RCA: Research Biennale 2021

The Research Biennale 2021 (22 February – 1 March 2021) is a showcase of student research at the RCA. This brings together for the first time PhD, MPhil and MRes students from across the College, highlighting the urgency, vitality and ambition of research across art, design and architecture.

The Biennale platform takes the work beyond its final outcomes, to consider the processes, methods and contexts for this array of research. What you will encounter will include finished works/outputs, text pieces, written texts, workshops and provisional thinking. This is one of the largest concentrations of art and design research students within a university setting.

You can navigate the platform using the keyword picker, by name and by discipline, allowing different routes through this rich and powerful work.

Across the week there are a number of opportunities to meet with the students and research graduates from the RCA as well as other events and activities; please visit the Events page for details. Come and join us for these and find out more.

The RCA hosts an extraordinary community of nearly 300 research students, undertaking research projects across the expanded fields of Art, Design, Architecture, Humanities and the Applied Arts. They are supported by a team of at least 240 academic staff, an amazingly ambitious technical team, a team of scholarly publication support in the library and an IT team keeping us all connected and working both in on- and offline modes and many more.

The students featured here are a special cohort of researchers, having navigated their way through the current global pandemic; we are proud to present them to you here and hope that you enjoy exploring their work as much as we do working with them to realise their research ambitions.

The world of art and design research is full of potential for changing the world and more.

Athenaeum: The Library Re-imagined

Join us for the launch of Athenaeum: The Library Re-imagined, a collaborative publication created by the RCA MRes Communication Design Pathway.

Working in dialogue with RCA library staff, the group set out to rethink the idea of the library during the pandemic era – as a site not only for encountering and categorising certain kinds of knowledge, but also a space (virtual or not) for dialogue and community.