30th November Celia Pym – Other People’s Clothes

celia pym worktable

Wednesday 30th November 3-5pm in MB1121 

The Creative Process Research Unit presents

A talk and workshop with Artist Celia Pym

“Traditionally intended to offer an invisible solution Celia Pym uses darning as a form of expression, [here] held up for all to see. Her work is concerned with care: how we support and help others, illustrated through fixing other people’s things.” (Katy Bevan, Selvedge, 2015)

cpru workshop detail

pink and oragne darn

green and orange darnPym makes darned garments, knitted and embroidered textiles and public textile events. She loves a heavy darn and the feel of really worn down wool; the evidence of use in holes and where they occur; working with other people’s problems and the tenderness that can come with repair. She works surfaces closely like a detective and loves the way a darn looks: “wobbly frayed edges against confident solid filled in spots.”

Pym has exhibited across the UK, France, Italy, Norway, Japan and USA. Most recently in Love the Yarn: Festival of Love with Lasmin Salmon (ActionSpace)(2015) Royal Festival Hall,

Southbank Center and What do I need to do to make it ok? (2015) Pump House Gallery, London.  Recent collaborations include 59 Sorties (2016), with Nouveau Musee National de Monaco and Parallel Practices Residency (Crafts Council/Kings Cultural Institute) (2014-2016) with Dr Richard Wingate exploring anatomy and mending in KCL’s Dissecting Room.

Hope's Sweater 1951 (detail) Celia Pym

Hope’s Sweater 1951 (detail) Celia Pym



Celia Pym studied Sculpture at Harvard University and Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London. She is a qualified nurse and teaches part time as a visiting lecturer in textiles at Royal College of Art and University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She lives and works in London.

22nd November Launch of ERC SEXHUM project & Screening of Travel

The Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference (CResCID), at the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences present the Launch of the ERC project SEXHUM: migration, sex work and trafficking

Tuesday 22nd November, 6.30pm Clattern Lecture Theatre MB00013, Penrhyn Road

Gina Joy, Travel film still

Joy Nico, Travel film still

The event will include a presentation by Prof Nicola Mai, SEXHUM’s Principal Investigator, and the UK première screening of his new documentary ethnofiction Travel (63min), which examines the experiences of migration, sex work and trafficking of Nigerian women selling sex in Paris.

Book for SEXHUM launch

More about SEXHUM: migration, sex work and trafficking

16th November Practice as Research Clinic


pianos in circle caroline wilkins

Caroline Wilkins’ Embodiment and Performance project


Roter Su

Roter Su presents his research films for his Floating Home PhD project


Sculptor and sculpture

Shaping your research (Barbara Hepworth at work)

Wednesday 16th November 5pm

5pm JG5009, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road

Practice as Research

This is a session for current PhD students and early career researchers whose research involves an element of artistic practice.  The event is an opportunity to share experiences, perspectives, skills and tips with researchers in parallel disciplines in the departments of Dance, Drama, Music, Film & Media.


Portrait by Harald Fronzeck

Guest speaker Dr. Caroline Wilkins

Independent composer/performer/researcher Dr. Caroline Wilkins comes from a background of new music performance, composition and theatre, and has worked extensively on solo and collaborative productions involving these.

She studied music at the Royal College of Music followed by new music theatre composition in Cologne, later completing a practice-based PhD in sound-theatre at Brunel University. Formerly she taught at Sydney Conservatorium of Music whilst pursuing parallel studies in theatre skills.

Caroline Wilkins

Current activities include conference presentations and academic publications alongside her work as a practitioner. A particular interest lies in the creation of new forms of presentation, whether in the fields of inter-medial sound theatre, sound poetry or performance art.





Film making lecturer Roter Su will be talking about his recently completed PhD in film making entitled Floating Home: A Journey of Taiwanese Identity for which he made a series of 7 short films and a feature documentary.



Booking recommended: Book tickets here

For further information please contact:

Alex Mermikides or Maria Mencia


9th November – Careful


Careful Performers Archana Ballal, Philippa Hambly and Helena Rice.

Performers Archana Ballal (in green dress), Philippa Hambly (in navy scrubs) and Helena Rice (light blue dress)
Photograph by Anna Tanczos

Wednesday 9th November 7.45pm

Rose Theatre Studio, Kingston

Careful is a work-in-progress dance/theatre performance that puts its audience in the care of five over-stretched nurses. The piece explores the meaning – and limits – of empathy, within and beyond the clinical setting, asking what it means to care for others in an era of individualism.

A post-show discussion will give an insight into the creative process, which involved collaboration with experts in the field of nursing.

Careful is supported by public funds through the Arts Council of England.

Devised on a concept by Alex Mermikides (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Kingston University).

Book tickets here

Presented by CPRU

Careful oxygen mask

Performer Thalia-Marie Papadopoulos
Photograph by Anna Tanczos






Descent to the Human


Thursday 20th October, Close-Up Film Centre, E1 6HR

A screening of short films by Fiona Curran, Charlie Murphy & Kay Walsh which explore the animal and the human through the fragmentary prism of nature and decay.Navigating water, wood, landscape and the sediment of life, these films journey in search of the dark and secret places of refuge.

7.00             Drinks Reception 
7.30             Introduction by Mark Segal
, Director of The Artists Agency

7.45 & 8.45 Screenings (the programme takes place in two parts)

Fiona Curran is a sonic artist who works with film, sound, poetry and text. Her work encompasses the mash-up, the sonic glare and wall of sound installations.
Charlie Murphy works with photography, performance, sculpture and video to create dramatic installations, public events and exhibitions.
Kay Walsh uses video, photography and sound to take us on slow
journeys in the landscape and hidden spaces within them.
We look forward to welcoming you to view this new work at :
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR

Film maker in the Family


Discussion at the BFI event

Discussion at the Film maker in the Family event at the BFI Southbank

film maker in the family

A curated screening of work by staff, doctoral and postgraduate students from the MA film making in the School of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston examining the intersection of film making and family life.

BFI Southbank Studio, Saturday 24th September 1-5pm


This event is sold out


This event is presented by the CPRU