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Digitalised drawing of a circle made up of different segments.

Image credit: Digitised drawing by Abbas Zahedi, ‘all in one and none all in’, 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

Making Time: Opportunity to collaborate with artists as part of Radar programme

Radar is seeking academics, researchers, PhD students and other University staff who are interested in collaborating with artists on ‘Making Time’, an initiative that responds to the climate emergency, bringing the ideas of artists and art production into conversation with new material possibilities.

Making Time is a year-long artist residency programme that celebrates transdisciplinary collaborations and fosters relationships between artists and academics. The programme will begin in October 2024 and will end in July 2025. 

Now in its second year, the programme offers academics and artist researchers a chance to share and discuss differing approaches to research. For academics, it facilitates meaningful relationships with both artists and partner organisations (art centres attached to Warwick University, Kings College London and Kingston University) that have potential to last beyond the project itself. For artists, the project supports learning around their relationship to readily available materials, and the systems and supply chains that produce these materials.  

The programme is developed in response to an ever-growing awareness of the environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change we all face today. Both artists and academics will have the opportunity to be part of public events discussing their work and research, as well as a resulting publication. 

The pilot iteration of this programme ran from January to December 2023 and was delivered in partnership between London art organisation Artangel and three academic institutions. The first cohort of artists collaborated with scientists, academics, and researchers across the partner network.  

The second iteration of Making Time is devised by Artangel and delivered in partnership with The Science Gallery London at King’s College London, Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University, Mead Gallery at University of Warwick and Radar at Loughborough University. 

Radar is particularly interested in research that focuses on our contemporary awareness of climate, and the impact of a rapidly shifting environment on human and non-human beings. Those working in areas including philosophy, life and social sciences, architecture and design, speculative futures, materials and ecology will find Making Time explores ideas that resonate with their work. 

If you are interested in learning more about the programme, please join the online briefing session, from 1pm-2pm on Monday 10 June via Zoom. If you are unable to attend the briefing, a recorded version will be shared with you. 

Invited artists will make a proposal which connects to the work of one or more researchers across the partner organisations. Selected artists will be introduced to relevant researchers in October 2024. 

Collaboration between artists and academics can take many forms but could involve: 

  • Meeting with artists to discuss mutual areas of interest, research methods and the dissemination of information 
  • Introducing artists to specialist equipment where relevant and appropriate 
  • Shared field trips or site visits 
  • Potential to take part in public events 
  • Potential to contribute to a publication 
  • The possibility of longer-term collaborative research outputs. 

The extent of collaboration can be developed over the project, but it is expected that University partners commit to meeting with artists several times during the project (in person or online).  

To express your interest in this opportunity, please email Dr Lucy Lopez, Curator of Radar at with a short summary of your research by Friday 28 June.