The Artists’ Research Centre is an interdisciplinary  curatorial framework enabling collaboration between artist, university and gallery.  Founded and directed by curator Ben Roberts, The Artist’s Research Centre is based in London and operates across the UK.

The purpose of the ARC is to:

  • Support and enable artists’ research and practice
  • Broker substantial collaborations between artists and university researchers and other partners
  • Develop public programmes rooted in creative research practice, engaging with the gallery space as an active site for experimentation, production and public engagement
  • Engender a greater public engagement with creative research and contemporary artistic practice outside the exhibition format.

The ARC runs a program of research fellowships, working in collaboration with universities, galleries and other partners. Fellowships are awarded via invitation and run for a period of between 4 – 6 months. Each Fellowship comprises a period of supported research for the selected artist and a related public program of events investigating and supporting their chosen area of research.

Ben Roberts is a curator and producer with 15 years experience working the visual arts and a specialism in interdisciplinary practices.  Previous to establishing the Artist’s Research Centre, he was Curator of Education and Public Programmes at Modern Art Oxford where he was responsible for an integrated programme of events, participation and exhibitions, including Work in Process (2014), Performance in Public (2015), and the year long Kaleidoscope Live performance commissions (2016). Prior to that role, he was Curator of Public Programmes at Camden Arts Centre, responsible for developing the live art and residency programmes and was founder of the North London Cultural Consortium in collaboration with UCL, Central St Martins, Wellcome, UCLH Arts, The Place and Cubitt Gallery (2012-14). In 2016 he was appointed Associate Curator at the University of the Arts London.

In 2013 he produced The Artists’ Museum, a series radio podcasts with Cast Iron Radio, working with artists including Anthony Gormley, Laura Ford and Simon Perriton. His independent projects include Brown Mountain College of the Performing Arts (2008-2010) a peripatetic organisation producing interdisciplinary performance including The Brown Mountain Festival (2008) and The World Turned Upside Down: Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd (Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, 2013) curated with Simon Faithfull.

Ben has taught at the Royal Academy of Art Schools, London Metropolitan University, Cass School of Art, University of West of England, Ruskin School of Art Oxford. He was a judge for the Red Mansion Art Prize (2012),  a selector for the Hamlyn Awards (2015) and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore Residency Programme (2016). He was a Vision Forum Research Member at Linkopings Universitet, Sweden (2014-16).


Artists’ Research Fellowships are via invitation.

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Artists’ Research Centre is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 10555343.