phakama’s commitment to social justice, cultural access and supporting alternative training provisions for young people interested in arts and cultural development.

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Artists on Campus

Queen Mary hosts many visual artists, theatre makers and performers, media artists, writers and musicians. Many of our departments host artists, writers or composers in residence.

Below you will find our artists from a number of schemes we host here at Queen Mary.

Artists Research Fellowship Scheme

Artists Research Fellowship Scheme

Having worked with many artists and companies over the years, the Department of Drama felt strongly that their resources should be made available to artists and those working in the arts, who would find it helpful to develop their own practice as part of our community. The Artist Research Fellowship scheme is a programme of support for artists and arts workers at Queen Mary, creating a community of Fellows drawn from a wide range of arts practices and roles within the arts community. These Fellows pursue the development of their work sustained by support from Drama staff and academics across the College, drawing on studio and library resources, and meet each other regularly to discuss their work and lives as artists. Our Artists Research Fellows are (in alphabetical order):

Artist Research Fellow - Sylvan Baker
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 Verbatim Formula

Sylvan Baker

Artist Research Fellowship Scheme, Creative Learning and Education Associate RSA

Dr Sylvan Baker is an applied-arts practitioner, researcher and director with 25 years experience of using arts practice to work with communities and young people. He has worked across the UK and collaborated on international projects in Europe and Latin America. Baker is committed to widening the scope of practice research to instigate dialogue with the communities that are often the subjects of applied arts research, but rarely the co-researchers. He is interested in developing ways in which the knowledge held in universities can extend beyond the boundaries of the campus. This may be across academic disciplines, research sectors or the wider community.

At Queen Mary, Baker worked with Dr Maggie Inchley, Senior Lecturer in Performance on The Verbatim Formula, an applied performance research project that is working with care-experienced young people and explores methods for dialogue on the needs of the care system. He also developed two further practice research projects:

Immersive Democracy – an applied arts methodology to promote authentic engagement for all stakeholders in school communities

The Evaluation Project – research that explores ways in which practice research can use creative methods for evaluation, rather than step outside the discipline for validation.

Find out more: The Verbatim Formula:

Dickie Beau

Artist Research Fellowship Scheme

Dickie Beau is a London-based actor and physical performer, mainly recognised for breathing new life into the drag tradition of lip-synching through his distinctive playback performances. He is widely celebrated for the skill, innovation and diversity of his work and has received multiple awards including the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award and the London Cabaret Award for Best Alternative Performer.

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Dickie Beau at Queen Mary

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Artist Research Fellow - Dickie Beau
Karen Christopher

Karen Christopher

Artist Research Fellowship Scheme

Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is currently engaged in creating a series of duet performances. She was a member of the Chicago-based Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. She now lives in London, working to define a practice that continues in a collaborative and plural mode. This work includes a search for points of intersection and startling combinations that surprise and awaken the mind, allowing people to experience shifts of understanding and awareness within the community of the performance event.

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Karen Christopher at Queen Mary

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Julia Bardsley - Artist-in-Residence
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Julia Bardsley

Artist-in-Residence: February-March 2011

School of English and Drama

Julia Bardsley works in various combinations as director, performer, filmmaker, photographer and installation artist. From 1985 she was joint founder of the award-winning company, Dereck Dereck Productions. Works include Cupboard Man, Gaudete and The Vinegar Works (all at the Almeida Theatre).

For her residency at Queen Mary, Bardsley worked with the AiR Project, creating the next phase of the meta-FAMILY project. This project is described by the British Council as ‘a type of gymnasium – a site for organising physical and psychological behaviour, a zone of instruction, workout and the interplay of power dynamics. The intention is to modulate the conventions of both the family and the gymnasium to create a hybrid of both.’

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Julia Bardsley and the AiR project

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Grenville Davey

Artist-in-Residence, 2010-11

School of Physics and Astronomy

Grenville Davey is an English sculptor and winner of the 1992 Turner Prize. For a number of years his work has been concerned with symmetries and families of related objects.

As artist-in-residence at the Centre for Research in String Theory (CRST) in the School of Physics and Astronomy, Davey worked closely with David Berman, Professor in Theoretical Physics. Davey’s interest in symmetries meant that he had a natural interest in Berman’s work on manifesting duality geometrically. The collaboration led to Davey creating sculptural responses to the Centre's work on generalised geometry and the role of duality, which have been exhibited widely. Davey’s residency was supported by the Westfield Trust and the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Residency at CRST

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Helena Hunter - Artist-in-Residence

Helena Hunter

Artist-in-Residence, September - October 2009

School of English and Drama

Artist Helena Hunter’s work includes live performance, performance for camera, film and photographic work. Hunter’s work addresses complex cultural issues relating to the politics of the body, the construction of gender, and the formation of desire. Her practice incorporates the body and movement, and utilises the body as text, site and sculptural tool. Her practice is research-based and process-led, employing independent studio-based research and dynamic collaboration. Hunter’s work has toured throughout the UK and Europe and she has delivered lectures, artist talks, workshops and professional development schemes in the UK and internationally.

During her residency at Queen Mary, Hunter was based in the Department of Drama where she engaged in a period of research and development for her new work ‘dis-locate’ that premiered at the Sacred Season, Chelsea Theatre in October 2009. Hunter gave artist talks, led workshops, and worked with students and staff during the development of the work. She also collaborated with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and gave an artist talk as part of Quorum-Research Seminars in the study of theatre and performance.

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Helena Hunter and the Air Project

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Kira O'Reilly

Artist-in-Residence, October-November 2010

School of English and Drama

Kira O’Reilly is a UK-based artist whose practice employs performance, biotechnical practices, and writing to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. She has been a visiting lecturer in the UK, Australia and USA in visual art, drama and dance.

During her residency at Queen Mary, O’Reilly explored points of connection and resonance between her practice and the research activities of Queen Mary, in particular in relation to medical and life sciences. O’ Reilly produced the new performance Untitled (syncopations for more bodies) at the Outside AiR Festival. The performance was developed and performed with Lauren Barri Holstein, Hrafnhildur Benediktsdóttir, Nathália Mello and Amanda Prince-Lubawy and glanced, glimpsed and amplified syncopal swoons, rhythms and dis-rhythms of movement across five similar and dissimilar dancing bodies within the levels and viewing sights of Queen Mary’s Great Hall.

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Kira O’Reilly and the Air Project

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Mehmet Sander - Artist-in-Residence

Mehmet Sander

Artist-in-Residence, February-March 2011

School of English and Drama

Mehmet Sander was born in Germany in 1967. He started dancing with Geyvan Mcmillen in Istanbul in 1984. Sander continued his dance education at the London Contemporary Dance School, California State University, Harvard University and American Dance Festival. Sander founded the Mehmet Sander Dance Company in 1990. In the US, Sander and his company have performed in Highways (Santa Monica), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Festival (1993), Japan-American Theater and Alaska Performing Arts Center (Anchorage).

For his residency at Queen Mary, Sander led a five-day workshop followed by a live public performance. Uncomfort Zone explored dance as a premise to refuse comfort, emotion and music in favour of collision, maximum velocity and gravity as enhancements of – rather than inhibitions to – performance. Sander led tasks that challenged the participants physically, mentally and intellectually, culminating in a new performance in the Great Hall.

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Mehmet Sander and the Air Project

Peggy Shaw

Artist-in-Residence, February-March 2010

School of English and Drama

Peggy Shaw is an actor, writer and producer. She co-founded The Split Britches Theater Company with Lois Weaver and The WOW Café in New York in 1980. She has received three Obie Awards for her work with Split Britches. Split Britches are a part of Staging Human Rights, where they work in prisons in Rio De Janeiro and England.

As part of her residency at Queen Mary, Shaw brought the performance Lost Lounge to the Great Hall, devised, developed and performed with her long-term collaborator Lois Weaver, Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary. Their work as Split Britches has been performed all over the world, and in bringing Lost Lounge to the Great Hall they evoked the parallels in the redevelopment of New York with the redevelopment of London, particularly in east London. Students and alumni were heavily involved in the performance as stage and technical crew and took the opportunity to develop new skills working with an internationally renowned company.

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Peggy Shaw and the Air Project 

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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Fellows
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Oreet Ashery

AHRC Creative Fellow, 2007-2010

Oreet Ashery is a London-based visual artist working in live art (interventions, interactions, events), performance, images, digital media, writing, and objects. Her work looks at personal politics and its complex relationship to social and political realities. During her time at Queen Mary she produced a range of works including The Great Recession, a site-specific 'soup kitchen' intervention, and The Saint/s of Whitstable, a commission that included a daily play reading and a residency in a derelict fisherman's hut. She also published Dancing with Men (Live Art Development Agency, 2009), The Novel of Nonel and Vovel (with Larissa Sansour, 2009) and Staying: Dream, Bin, Soft Stud and Other Stories (an Artangel project, 2010).

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Bobby Baker

AHRC Creative Fellow, 2005-2011

Bobby Baker is an artist whose work explores gender, social relations, and mental health in everyday life through visual art and performance. In her forty-year career, she has, among other things, made a life-size edible and tasty cake version of her family; opened her kitchen to the public; and driven around the streets of London strapped to the back of a truck instructing passers-by through a megaphone to “pull yourselves together”. During her time at Queen Mary, a retrospective of her career, Bobby Baker: Redeeming Features of Daily Life (edited by Michèle Barrett and Bobby Baker) was published by Routledge. She also pursued research into a major new performance entitled A Model Family in 2010. In 2009, she exhibited her Diary Drawings or her experience of mental illness at London's Wellcome Collection. Her book, Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me (2010), won the Mind Book of the Year Award, 2011. Bobby Baker was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 2011.

Find out more:

Daily Life (an arts organisation in east London set up by Baker)

Bobby Baker - AHRC Creative Fellow
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Kira O'Reilly

AHRC Creative Fellow, 2010-2013

Kira O’Reilly is a UK-based artist whose practice employs performance, biotechnical practices, and writing to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. She has been a visiting lecturer in the UK, Australia and USA in visual art, drama and dance.

During her residency at Queen Mary, O’Reilly explored points of connection and resonance between her practice and the research activities of Queen Mary, in particular in relation to medical and life sciences. O’ Reilly produced the new performance Untitled (syncopations for more bodies) at the Outside AiR Festival. The performance was developed and performed with Lauren Barri Holstein, Hrafnhildur Benediktsdóttir, Nathália Mello and Amanda Prince-Lubawy and glanced, glimpsed and amplified syncopal swoons, rhythms and dis-rhythms of movement across five similar and dissimilar dancing bodies within the levels and viewing sights of Queen Mary’s Great Hall.

Find out more:

Kira O’Reilly and the Air Project

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Suzy Willson

AHRC Creative Fellow

Over 21 years, Suzy Willson has created an extraordinary body of work that has pushed the boundaries of choreographic practice. After training with legendary theatre and movement teacher Jacques Lecoq in Paris she created CLOD ENSEMBLE with composer Paul Clark, creating award-winning, movement-based performance work which defies categorisation. Her work is provocative, uncompromising and finely crafted, and ambitious in scale and concept – shown in art galleries, theatres, dance houses and public spaces in the UK and internationally. From the choral lament Silver Swan in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, to Red Ladies, performed across an entire city (complete with helicopter, stretch limousine and owl), to An Anatomie, which dissected Sadler’s Wells auditorium and stage, Suzy’s work has always encouraged people to see familiar spaces from a new perspective.

Willson is an Honorary Professor at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her work in the area of movement and medicine is pioneering. At Queen Mary, she has run The Performing Medicine programme, a series of workshops for medical students and health professionals, using the arts to teach skills at the heart of clinical training and practice. The programme encourages participants to appreciate the choreographic, non-verbal and spatial dimensions of care.

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Suzy Willson - AHRC Creative Fellow
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Edward Nesbit

Composer-in-Residence: 2016 - 2019

Music at QMUL and School of Geography

Dr Edward Nesbit is a London-based composer with a particular interest in vocal music. His works have been performed by groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Guildhall Symphony Orchestra in venues including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room and the Barbican. For his residency at Queen Mary, Nesbit was commissioned to write a new orchestral work in celebration of the 80th and 130th anniversaries of the People's Palaces. (The original People’s Palace, which opened in 1887 burnt down in 1931. The new People’s Palace opened in 1937.) Called Time Passes, the piece was performed by the Queen Mary Orchestra, Choir and the East London Music Group in March 2017 in The Octagon.

Nesbit also took part in a project called Journeys, a musical exploration of home and migration between Vietnam and London, involving a series of musical performances and workshops. The project collaborated with members of the Vietnamese community, musicians and Nesbit. It was based upon PhD research by geographer Annabelle Wilkins on relationships between home, work and migration among Vietnamese people in east London, developed in partnership with the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership between Queen Mary and the Geffrye Museum of the Home. Through collaboration and performances Journeys sought to strengthen links between Queen Mary and its local communities, as well as bringing current research to new audiences. Over 400 people took part in a series of performances and workshops, featuring talks and discussion on the themes of home and migration.

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Centre for Studies of Home

Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence
Janetka Platun - Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence
Globe by Janetka Platun

Janetka Platun

Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, 2016-17

School of Geography and School of English and Drama

Janetka Platun works in disparate locations and with diverse communities. Her art challenges orthodox ideas about people, places and the status quo by igniting dynamic creative interventions. Her aim is to create projects that pose questions about our existential and moral relationship to our surroundings. The themes that run through her art are our collective search for belonging, transient concepts of home and how we deal with loss.

For her residency at Queen Mary, Platun worked in collaboration with the Schools of Geography, and English and Drama. Platun produced a collaborative filmic and sculptural project called Globe, which explores questions of home and migration in east London, challenging perceptions of home territory and geographical boundaries. Globe relates to the local and the global, questioning ideas of who falls ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, ‘them’ and ‘us’. She also lectured on the role of art projects within social contexts outside the cultural spaces normally reserved for the arts.

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Globe project

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Ranjit Kandalgaonkar

Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, April - September 2012

School of Business and Management

Ranjit Kandalgaonkar is a Mumbai-based artist, whose work is mainly concerned with cities and themes of urbanisation. Kandalgaonkar was awarded the Leverhulme residency to work on an experimental ethnography in collaboration with Dr Amit Rai, Senior Lecturer in New Media and Communication, and Dr Sadhvi Dar, Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility / business ethics, both in the School of Business and Management. Rai, Dar and Kandalgaonkar researched East End street markets and how markets can be rendered sites for social practices that ascribe (de-)value to objects and artefacts. This interdisciplinary research integrated digital mediums, film, ethnographic observation and photography.

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Leverhulme Artist - Ranjit Kandalgaonkar
Leverhulme Artist - Rachel Oxley

Rachel Oxley

Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, 2010

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Interaction, Media and Communications Group

Rachel Oxley creates live and time-based artworks for a range of contexts including, theatre, installation and public space. The work is concerned with the dynamics, possibilities and limits of communication and often highlights the absurdities, connections and frustrations of everyday interactions. Experiments or interventions often focus on limiting factors, such as gesture, speech or movement to expose the complexities of kinesics and expression.

During her time at Queen Mary, Oxley was involved in an artist-led group project shown as a public performance at the university and pilot performance experiments developed from research conversations shown to the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and the School of English and Drama. She also developed a performance piece for the annual Inside Out Festival, which showcases the contribution of nine London Universities to the capital's cultural life.

Ron Athey

Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence, October - November 2010

Centre for the History of the Emotions, School of History

Ron Athey is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and experimental theatre maker. Athey has been a practicing artist since his first collaborations with Rozz Williams in Los Angeles in 1981. He rose to international prominence during the US culture wars of the early 1990s, when a section of Four Scenes in a Harsh Life (1994) brought his work to the attention of right-wing legislators, resulting in a denunciation by Jesse Helms on the Senate floor.

During his time at Queen Mary, Athey worked with the Centre for the History of the Emotions convening a series of lectures and workshops. He also created a new performance for the Outside AiR Festival, part of a Queen Mary Live Art initiative, which drew a large cast together in an expansive group performance. The co-performers included Queen Mary students, staff and alumni. The performance itself, Gifts of the Spirit Part One: Automatic Writing (A Study and A Score) focused on notions of channelling through automatic writing. These ideas are also explored in Athey's memoir, Gifts of the Spirit, and earlier multi-media work, JOYC.

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Ron Athey and the Air Project 

Artist website:  
Centre for the History of the Emotions
Leverhulme Artist - Ron Athey

Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, School of Languages Linguistics and Film

Established in 2005, the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations' (CAGCR) Writer-in-Residence Programme showcases recent developments in contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss literature. This initiative is financed by the Deutscher Literaturfonds, and administered by the German Department's German Academic Exchange Service Lektor(in). The CAGCR hosts writers whose work is representative of critically acclaimed contemporary literature in German and enables visiting authors to reside at Queen Mary for short periods of around ten weeks.

Writer-in- Residence - Terézia Mora

Terézia Mora

Writer-in-Residence, 2005

Terézia Mora was born in Sopron, Hungary in 1971 and has lived in Berlin since 1990. There she studied Hungarian and drama at the Humboldt University and screenwriting at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb). Her literary career began when she won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 1999. She is not only a famous novelist, but also works as a translator from Hungarian into German and as a scriptwriter, besides writing both stage and radio plays. In 2013, Mora won the prestigious German Book Prize for her novel Das Ungeheuer. In 2013-14 she gave the Frankfurter Poetikvorlesungen.

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Terézia Mora at Queen Mary

Michael Wildenhain

Writer-in-Residence, 2006

Michael Wildenhain was born in West Berlin in 1958 and still lives there with his family. After studying economics, philosophy and computer science, he was involved in the left-wing squatter movement in West Berlin, which provided the material for his first literary texts. He is particularly well known as a writer of prose for young adults. He has taught creative writing at the Literaturinstitut Leipzig. His most recent novel Das Lächeln der Alligatoren was shortlisted for the prestigious Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse (2015). Wildenhain is a member of the Verband Deutscher Schriftsteller and of the PEN centre Germany.

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Michael Wildenhain at Queen Mary

Writer-in-Residence - Michael Wildenhain
Writer-in-Residence - Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2007

Sibylle Lewitscharoff is a German author. Among her novels are Pong (1998), Apostoloff (2009) and Blumenberg (2011). She has received several German literary awards, including the Georg Büchner Prize in 2013.

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About Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Angelika Overath

Writer-in-Residence, winter 2007

Angelika Overath is a German author and journalist. Overath studied German literature, history, Italian studies, and cultural studies at the University of Tübingen and wrote a PhD-thesis in 1986 about the colour blue in modern literature. She has worked as a writer in residence at Queen Mary and at Newcastle University. She also teaches creative writing for the Swiss Hyperwerk.

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About Angelika Overath

Writer-in-Residence - Angelika Overath
Writer-in-Residence - Björn Kern

Björn Kern

Writer-in-Residence, winter 2008

Björn Kern is a German writer. Born in 1978 he grew up in Schopfheim and attended the local Theodor Heuss High School. After working in a home for the mentally ill and the elderly in southern France, he studied in Tübingen, Passau and Aix-en-Provence and at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. In 2007 he was invited to the competition for the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt. In his novels he deals above all with his experiences as a civilian service provider, as in Die Erlöser AG, which was filmed in 2012 for ZDF. He currently lives in Berlin and Oderbruch.

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Angela Krauß

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2009

Angela Krauß was born in 1950 in Chemnitz. She studied advertising at the Fachschule für Gestaltung und Werbung in East Berlin and worked in advertising and communication until 1972. From 1976 to 1979 she studied at J.R. Becher Institute for Literature in Leipzig. Angela Krauß shot to fame when she won the Ingeborg Bachmann prize in 1988. She has travelled extensively to give readings and lectures in the United States and Canada. She was visiting Professor for Creative Writing at the University of Paderborn in 2000 and gave the prestigious Frankfurter Poetikvorlesungen in 2004. Besides having been awarded numerous prizes she is a member of the Academy of the Fine Arts of Saxony and the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Angela Krauß lives and works in Leipzig.

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Angela Krauß at Queen Mary

Writer-in-Residence - Angela Krauss
Writer-in-Residence - Matthias Politycki

Matthias Politycki

Writer-in-Residence, winter 2009

Matthias Politycki was born in May 1955 in Karlsruhe. He read German literature, philosophy and drama at the universities of Munich and Vienna from 1975 to 1987. In 1987 he completed his PhD at the University of Munich. He was awarded the Bavarian State Prize for literature a year later. From 1988 to 1990 Politycki worked as research assistant to Professor W. Frühwald at the German Department at the University of Munich before becoming a freelance writer and a member of PEN. He currently lives in Hamburg and Munich.

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Matthias Politycki at Queen Mary

Jan Böttcher

Writer-in-Residence, winter 2009

Born in 1973, Jan Böttcher is a German writer and musician. He studied German and Scandinavian literature in Stockholm and Berlin and has been working since 1993 as a writer and musician in Berlin. In his early novels and stories, he illuminates adolescence sometimes drawing on his own autobiographical experience and sometimes wider contemporary themes and experiences. Böttcher's prose uses the means of realistic narration and is very interested in social systems.

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Writer-in-Residence - Jan Böttcher
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Kai Weyand

Writer-in-Residence, winter 2010

Born in 1986, Kai Weyand is a German writer. He graduated from the University of Education Freiburg. After working in teaching and education, he became a prize-winning freelance writer. His 2015 novel Applaus für Bronikowski (Applause for Bronikowski) was on the longlist for the German Book Prize 2015.

David Wagner

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2012

David Wagner was born in 1971 in Andernach. He studied comparative literature and art history at the University of Bonn, in Paris and Berlin. After periods spent in Rome, Barcelona and Mexico City, he now lives and works in Berlin.

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David Wagner at Queen Mary

Writer-in-Residence - David Wagner
Writer-in-Residence - Sudabeh Mohafez

Sudabeh Mohafez

Writer-in-Residence, winter 2012 / spring 2013

Sudabeh Mohafez was born in 1963 in Tehran, Iran, and has lived in Germany since 1979 (with a brief stint in Lisbon). She has worked for NGOs in the areas of migration support and violence prevention. In 1999 she began to publish her short stories. Since 2001 she has worked as an editor and translator, and has led writing workshops. She has received several writers' grants, most notably from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Deutscher Literaturfonds, and literary awards, including the 2006 Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Förderpreis and the 2008 Isla-Volante-Literaturpreis. In 2008 she was nominated for the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis. Major works include the short story collection Wüstenhimmel Sternenland (Desert Sky, Land of Stars) (2004) and the novel Gespräch in Meeresnähe (Conversation by the Sea) (2005).

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Gregor Sander

Writer-in-Residence, spring and autumn 2013

Gregor Sander was born in 1968 in Schwerin and trained as a metal worker and then qualified as a nurse before taking up his studies at university. He studied medicine at the University of Rostock and then read German and history at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1992 to 1996. From 1996 to 1997 he attended the Berliner Journalistenschule. In 2002, Gregor Sander started his literary career with Ich aber bin hier geboren, a collection of short stories. He now lives and works in Berlin.

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Writer-in-Residence - Kristof Magnusson

Kristof Magnusson

Writer-in-Residence, autumn 2013

Kristof Magnusson was born in Hamburg in 1976. After training as a church musician, he spent two years working for homelessness organisations in New York before studying at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig, the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Reykjavík. Magnusson lives in Berlin as a writer and translator. He has received numerous fellowships for his work as a dramatist and fiction writer from such institutions as the Academy of Arts, the Cultural Foundation of Saxony and the German Literature Fund.

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Abbas Khider

Writer-in-Residence, autumn 2014

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1973, Abbas Khider arrived in Germany in 2000, a journey that was a catalogue of displacement, illegal immigration and frequent incarceration. As a teenager, Khider leafleted for various communist and Islamic opposition parties in Iraq, unaware that his activities were drawing the attentions of Saddam Hussein's regime. He was arrested, tortured, held for two years as an enemy of the state and released to find his chances of attending university in Iraq destroyed by his status as a political detainee. He resolved to leave Iraq for an education, and so his journey began.

Khider's first language is Arabic, but his first novel is, unusually, written in German. The Village Indian (2013), translated into English by Donal McLaughlin, is the story of Rasul Hamid, political prisoner and refugee, and is fuelled by Khider's own experiences of life as an enemy of the regime in his homeland. It documents Hamid's various attempts to leave Iraq, tracing his journey across North Africa and Europe, offering insight into the life cycle of travel, infiltration, discovery and deportation of the modern refugee. Khider studied philosophy and literature in Munich and Potsdam, and currently lives in Berlin. He has won numerous prizes for his poetry and prose, including the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for the Most Promising Young Writer.

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Writer-in-Residence - Thomas Meinecke

Thomas Meinecke

Writer-in-Residence, autumn 2014

School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Interaction, Media and Communications Group

Thomas Meinecke was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1955. He is the author of five novels, all of which use an innovative writing technique similar to music sampling. This approach allows him to deal with a variety of topics, from popular culture, music, and gender roles to the German, Jewish, and African diaspora in the US. Meinecke also plays in the experimental rock band F.S.K. and works as a club DJ in Berlin.

One of the foremost cultural commentators in Germany, Meinecke first came to literary prominence with the novel Tomboy, which embodies in a particular kind of docufiction the theories of postmodern gender studies. His second novel, Hellblau, (Pale Blue), pursues the intersectional discourse into a dissection of race. Both have been translated into American English by Daniel Bowles. His third novel, called Musik (Music) is a queer novel, which uses historical anecdote and deep knowledge of popular music to deconstruct a wide variety of identity discourses.

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Ilija Trojanow

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2015

Writer, translator and publisher Ilija Trojanow was born in Bulgaria and has lived in Germany, Kenya and India, after his family fled Bulgaria. After his studies in Munich he founded a publishing house and has written a number of books, essays and journalism since. In his work he critically addresses political and cultural issues. In 2006, his bestseller novel Der Weltensammler (Carl Hanser) was awarded the 'Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse'. In the 1990s Trojanow wrote several non-fiction and travel books about Africa, published an anthology of contemporary African literature and translated African authors into German. His first novel, Die Welt ist groß und Rettung lauert überall (1996) recounts his family's experiences as political refugees and asylum seekers. Since then, he has published a science fiction novel Autopol, Hundezeiten, an account of a visit to his Bulgarian homeland, and books dealing with his experiences in India. Trojanow's books have been translated into 25 languages and awarded several prizes. He has also taught at a number of universities.

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Writer-in-Residence - Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2016

Peter Schneider is a seminal figure in contemporary German writing. Initially prominent for his involvement in the student movement, he has consistently focused on problems at the heart of German national and cultural identity: the legacy of Auschwitz, the student revolt, neo-Nazi violence, the Green movement, and, above all, the division and subsequent unification of Germany. From the influential Lenz (1973) to his most recent book An der Schönheit kann's nicht liegen...Berlin-Portrait einer unfertigen Stadt (2015), Schneider's fiction and essays bring meticulous intellectual analysis to what he himself describes as a neglected 'deutsche Tradition von Ironie, Leichtigkeit, Humor'.

Ulf Stolterfoht

Writer-in-Residence, autumn 2016

The poet Ulf Stolterfoht was born in Stuttgart in 1963. He studied German language and literature and comparative literature in Bochum and Tübingen until 1991. Between 1998 and 2004 he wrote his four-volume magnum opus of specialised languages (I-IX, 1998; X-XVIII, 2002; XIX-XXVII, 2004; XXVIII-XXXVI, 2009). Critics responded to the self-contained lyrical tone with acclaim. Stolterfoht's texts are attributed to the meta-fictional, experimental lyrical tradition of Samuel Beckett and Oskar Pastior. His poetic project fuses, by means of a formalistic method of recycling, mismatched chunks of language from disparate sources - highly specialised languages of the trade and linguistic theory, works from the literary canon, slang and adolescent lingo. In doing so, the compilational nature of writing poetry is highlighted to the point that Kurt Drawert even drew up a 'non-author' as creator of the texts. Meanings are questioned in a game of references, innuendos and quotations while being subordinated to rhythmic and phonetic patterns. Stolterfoht has been awarded many prizes for his work as well as literary grants.

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Writer-in-Residence - Barbara Honigmann

Barbara Honigmann

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2017

Barbara Honigmann was born in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1949. She is the daughter of German / Hungarian Jewish parents, who returned to live in East Germany in 1947 after a period of exile in London. Honigmann studied theatre studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, completing her degree in 1972. She then worked as a playwright and director in Brandenburg at both the Volksbühne and the German Theatre in East Berlin. She became a freelance writer in 1975. She also works as a painter. Since 1984, Honigmann has lived in Strasbourg, France.

Critics have often viewed Barbara Honigmann as a representative figure. They have seen her as emblematic of the emergence of a literature written by Jews who were born towards, or after the end, of World War II and who spent their formative years in Austria, the GDR, or West Germany. According to Guy Stern, Honigmann's texts are also paradigmatic of post-exile writings by German-Jewish authors. In addition, they offer examples of literary reactions to the demise of the GDR by its decamped intellectuals, and represent the articulations of a new generation of women writers. Such claims, perhaps paradoxically, highlight the multiplicitous significance of Honigmann's work, which, in fact, refuses easy categorization.

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Daniela Danz

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2018

Danz has written poetry, prose, essays and children's literature. Besides that she collaborates with composers. A number of her works have been set to music, as well as translated into other languages. In her work, she experiments with classical forms and antique subject-matter, such as the epics of Homer or Ovid's Metamorphoses. From here, Danz seeks to make connections with recent history, such as World War II and with current socio-political concerns like migration. A similar approach can be found in her most recent novel, which is inspired by the legend of the Roman general and hunter St Eustace.

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Writer-in-Residence - Alissa Walser

Alissa Walser

Writer-in-Residence, spring 2018

Alissa Walser works as a painter, as well as an author, and translator. Her writings include stage plays, novels and essays. Her painterly eye is attuned to the situations of everyday life and she condenses these into precise analytical phrases. Walser often enriches her texts with her sketches. Her first novel Am Anfang war die Nacht Musik (Mesmerised) concerned the celebrated Viennese doctor Franz Mesmer in the late 18th century and his patient Maria Theresia Paradis, a blind but highly skilled pianist. Walser depicts relations between human beings and between the self and its physicality, while questioning the ability of language to convey mental processes.


The Royal Literary Fund Fellowship

The Royal Literary Fund Fellowship scheme was conceived with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students. The principal aim of the Fellow's work is to foster good writing practice across disciplines and media. Each year Queen Mary hosts three Royal Literary Fund Fellows, who offer one-to-one writing tutorials to students and staff.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow - David Watson

David Watson

The Royal Literary Fund Fellow, 2018-2019

We are happy to welcome back David Watson, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, who was also the Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2017-2018 . His work has been staged at venues including the Royal Court and the Bush in London, and Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. Having written poems and stories for as long as he can remember, he began writing for the stage as a teenager, as part of Birmingham Rep’s Transmissions scheme for young writers. His early work focused on the lives and concerns of young people, most significantly in Flight Path (2007), about the relationship between a teenage boy and his learning-disabled brother. By Pieces of Vincent (2010), he had extended his canvas, journeying across the British Isles from County Down to London, in an exploration of how a collage of individuals are united by one act of terrorism. He has collaborated extensively with community companies, including Only Connect, for whom he has written plays that were developed and performed by both former and serving prisoners. For the Big House company, he worked with young people on the point of leaving the care system on pieces including The Realness (2014), his first foray into musical theatre. For television, he wrote for three series of L8R (2008–13), an educational drama that was awarded three Children’s BAFTAs. Other screen work includes The Hope Rooms, a short film that premiered in 2016. Currently he is under commission to the Birmingham Rep and the Royal Court, and is also collaborating on new musical and film projects. He lives in North-East London with his wife and son.

Rahila Gupta

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows, 2018-2019

Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist and writer. Her latest book, a dramatic monologue, Don’t Wake Me: the ballad of Nihal Armstrong, was published in 2013. An abridged version of this ballad was produced and toured as a theatre piece in London and the South-east and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. It was nominated for Best New Play for the Off-West End awards in 2014. She has contributed short stories and poems to many anthologies and journals. She co-edited with Rukhsana Ahmad a collection of short stories by Asian women, Flaming Spirit (Virago, 1994). With Kiranjit Ahluwalia she wrote Circle of Light (HarperCollins, 1997), ‘the story of a battered woman who killed her violent husband’, and co-scripted the feature film Provoked, which was based on the book and released in 2007. As a journalist, she writes for the Guardian and openDemocracy among other papers and websites. She was a member of the writing team on Westway, an award-winning drama series set in a fictional medical centre in multicultural London, for the BBC World Service. In 2003 she edited a collection of political essays on the issues faced by black women in Britain, From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall black sisters (Zed Press). She was writer-in-residence at Bromley-by-Bow Centre from 2000 until 2005 and has run writing workshops in a range of community and educational settings. Her book on the link between immigration controls and slavery Enslaved: the new British slavery was published in 2007 and was reissued by Portobello Books in May 2008.

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Andrew Martin

The Royal Literary Fund Fellow, 2018-2019

Andrew Martin is a prolific author of novels and non-fiction books. Most of his fiction is in the historical crime genre, and he is perhaps best known for a series of novels set in the early twentieth century and featuring a railway policeman called Jim Stringer. The series achieved four Crime Writers’ Association listings, and in 2011 The Somme Stations won the CWA Ellis Peter award for historical crime fiction. Martin’s other novels include The Yellow Diamond, about rich Russians in London, and The Martian Girl, which is set both in the modern day and the world of late Victorian music hall. Martin’s interest in railway history (he is the son of a railwayman) is also reflected in his non-fiction, which includes Underground, Overground: a passenger’s history of the Tube, and Night Trains: the rise and fall of the sleeper. Amongst his other nonfiction titles are Flight by Elephant: the untold story of World War II’s most daring jungle rescue (concerning the British exodus from Burma following the Japanese invasion) and How To Get Things Really Flat: a man’s guide to ironing, dusting and other household arts. Martin decided to become a full-time writer after winning the Spectator Young Writer of the Year award back when he was young. He had previously qualified as a barrister, which partly accounts for his interest in crime. He broadcasts regularly and has written and presented BBC TV documentaries on historical themes. He often gives talks, and has taught creative writing for various organisations.

Lynn Knight

The Royal Literary Fund Fellow, 2017-2018

Lynn Knight is interested in the larger narratives behind ordinary lives, most particularly the lives of women. Her biography, Clarice Cliff (Bloomsbury, 2005), charted the working-class designer's rise through the pottery industry and the way her designs spoke to the changes in women's lives between the wars. Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue: the story of an accidental family (Atlantic, 2011), told the story of the three generations of adoption in her own family and made use of oral recollection, notebooks and domestic objects, as well as social history. The Button Box (Chatto & Windus, 2016) uses an assortment of family buttons to explore the story of women in the 20th century through the clothes they wore. She is especially interested in everyday objects as repositories of memory and history and in women's relationship with their domestic space. Work at Virago (latterly as editorial director of the Modern Classics series) led her to edit two collections of short stories, Infinite Riches: classic stories by twentieth-century women writers (Virago, 1993), reissued as The Secret Woman (Virago, 2000) and Dangerous Calm: the selected stories of Elizabeth Taylor (Virago, 1995). She has also abridged the diaries of Beatrice Webb (Virago in association with the LSE, 2000), and written critical introductions and reviews. Knight teaches fiction, as well as autobiography and memoir, at City Lit in London. She has also taught at the Women's Library, Charleston and the Geffrye Museum of the Home, and runs independent courses.

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Royal Literary Fund Fellow - Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett

The Royal Literary Fund Fellow, 2017-2018

Andrew Lycett is a biographer and journalist. After graduating, Lycett travelled in and began writing about India. He also worked briefly for a development agency in Bangladesh. In the 1970s he worked in Africa and later in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, mainly for The Times and The Sunday Times. Over twenty years he edited several magazines and other publications dealing primarily with the Arab world. He acted as a consultant to the Economist Intelligence Unit and was a contributing editor of GQ. As a result of regular visits to Libya, Lycett wrote his first book, Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution (1987), with his Sunday Times colleague, the late David Blundy. Since the mid-1990s, he has concentrated on writing non-fiction books, mainly biographies, including Ian Fleming (1995), Rudyard Kipling (1999), Dylan Thomas - A New Life (2003) and Conan Doyle - The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes (2007), the latter winning Book of the Week in the Guardian. His journalistic output includes feature articles, book reviews and radio broadcasts. He speaks at literary festivals, in schools and universities, and at other events, about his books, biography in general, and current affairs in countries including Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and India.

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Research Centres
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Research centres and institutes

Numerous research centres and institutes at Queen Mary explore art and culture, including:

Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations

Centre for Culture and Law

Centre for History of Emotion

Centre for Poetry

Centre for the Study of Childhood Cultures

Centre for Studies of Home

Centre for the Study of Migration

Network: QMUL Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy

The Centre for Film and Ethics


The Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is a collaboration between QMUL and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), established in September 2015. It aims to strengthen educational, cultural, and business links between London and Shanghai, two leading financial centres, by facilitating student and staff exchanges, academic collaboration and joint research. It also provides courses in Chinese language and culture and promotes collaboration in the area of finance and economics.


The Leo Baeck Institute London

The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) supports the study of German-Jewish history and culture. Founded in 1955, it was named after the last public representative of the Jewish community in Nazi Germany. Its members conduct and support research into the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry from the seventeenth century to the present day. The Institute aims to facilitate academic exchange among all of those engaged in understanding the history and culture of German-speaking Jews in Europe and throughout its diaspora. The LBI London also encourages the study of the European Jewish experience from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, to help understand contemporary socio-political debates concerning immigration, minorities, integration, and civil rights.


Creativeworks London (previous 4-year AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy).


Centre for Public Engagement
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Centre for Public Engagement

The Queen Mary Univeristy of London Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) was set up in 2012 with the purpose of advising and supporting engaged activity, working to embed public engagement further within the university.  Public Engagement is central to Queen Mary’s institutional strategy. In 2016, Queen Mary became the first institution to be accredited with an Engage Watermark Gold Award from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

To find out more, please visit our Centre for Public Engagement website.

Our Partnerships

Queen Mary University of London's world-leading partners

In 2017, Queen Mary signed a memorandum of understanding with Arts Council England, committing both institutions to share knowledge and work together towards the common goal of promoting global research, local community engagement, and creative leadership. As the only London university to reach such an agreement with the Arts Council, Queen Mary is positioned to benefit from the Arts Council’s formidable experience in fostering culture and diversity. Queen Mary in return is sharing its research expertise and global reach with the Arts Council, and helping to shape conversations around arts and culture in higher education.

Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England commented: “Our great higher education institutions such as Queen Mary University of London are vitally important custodians of art and culture. This is a hub of excellence in its community and a really significant partner for the Arts Council. It’s ranked ninth nationally for its research quality, and the diverse, vibrant community on its doorstep is reflected in its classrooms and corridors with staff and students from 162 countries. Queen Mary is perfectly positioned to be the ‘place-maker’ around and from which partnerships can form. We’re very excited to see the impact of our work together, both internationally and locally.”

Queen Mary has partnered with some of the UK’s most important cultural providers, including:

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    Actors Touring Comppany

    Actors Touring Company makes international, contemporary theatre that travels. It seeks out new ideas, artists and perspectives, and questions what theatre is and can be through openness, invention and curiosity. Placing the actor at the heart of their work, they create shows that activate and entertain, and which employ a lean aesthetic that promotes environmental sustainability.

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    For over 30 years - and since 1991 under the direction of Michael Morris and James Lingwood - Artangel has produced extraordinary art in unexpected places in London, across the UK and around the world. They produce art that challenges perceptions, surprises, inspires and would not be possible within the confines of a gallery. They collaborate with artists to realise ideas from the furthest reaches of their imagination, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Most Artangel projects are installations and events created for a specific location and therefore usually appear only once.

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    Arts Council England

    Arts Council England is a government-funded arts body dedicated to championing, developing and investing in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2018 and 2022, they will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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    A world-class arts and learning centre, the Barbican Centre pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Based in a Grade II listed Brutalist building in the City of London, the Centre houses a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory. The Barbican Centre is owned, funded, and managed by the City of London Corporation, the third-largest arts funder in the UK. It opened in 1982.

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    Battersea Arts Centre

    is a community arts centre in south London based in a Grade II listed former town hall. Working closely with the local community, the Centre celebrates the rich heritage of its building and the local area through events and discussions. Each year, around 5,000 young people and children participate in workshops, and the Centre works with more than 400 artists to put on around 650 performances and tour at least 12 shows, in the UK and internationally. Its mission is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future.

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    Bishopsgate Institute

    Based in the City of London, the Bishopsgate Institute is a cultural institute dedicated to opening minds, challenging perceptions and enriching lives. Since 1895 it has been a home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry; a place where culture, heritage and learning meet, and where independent thought is cherished. Through its library, historic archive collections, courses for adult learners and cultural events, the Institute aims to enrich, entertain, and stimulate independent thought in a vibrant city environment.

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    Bow Arts Trust

    Bow Arts Trust is a social enterprise supporting community renewal across London by delivering arts and creative services. At present, Bow Arts manages 13 different studio sites across London. It operates a 'live-work' scheme in Bow, east London, which provides housing for artists who have an interest in community work. Its workspace schemes support over 500 artists with affordable safe spaces to work. They also support artists through their sponsorship of the London's Artist Quarter and Artist Studio Finder websites.

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    British Council

    Founded in 1934, the British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society, helping to create understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Last year they reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall, including online, through broadcasts and publications.

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    British Film Institute

    Founded in 1933, the British Film Institute (BFI) is a film and charitable organisation that promotes and preserves filmmaking and television in the UK. From its home on the South Bank of the River Thames, the BFI combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, as well as publishing and festivals. They award National Lottery funding to support film production, distribution, education, audience development, market intelligence and research.

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    British Library

    Housed in a purpose-built library on Euston Road, St Pancras, the British Library is the UK's national library. Its collection, one of the largest in the world, includes more than 150 million items, in over 400 languages, to which three million new items are added every year. The library houses books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music scores, newspapers, patents, databases, philatelic items, prints and drawings and sound recordings.

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    British Museum

    The British Museum, located in Bloomsbury, London, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Numbering some 8 million works, the collection is among the largest in existence, and was widely sourced during the era of the British Empire.

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    Geffrye Museum

    Based in a set of 18th-century almshouses in Hoxton, east London, the Geffrye Museum of the Home explores the home and the way people live. The Museum's collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste.

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    One of the most celebrated opera houses in the world, Glyndebourne is set in the grounds of an English country house near Lewes, East Sussex. Each year, Glyndebourne delivers performances to around 150,000 people across a summer festival and autumn tour. Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences.

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    The Goethe-Institute is Germany's cultural and educational institute. Active around the world, it promotes the study of the German language abroad and encourages international cultural exchange and relations.

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    Historic Royal Palaces

    Historic Royal Palaces is an independent UK charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. Its aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

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    Imperial War Museum

    The Imperial War Museum's (IWM) collections cover conflicts from the First World War to the present day, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth. Its aim is to encourage greater understanding of the history of modern war and wartime experience. IWM is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester; IWM Duxford near Cambridge; the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London; and the ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Pool of London on the River Thames.

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    Institut français du Royaume-Uni

    is part of a worldwide network promoting French language and culture and encouraging cross-cultural exchange and cultural diversity. Founded in 1910 and based in Kensington, London, the Institut comprises a language centre, a cinema, a multimedia library, a children's library and a restaurant. It welcomes 200,000 people each year, with the Language Centre attracting 7,000 students. The Institut also collaborates with schools in the UK to promote French language learning.

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    Live Art Development Agency

    Established in 1999 in London, the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is a publically funded arts organisation that produces projects, opportunities, resources and publications for those who make, watch, research, study, teach, produce and archive 'live art', also sometimes referred to as 'performance art' or 'action art'. LADA serves as a knowledge centre, a production centre for programmes and publications, a research centre, and an online centre for representation and dissemination. It seeks to create conditions in which diversity, innovation and risk in contemporary culture can thrive.

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    Liverpool Theatres

    is an online guide to what is on at the theatre in Liverpool, England. The website lists every theatre and major venue in the city, showing forthcoming productions, shows and gigs, and allowing you to buy tickets and research restaurants, bars and hotels.

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    London Chamber Orchestra

    The London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) is one of the world's best chamber orchestras, combining the charismatic leadership of Principal Conductor Christopher Warren-Green with the skills of London's most exceptional musicians. Working with inspirational international performers, LCO aims to break down the barriers between orchestra and audience. Their programming combines the well-loved with the less familiar.

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    London Mayor's Office

    The Mayor wants every Londoner to feel able to access the city's fantastic arts and culture. The culture team within the London Assembly deliver the Mayor's vision for culture ensuring that the city's arts and culture continues to thrive and unite us. The team promote culture here and on a world stage, and support the development of future talent to help London's creative industries. The team create, commission and catalyse partnerships to bring to life ambitious outdoor events and contemporary culture for all.

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    National Maritime Museum

    Based in historic buildings in Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum is dedicated to enriching people's understanding of the sea, the age of exploration, and Britain's role in world history. The Museum's collection comprises more than two million items, including maritime art, cartography, manuscripts, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, and instruments for time-keeping and astronomy.

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    National Theatre Wales

    National Theatre Wales is a landmark English-language theatre company creating work that is bold and invigorating, rooted in Wales, with an international reach. As a non-building-based theatre, their work is located in sites across Wales.

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    The National Trust

    Founded in 1895, the National Trust is a charitable organisation that conserves coastline, landscapes and more than 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments, gardens, parks and nature reserves in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They look after one of the world's largest and most significant holdings of fine art and heritage objects, with close to one million objects and works of art, many of which were commissioned, acquired and accumulated by country house owners over many centuries.

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    Natural History Museum

    The Natural History Museum in Kensington, London, cares for more than 80 million specimens from natural history spanning billions of years. Its vast collections and pioneering research programme enable it to challenge the way people think about the natural world - its past, present and future, to help tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. Each year, it welcomes more than five million visitors.

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    Ragged School Museum

    The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canal-side buildings between Mile End and Limehouse, which once formed the largest 'ragged' or free school in London. The museum was founded to make the history of the Ragged Schools and the broader social history of the Victorian East End accessible to all. The museum has gallery areas, and a reconstructed Victorian classroom and kitchen displaying their own collection of historical objects, all designed for hands-on inspection.

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    Rich Mix

    Rich Mix is an independent arts centre housed in a former leather factory in Bethnal Green, east London. It offers a full programme of cinema, live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, family activities and exhibitions, as well as being home to 20 creative businesses. Its aim is to be a place where the communities of the world, who are the citizens of east London and beyond, can come together to experience and make world-class art.

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    Housed in a former railway engine repair shed in Chalk Farm, north London, the Roundhouse was transformed into a ground-breaking performing arts venue 50 years ago. It hosts some of the biggest names in music, theatre, circus and spoken word, and is a hub of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary new work. It also engages young people with the arts through music, media and performance projects.

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    Royal Collection Trust

    The Royal Collection Trust looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world, and manages the public opening of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The aim of their work, which includes exhibitions, learning programmes and publications, is to ensure that the Royal Collection and Palaces are valued, conserved to the highest standard and can be enjoyed by everyone.

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    Sadler's Wells

    Based in Islington, north London, Sadler's Wells is a performing arts venue and world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage, it offers a year-round programme of performances and learning activities. More than half a million people visit its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions across the UK and the world, as well accessing its digital content.

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    Sage Gateshead

    Sage Gateshead is an international concert venue and home for music in the north-east of England. It opened in 2004 in a distinctive new building designed by the architects Foster + Partners. It has an inclusive approach to performance, learning and participation programmes, and is committed to providing entertainment that covers a wide range of genres and cultures in order to encourage as broad an audience as possible.

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    Salisbury International Arts Festival

    Since the first Salisbury festival in 1973, more than a million people have enjoyed outstanding performances of theatre, dance, film and music, as well as literary events and the visual arts at Salisbury International Arts Festival. Working with groups including young carers, youth groups, college students, schools, children in care, pre-schools, care homes, volunteers and emerging artists, the festival has provided thousands of people with the chance to get involved and engaged in the arts.

  • Partnership Logo - Serious


    Serious is one of the UK's leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. From festivals and large-scale projects to workshops and free events, their national programme engages a diverse range of participants and audiences with music. Each year they produce over 800 events, work with over 2,600 artists, reach live audiences of over 320,000 in over 300 venues, and have a broadcast reach of over 44 million.

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    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

    Inspired by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres on the South Bank of the River Thames, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre offers a diverse programme of work that harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity and excites learning. Celebrating Shakespeare's transformative impact on the world, the Theatre welcomes visitors from all over the world to take part in workshops, lectures and staged readings; to visit the exhibition and tour the Globe Theatre, and to watch productions, ranging from original practices to world premières of new writing.

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    Somerset House

    Housed in an 18th century neoclassical building on the Strand in central London, Somerset House offers a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture. It is also a home to a large community of creative businesses, artists and makers, including Somerset House Studios. One of the city's most spectacular and well-loved spaces, Somerset House attracts over three million visitors every year.

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    Southbank Centre

    Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme. It is the UK's largest arts centre, founded with the Festival of Britain in 1951. Its festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and encompasses over 5,000 events featuring artists from across the globe.

  • Partnership Logo - Tate


    Tate's mission is to increase the public's enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art. When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today it has four major sites: Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives in Cornwall. It houses the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

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    Theatre Royal Plymouth

    As well as presenting a wide range of shows, Theatre Royal Plymouth is a registered charity, committed to providing creative opportunities for people of all ages. Through its Creative Learning programme, it brings theatre into schools and community venues, develops local talent, and makes it possible to take part in theatre making.

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    Victoria and Albert Museum

    The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in Kensington, London, is the world's leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

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    V&A Museum of Childhood

    The V&A Museum of Childhood is the UK's National Museum of Childhood. Based in Bethnal Green, east London, it is the largest institution of its kind in the world. Its mission is to hold in trust the nation's childhood collections and to be an international leader in engaging audiences in the material culture and experiences of childhood.

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    Whitechapel Gallery

    For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery in east London has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger. The Gallery hosts exhibitions and artist commissions, as well as housing a permanent collection, historic archives, education resources and art courses, and a café, bar and bookshop.

Numerous smaller partnerships also proliferate across the university. We work with Apples & Snakes, the Shanghati Literary Society, the Ministry of Stories, Close-Up Cinema, Chisenhale, Cutting East (the East End Film Festival), the Sheffield Documentary festival, BritDoc, DocHouse, the Horse Hospital Gallery, the Whitstable Biennale, The Albany, Casa Theatre Festival, Complicite, Creative Barking & Dagenham, DaDa Disability & Deaf Arts, Daily Life Ltd, Dash Arts, Duckie, DV8 Physical Theatre, Entelechy Arts, Graeae, Horniman Museum & Gardens, the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Magic Me, Sound & Fury, Split Britches, Streetwise Opera, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Watershed, and a huge range of individual artists and smaller companies in London and beyond.

Whether they are big, established cultural institutions, or innovative, ground-breaking smaller enterprises, organisations such as these deeply enrich our research and teaching. Our partnerships also allow us to contribute to global development goals, and to influence some of the major cultural policy makers in the UK. These partnerships also help student artists to develop by connecting them with artistic networks in London and beyond.

Our Strategy
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The Arts & Culture Strategy

In 2017, Queen Mary Univeristy of London adopted a new arts and culture strategy, based on an extensive consultation with our colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Our vision is to develop Queen Mary University of London as a world-leading centre of excellence in arts and culture within Higher Education Values. Through the arts and culture, we:

  • foster innovation and creativity
  • pursue social justice
  • create and disseminate knowledge
  • listen, collaborate, and co-create
  • encourage inclusion and diversity
  • nurture our students
  • engage with our local, London, UK and international communities.


The Queen Mary University of London Arts and Culture Strategy 2017-2022 has four strategic aims:

  • Aim 1: To develop Queen Mary’s role as an institution committed to diversity, inclusion, and well-being through artistic and cultural research
  • Aim 2: To contribute to the creative economy and enhance student employability
  • Aim 3: To support quality partnerships and build capacity for students and staff to engage in cultural activities
  • Aim 4: To communicate the range and value of Queen Mary’s cultural work 

You can find our full strategy document HERE [www….].

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