About Us

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Arts Lab supports researcher development, research projects, interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership working across the College of Arts & Humanities and beyond.

Researcher development and peer support

Arts Lab is a space open to researchers at all career stages, and its development activity is based on the sharing of expertise among UofG colleagues.  It offers help to researchers through:


Arts Lab aims to identify and encourage areas of shared engagement on which future research strength might be built. It supports  and funds a series of interdisciplinary research groups. Emerging collaborations are known as 'Themes' and more established groups as 'Labs'.  Since 2020, we have been running a project, led by Dr John Davies, dedicated to cross-College collaboration, and this has generated a number of research teams involving colleagues from Arts alongside those from Science and Engineering; Medical. Veterinary and Life Sciences; and Social Sciences.

Cultural and external engagement

Arts Lab promotes productive research links with other Colleges and with the University’s outstanding museum, art and research collections at the University Library, the Hunterian and Kelvin Hall. Arts Lab is a key participant in the University's Smithsonian Institution Strategic Partnership and in the Memorandum of Understanding with the National Library of Scotland. Arts Lab also engages with the cultural sector and civic activity in Glasgow.

Leadership and history

Arts Lab was founded in October 2009 and launched officially in February 2010, under its first Director, Professor John Caughie. For details of the current directors, see the 'Contact Us' page.

Arts Lab is a member of the Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Studies (CIAS), UK.