CSNI works closely with other research centres (e.g. Aarhus University, University of Amsterdam, University of Cadiz, Exeter University, Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Royal College of Art, University of Zurich), and welcomes further collaborations. Our research is characterised by its cooperation with cultural partners (e.g. The Photographers’ Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Gasworks, Ben Uri Gallery, Rhizome, Serpentine Galleries, transmediale, Whitechapel Gallery), and examples include:

The Photographers’ Gallery

CSNI and The Photographers’ Gallery have been in a research partnership since 2013, with the creation of the Media Wall, the founding of the Digital Programme and the appointment of Katrina Sluis as the first Curator of Digital Programmes. Currently the partnership centres on collaborative PhDs on computer vision and climate damage. Collaborative PhD Researchers: Nicolas Malevé and Marloes de Valk.


Rhizome’s institutional position creates unique and ideal conditions to conduct new R&D in digital preservation, using its own collection, and to broadly disseminate the project results. At the international, national and regional level, Rhizome has set standards for other art museums to follow. Collaborative PhD Researcher: Lozana Rossenova.

Whitechapel Gallery

In collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, this research partnership sets out to examine the potential of networks – social and technological – for an expanded curatorial practice. The position complements the launch of our collaborative course MA Curating Art and Public Programmes in September 2021. Collaborative PhD Researcher: TBA. 

Serpentine Galleries

CSNI has partnered with the Serpentine Galleries to undertake research on building new collaborative networks between the arts and technology in the context of the stark differences between the cultures of the art sector and technology sector. Collaborative PhD Researcher: Victoria Ivanova.

Royal College of Art

The partnership between Curating Contemporary Art at the RCA and CSNI builds on substantial collaborative research between Professors Andrew Dewdney and Victoria Walsh including Tate Encounters: Britishness and Visual Cultures (AHRC, 2007-10) and Cultural Value and the Digital (AHRC 2014, CCA, with CSNI and Tate). In addition, they have secured three collaborative doctoral awards: two AHRC CDAs with Tate (Ioanna Zouli; Victoria Young) and one award with Gasworks (Rosie Hermon).


The social agency of residencies in transnational art practices is a collaborative project with the contemporary art organisation Gasworks, in partnership with the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the RCA and CSNI. Collaborative PhD Researcher: Rosie Hermon.