The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is a leading centre for research, scholarship and professional practice in visual and media arts, design and music, and is based in the Westminster School of Arts.

CREAM’s researchers are artists, filmmakers, photographers, ceramicists, theorists, critics, historians, designers and musicians, who participate across a diverse range of research projects and centres. The recognition of our ground-breaking practice-based and theoretical research across the disciplines includes visual arts, ceramics, photography, film, experimental media, music and fashion. 

CREAM is renowned for its cross-disciplinary approach to research culture. It was judged the UK’s leading research centre in art and design in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 95% of CREAM’s research was judged world leading or internationally excellent.

CREAM pioneers the development of practice and scholarship that leads to research through the CREAM doctorate programme, where we have been a recognised leader in the field of practice based PhD innovation for many years. 

CREAM’s research centre runs a high profile programme of exhibitions, seminars and visiting speakers, which reflect the diversity and originality of its research culture. It initiates high profile International conferences and symposia, and has ongoing partnerships with some of the worlds leading research organisations, museums and cultural institutions. 


Art and Society

Explored through performance, installation, and ceramics, and between art and science, the diverse practices of CREAM researchers in this area are drawn together for their emphasis on critical and collective engagements with the question and role of art and society.


Film and Media

Film and media research is a long standing area of excellence at CREAM, and leads the field for interdisciplinary approaches to moving image practices and their discourses. CREAM research ranges from experimental documentary to moving image installations of international renown.



Music research within CREAM is fundamentally multidisciplinary, investigating all corners of the commercial music industries - from songwriting, production and creative practice, to sound technology and innovation in music business.



We understand photography as a broad inter-disciplinary field of study based on the photographic image, set within the distinct but overlapping networks of visual art, culture and media practice. Current focus includes contemporary art, social media, digital imaging, politics and big data networks.


Ambika P3

Ambika P3 is the research space for international contemporary art and architecture, presenting a public programme of exhibitions, education projects, talks and events.


The only peer reviewed academic journal devoted to the study of the moving image as a cultural form.


Issue 27: Summer 2018

Regent Street Cinema

Opened in 1848 and regarded as "the birthplace of British cinema", the cinema featured the first motion picture shown in the United Kingdom.