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 contemporary visual arts, ceramics, photography, film, experimental media, music and fashion.

CREAM is a leading research centre, across history, theory and practice of art and design, according to the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (3rd of 84 as ranked in Times Higher Educational Supplement). 95% of our research outputs and research impact was judged world leading and 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.

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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.


Research Centres & Activities

Research Centres & Activities