About us

The Fine Art Research Unit (FARU) is based within the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University.

The contributions we receive from our affiliated staff and research students cover a range of practices, including: traditional text-based publications, exhibitions, curating, and also performance based work.

We hold a series of talks and seminars on a fortnightly basis, in a programme that also invites guest specialist speakers as well as providing a platform for the group to exchange ideas. Our ethos is one of investigation and the sharing of research in a discursive and open way.

As a unit, we maintain a broad remit within current fine art practice, with clusters of specialization and collaboration formed from shifting concerns of both staff and student research interests. These have included a focus on contemporary painting, moving image and sound, installation and the installed object, and the politics of looking and making. Recent issues within the unit have also included a discussion of the body, technology and performance.

Our past activities have included:

  • various solo, group exhibitions and screenings by members of the unit
  • collaborative events, which have included video/sound projects in London and in Padua, Italy
  • book and article publications and collaborations
  • symposia, including venues such as the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Britian

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, our Art and Design research was awarded world-leading status.