About Cream

The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is comprised of 45 researchers and over 65 PhD students.

We were judged by The Research Excellence Framework 2014 as the UK’s leading research centre working across media, art and design, with a rating of 95% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent.

Our centre is made up of six primary fields of research:

  • art, science and technology
  • experimental media
  • film
  • music
  • photography
  • visual and ceramic arts

Our researchers

Developing on our strong cross-disciplinary emphasis, many researchers work productively across these fields. This includes:

  • documentary filming of artists’ work
  • ceramics as installation practice
  • exploration of the overlaps between photography and the moving image
  • documentary and moving image in Asia
  • intersection of contemporary art, science and technology
  • computing and generative music

We are also an active centre for the pioneering research of our emerging scholars in the CREAM doctorate programme and post-doctoral fellows, and lead the field in practice-based PhD innovation.

Our researchers have exhibited and curated work at a variety of national and international venues:

  • Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • World Ceramic Exposition in Korea
  • Chicago’s Museum of Photography
  • Castello di Rivoli museum of Contemporary Art, Turin
  • Venice Biennale

CREAM artists also exhibit their work at Ambika P3, the University’s new award winning gallery at the Marylebone Campus, and at London Gallery West on the Harrow Campus. Our researchers have published widely with many of the world’s top arts publishing houses as well as contributing regularly to key journals in their fields.


  • Oscar nominations for Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary films The Act of Killling (2013) and The Look of Silence (2015).
  • Mc Arthur Genuis Award won by Joshua Oppenheimer for The Act of Killing.
  • Sharjah Biennal Award 2017 won by Uriel Orlow.

Our projects

We are experienced in managing large AHRC research projects. These include:

Many CREAM members have won funding from the AHRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Arts Council England and other funding bodies to support their research projects. Artists and designers have also won substantial commercial sponsorship for their projects and are involved in a range of knowledge transfer initiatives.



Management Team

The management team for the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM).


Research Projects and Centres

CREAM is home to a range of research centres and projects.