Creative Future’s Annual Exhibition

Each year, Creative Futures explores collaborative and creative research practices through an exhibition of work. These events allow us to showcase significant and diverse work, as well as disseminate our research findings to a wide audience. Exhibitions also act as a platform for collaborative projects with external partners.


2019 Creative Futures Gallery Show
Show and Tell: The Image in Research, 29 April – 10 May
Edward Street Gallery

This fascinating exhibition from Creative Futures took place over two weeks at the Edward Street Gallery, and was screened at Moulsecoomb, Falmer and Eastbourne campuses.

With contributions from across the university, this event gave an insight into how images are used – as points of enquiry and also as ways to articulate and disseminate information. The exhibition was open to the public, free, and formed part of the Brighton Fringe.

Watch Professor Francis Hodgson, curator of the exhibition, explain how images and imagination play a key role in the research process. ​

Read Professor Hodgson’s blog post, exploring the challenges and successes of visual representations, the emerging and revelatory ways we picture data and the formulation of the new visualisations of the future.

Take a sneak peek into the exhibition with Professor Francis Hodgson as he talks about a small selection of the works on display.

View the Show and Tell: The Image in Research exhibition booklet to find out more about all of the featured images.

Creative Futures exhibition booklet


2018 Creative Futures Gallery Show
Marks Make Meaning: Drawing Across Disciplines, 13-27 March
Grand Parade Gallery

For 2018 our gallery exhibition was about the use of drawing in research processes. In the film below curators Duncan Bullen (Deputy Head, Research & Enterprise for the School of Art) and Philippa Lyon (Research Leader, Drawing REG) discuss the exhibition and give an overview of some of the that featured work.

The show featured work by Rachel Whiteread and Sir Antony Gormley, two international artists who started their careers at Brighton, and included workshops and talks from Isabel Seligman, Bridget Riley Foundation Curator at the Department of Prints and Drawings, the British Museum, Dr Deborah Harty, a leading drawing researcher based at Loughborough University, Professor Emeritus John Vernon Lord, illustrator and alumnus of the university, Emma Stibbon, RA and Environmental Artist and Tom Hammick, Printmaker and Painter.

The exhibition attracted in the region of 1200 visitors and the workshop programme was well-attended, exploring topics ranging from the structure and meaning of diagrams, artistic anatomy, through to drawing and typography and drawing perspective. Underpinning the show were three key strands: space and place; health and wellbeing; and education and learning and these topics will be developed further with funding bids underway.

“Drawing practices, from explanatory sketches and diagrams through to maps, prints, plans and much more, are fundamental to many disciplines and professions. They are deeply embedded across the arts, architecture and many other design subjects and are also part of learning in subjects as wide-ranging as engineering and medicine. In the context of an international growth in drawing research, Brighton’s particular focus is on the understanding and applications of drawing.” Duncan Bullen.

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