CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), University of Westminster, is a world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical and historical research in the broad areas of art, creative and interdisciplinary practice. 

CREAM runs a dynamic programme of exhibitions, screenings  and talks throughout the year. CREAM researchers take part in wide ranging academic and public engagement activities, reflecting the diversity and international scope of our research culture. For upcoming programmes visit events.

Doctoral Programme

The CREAM doctoral programme hosts a thriving international community of researchers exploring issues in art and design, film, photography, moving image, ceramics, cultural studies, art and technology/science, and music.


CREAM scored the highest recognition for impactful research according to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021. The results, published on May 12, confirmed its place as a world-leading centre in art and design with an outstanding research environment. 

The REF2021 panel for the unit of submission Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory judged 100% of CREAM’s impact case studies to be world-leading (4*). 86.7% of its research outputs were judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent, with a majority in the highest category: 51.8% of CREAM’s submitted outputs were classified as world-leading (4*), and 34.9% internationally excellent (3*). CREAM’s research environment was classified as 90% world-leading (4*). Overall, 70% of CREAM’s research scored 4*. The Times Higher Education GPA ranking has placed CREAM in the top five.

May Adadol Ingawanij and Neal White, CREAM Co-Directors said:

“We are delighted by this stunning result and are grateful to the very large number of CREAM researchers that have made this possible. Special congratulations to the Black Music Research Unit directed by Mykaell Riley, the Ceramics Research Centre directed by Clare Twomey, and Joshua Oppenheimer for leading projects with phenomenal social and cultural impact. 

In the year that CREAM celebrates its 20th anniversary, the REF2021 result is an unequivocal recognition of the strength, impact and diversity of our research culture. We have strong, proud roots as a Centre for practice and interdisciplinary arts research with a global contemporary focus. In our third decade we resolve to play a leading role in nurturing the next generations of researchers engaging with key global issues through artistic and creative research.”  


Lucy Soutter (University of Westminster) and Duncan Wooldridge (Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London) are the recipients of an AHRC Networking Grant for the project Global Photographies. The project commenced on 1 April 2022, and runs until 30 September 2023.  

The Global Photographies Network (www.globalphotographies.org) is a network of higher education institutions and professional organizations working in the field of contemporary photography. The existing network connects partners in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, the UK, Sweden, Hungary, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan, co-creating a programme of talks, seminars and workshops to build an awareness of global practices, reveal interconnected concerns and establish forms of collaboration across online and in-person projects.  

This AHRC Networking Grant uniquely utilizes online platforms in the wake of the global pandemic to develop the network’s collaborative projects, and is centered around an exploded symposium involving online discussion, digital resources and published contributions. Themes to be explored in the project include decolonial photographic practices, the role of photography in relation to environmental concerns, the possibilities for photobooks in their different local and global contexts, and the formation of photographic networks, institutions and communities across national boundaries. 

For further information contact: l.soutter@westminster.ac.uk or d.wooldridge@camberwell.arts.ac.uk  


Ambika P3, 19 – 20 MAY 2022

Ecological Futurisms returns with more talks, screenings and performances over two days to mark the new MIRAJ Ecologies issue and to celebrate the recent publication of CREAM PhD alumni Guilherme Carréra’s monograph, Brazilian Cinema and the Aesthetics of Ruins.

MIRAJ Ecologies Issue Launch; talks, screenings and performance

Thursday 19 May 2022 at Ambika P3, 18:00 GMT 

Please join us for MIRAJ journal’s launch of its new issue. The Ecologies Double Issue imagines and examines how practices in artists’ film and video can be transformed by a dedicated attention to notions of the ecological in its many expanded forms. 

This event is held together with the launch of Catherine Elwes’s new book Landscape and the Moving Image. Elwes takes a journey through the twin histories of landscape art and experimental moving image and discovers how they coalesce in the work of artists from the 1970s to the present day.  

TJ Demos will be in virtual conversation with Matthias Kispert, followed by in person conversations between Catherine Elwes and Colin Perry; Becca Voelcker, Tom Cuthbertson and Lucy Reynolds

The evening ends with a rare screening of Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan Cycle Episode 7, introduced by the artist in conversation with Michael Mazière. Rebecca Birch will present a short performance based on her ongoing work with anti-fracking protestors at Preston New Road, followed by a Q&A with Maria Walsh.

Find tickets and more information here

Geographies of Ruins in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema; screening and conversation

Friday 20 May 2022 at Ambika P3, 15:00 GMT 

Please join us to celebrate the recent publication of CREAM PhD alumni Guilherme Carréra’s monograph, Brazilian Cinema and the Aesthetics of Ruins

Brazilian cinema in recent years has seen the rise of unconventional documentaries articulating critiques of notions of progress and (under)development in the country through portrayals of its contemporary geographies and spaces. This event will unpack ideas around urban and ecological ruins presented in recent films, which offer radical depictions of the afterlives of neo-colonisation and neo-liberalisation.  

There will be a rare screening of Hu Enigma (Pedro Urano and Joana Traub Csekö, 2011), a cinematic portrait of the University Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, part public hospital and part ruin, serving as a metaphor for utopia and dystopia. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Carréra and Mariana Cunha, Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Westminster. 

Find tickets and more information here.