The Northern Centre for Research into Art and Material Culture:

Bradford School of Art

Process/Philosophy and Praxis

The Faculty of Art and Creative Industries at Bradford College have inaugurated a new centre for Research named The Northern School for Research into Art and Material Culture. This title encompasses many of the themes of the School’s research but also connects the words ‘Northern’ and ‘Material’ to the challenges of the current social and political climate.

With its origins formed within the textile industry, Bradford became a city of innovation and the birthplace of the labour movement. At its heart was textile engineering and dyeing, visual design and enquiry, and those within this flourishing industry gained training and support from Bradford Technical College.

Bradford School of Art was equally influential; during the 1960s and 70s the Art School was involved in progressive cultural activities moving forward the socially progressive measures put in place after the Second World War.

The centre for research in the School of Art intends to ask searching questions about a future progressive social agenda, geopolitics, the environment and our multi-symbolic life in a highly mediated and technicised environment.

The Research Centre allows for pedagogical research, along with social anthropology, art and material cultural analysis, theories and politics of representation, Marxist theory and Psychoanalysis along with attendant practice in a range of specialisms.

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