OU research in Art and Design seeks to understand the past, inform current practice in art and design and inspire future creativity.
OU research places a high priority on collaborations with cultural institutions, exemplified in the strategic development of the gallery partnerships that form the core of the Open Arts Archive. The Archive provides open access to events and research projects co-organised and/or produced with 20 galleries and museums across the UK, and is accessed by a global audience in 105 countries.
Public debate around the importance of feminine portraiture in the development of 18th century theatrical culture was stimulated by OU Professor of Art History Gill Perry through an extensive public engagement programme, including a major curated exhibition with the National Portrait Gallery.
The OU’s Design research highlights general principles across domains of design practice. This ‘across design’ signature influences designers, companies, policy makers and communities. OU research across Art History and Design is at the cutting edge of digital scholarship and includes cross-disciplinary collaborations between researchers, designers, curators, users and publics.