Corkscrew is a network for practice-based/led research students and staff at Birkbeck and beyond, named for the spiralling feedback loop between practice-based investigation and critical/reflective work.

The group meets regularly to share experiences of being a practitioner-researcher in an academic context. Students lead discussions, show examples of their practice (in termly ‘show and tell’ sessions) and engage in group crits which foreground practice. There is also a programme of guest lectures and workshops led by experienced researchers from different arts fields. Students  and staff carrying out practice-research at Birkbeck come from a variety of disciplines, including fine art, curating, film, media, creative writing and performance.

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Workshop on 6 December 2018: The upgrade for practice-research PhD students

image: Gerrie van Noord, examples of my practice (2018) Thursday 6 December 2018, 2-4pm B07, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, Book your place here Step by Step: Practice-research PhD Journeys Workshop 1: The Upgrade for practice-research PhD students What role has practice played in your research so far? What sort of timelines are you working to? Is …


Corkscrew was established in 2013 to cater to the growing community of practice-based research students in Birkbeck’s School of Arts. Since then, we have welcomed speakers from a variety of contexts to reflect on their work with students, and provided opportunities for students to share their work in progress. Corkscrew has grown to also support a growing as a community of academic practice-researchers.

Click on the academic years below to find out more about our past events: