Postgraduate Reading Groups

DRAW Reading Group Event
Camilla Brueton

A growing number of cross-disciplinary postgraduate reading groups are active across the university and are open to all UAL postgraduate students to attend.

Click on the group titles below for more information about the individual groups.

Or visit the Postgraduate Community Blog to read reports from past meets!

Open Reading Groups

  • DRAW Reading Group

    DRAW is a Postgraduate Reading Group focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. It hosts 2 events each term, and is a pan UAL initiative coming out of the Centre for Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts.

  • Passagens Reading Group

    Drawing also on the current debate following the recent UK vote to leave the EU, postgraduate students (both taught and research) at UAL are invited to join the Passagens series of Reading Groups, which offers a broad historical context and the insight by artists and curators whose work evolve around the themes of migration, social sustainability and the environment.

  • The Light PG Reading Group

    The Light PG Reading Group proposes a discussion on the interdisciplinary role of light in contemporary practices. Postgraduate students from diverse disciplines, including arts, media, design, special practices and theory, are invited to join the dialogue with the aim of discussing how both materiality and technologies of light, advance innovative forms of expression and of experience. The Light PG Reading Group welcomes contributions across disciplines, with interest in discussing the artistic, historical, scientific and technological aspects of light in society. The Light PG Reading Group intends to raise awareness of light-based practices in preparation for the International Day of Light, 16th May 2018.

  • The Painting as Model Reading Group

    Yve-Alain Bois’ “Painting as Model” which was Published 1993 is still cited as being an extremely important collection of essays that looks at painting as being a conceptual and material enquiry. Bois believes that one must concentrate on both the formal elements of a work of art and its physical qualities to fully understand its totality. Prior to the Painting as ReModel Conference at Camberwell College of Art in June 2018 there will be an informal reading group looking at each of the 4 sections in the book. If you are interested in joining the group – all we ask is that you come having read the section.

  • LCF Archive and Collections

    London College of Fashion has a range of collections held by the Library and in the College archives. These inspiring collections cover all aspects of fashion. Susanna Cordner, whom manages the Collections and Archives at LCF, has put together an exciting Events Programme this academic year which are open to all postgraduate students (both taught and research) to attend.

  • Pedagogy Reading Group

    Led by UAL's Teaching and Learning Exchange, the Pedagogy Reading Group sessions for 2017/2017 are aimed at UAL staff and postgraduate students with an interest in Pedagogy. These sessions are an opportunity for staff and students to celebrate and critique practice, imagine alternative pedagogies and engage with difficult territories in ways that are mutually enlightening.

  • Reading East Asian Design (READ)

    This reading group provides an opportunity to read essays on some aspects of modern and contemporary design and visual cultures in East Asia and it will discuss critical issues and methodologies specific to the region. This group will be led by Dr Yuko Kikuchi (Reader, TrAIN Research Centre and CCW Graduate School) and Hiroki Yamamoto (PhD candidate, TrAIN).

  • Reading Collections

    This new reading group is based on special collections and archives. The first two sessions will explore two related collections, the African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive, which is held by the Library at Chelsea College of Arts, and the Stuart Hall Library, at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).

  • Craft Readers Group

    Led by PhD students, the Craft Readers Group meet on a monthly basis and facilitates critical reading and argument building through semi-structured conversation on specific themes. The discussions aim to clarify aspects of craft theory, build up a thematic bibliography and provide precious opportunities for networking. They also visit craft related events and exhibitions which focus discussion during the monthly meetings.

  • Test Lab PhD Reading Group

    Test Lab, in collaboration with the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, invites all UAL PhD students to attend and participate in a series of presentations that are held on alternate Wednesdays, 4.30-7pm at Central Saint Martins, Library, Pods. Test Lab offers PhD students at UAL an opportunity to present their work in an informal and discursive setting. Students are welcome to present papers on any aspect of their research: a chapter, a case study, an exhibition, an artwork, a workshop, etc.