Art and Design Research Collaboration

Find out more about our collaborations.

Art and design researchers at Ulster University have a strong tradition of collaboration and engagement on a regional, national and international basis.

Research Institute collaborations

Free Radicals 'Free Radicals'is a growing group of academics testing an interdisciplinary approach to innovation in the universities sector. It focuses on developing innovations for social impact, with the aim of embedding social responsibility into the activities of higher education The University of Sheffield, Ulster University, the University of the Arts London, and the Helen Storey Foundation established Free Radicals with NESTA support.

The Centre for Applied Art Collaborations

A Wellcome-Trust funded collaboration between Ulster University and Durham University using textiles, body painting and projection to explore different aesthetic, scientific and symbolic meanings of the body. The products of 'Flex and Ply' are being used as teaching aids for anatomy students, and to challenge existing scientific 'truths'.

Craft Northern Ireland

Craft Northern Ireland, is the sector-lead body for the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in Northern Ireland. Researchers have collaborated with Craft NI on a number of events and projects including Craft Month Events each year in August, curation of exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute and at OBG Belfast in 2007. The University has also been host to Making It making it a 2-year business incubation programme for new craft businesses. making It began in January 06 and now has supported 22 designer-makers in 14 host organisations across Northern Ireland including Ulster University, FE colleges.

CREATE Colour Research Pr European Advanced Technology Enhancement

The Centre for Design Research Collaborations

Wonderland Wonderland was an Art/Science project undertaken by the Fabric Forward Strand ofat Interface, Ulster University in collaboration with Helen Storey Foundation and University of Sheffield. A core aim of the Wonderland project, which began by examining possible solutions for packaging and sustainability issues, is that the work should instigate public response and suggest educational projects for schools and higher education.

The Centre for Fine Art Research

The Nerve Centre

RIAD has engaged in collaborative Doctoral Research with Nerve Centre in Derry for Digital Literacies and the Construction of Identities in NI and has attracted an AHRC Collaborative Research Training


European Living Cultures