Established in 2002, the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster, is a world-leading centre and pioneer in practice-based, critical, theoretical and historical research in art, creative and interdisciplinary practice. CREAM’s research areas encompass Film and Media; Art and Society; Photography; Fashion and Music. Our researchers work across these areas and developinterdisciplinary projects, platforms and networks with external and international partners.
CREAM researchers are leading artists, filmmakers, photographers, curators, theorists, critics, historians, designers and musicians. We integrate research activities into teaching UG and PG levels and PhD supervision across areas of art, film, media, television, creative practice, photography, technology, music, fashion, visual culture, with an emphasis on fostering interdisciplinary intersections. CREAM staff are largely based in the Westminster School of Arts, and a small number are in the School of Media and Communication, and School of Humanities.
CREAM scored the highest recognition for impactful research according to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021. The results 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. 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 in this subject area.
CREAM’s Doctoral Programme is a pioneer of practice-based PhD research in arts and creative practice, and hosts a thriving international community of doctoral researchers. We are part of the Techne AHRC Doctoral Training partnership, and our Programme is a founding partner of the AVPhD network.
CREAM runs a high-profile programme of exhibitions, screenings, performances, seminars, conferences and talks by esteemed speakers. Our research dissemination events, public engagement and knowledge exchange activities reflect the dynamism, diversity and internationalism our research culture. CREAM researchers regularly organise public events in partnership with national and international universities, research organisations, museums and cultural institutions.
Professor May Adadol Ingawanij and Professor Neal White are Co-Directors of CREAM. Dr Lucy Reynolds is Director of the CREAM Doctoral Programme. Dr Paula Gortazar is WSA/CREAM Knowledge Exchange Lead.