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:
Actors Touring Company
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Trust
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.