Welcome

Contemporary art is an area of study that is as diverse and exciting as it is contested and complex. While there are now multiple definitions of ‘the contemporary’ and when it might be said to ‘begin’ with regards to art practice, there still remains much work to be done to address the radically interdisciplinary nature of contemporary visual production; its relationship with key dynamics such as globalisation, precarity, decolonisation, ecology and technology, as well as the constructs of gender, sexuality, race and class; and its communication through theory, curatorial strategies, institutional programming and art writing.

We believe that exploring these issues in contemporary art demands a transdisciplinary framework, which can draw on scholarship in economics, management, sociology, film studies, international relations, languages and literature, history, geography, gender studies, and the sciences. The St Andrews Centre for Contemporary art welcomes researchers and staff from across the university and beyond to discuss contemporary practice and theory together.

Contemporary Art in Scotland meeting at Hospitalfield, August 2017

Next event…

Memes and Art History: Challenges for Research and Teaching

Friday 6 December 2019, 2-4.30pm, Room F2 – John B Henderson Lecture Room, Castlecliffe, University of St Andrews

Coordinators: José Ramón Marcaida (University of St Andrews) and Luis Vives-Ferrándiz (University of Valencia/Durham University)

For sign up please contact José Ramón Marcaida, University of St Andrews (jrm32@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Header Image: Bee Hughes, Dys-men-o-rrho-ea (2019): performance documentation, digital photographs with thanks to Milos Simpraga. Hughes will be the first St Andrews Centre for Contemporary Art Artist in Residence in spring 2020.