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The ArtLess Group

The Artless Group is a new research platform and network hosted by the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London. All PhDs in the School are eligible to join.

The aim is to use The ArtLess Group as a way of developing projects, working on them collaboratively, and sourcing funds and shared connections where possible. It can also work as a network for information. It is possible to join without taking a project forward – it might be that things emerge for you through the exchange. The Group will also look outward to work with community and public partnerships as well as local Birkbeck initiatives.

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That common resource might include funding information and exchange, kickstarter campaigns and small pots of funds won from different sources, but it equally involves a communal pooling of expertise and connection, buildings, spaces and contacts, projects that feel like they have a wider necessity about them as well as those that relate more specifically to our research and its communication. ArtLess would be a place to go with an idea or project, and will provide a shared identity for its members that might be used as a kind of imprimatur. How far can we take it? How can we continue to realize work, take risks with ideas, when funds are difficult to source?

See details of The Arts of Experiment, our AHRC funded inaugural ArtLess project here.

If you are interested in joining ArtLess, write an email to Dr Luisa Calè ( briefly outlining what you’d ideally use your membership to do, and get signed up.