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