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Slade Methods Room



Slade Methods Room

Welcome to The Methods Room website, an on-line resource produced by Slade Graduate Painting that documents and presents research activity of two research projects within Graduate Painting: The Materials Research Project, since 2010, and the Discourse Project, since 2014.

The Materials Research Project  is under the direction of Lecturers Jo Volley and Gary Woodley and the Discourse Project is under the direction of Lecturer Estelle Thompson. Jo, Gary and Estelle are developing the projects in relation to deep abiding research interests within their own artistic practices. The content also stems from the pedagogic approaches and values that define Slade Graduate Painting today. Jo, Gary and Estelle are responsible for annually appointing and leading Honorary Research Associates, who are given the opportunity to explore relevant aspects of their research within each Project and contribute to the research culture in Graduate Painting and the Slade.

Notable outcomes and funding of the Materials Research Project include:

2012 – UCL Provost’s Small Research Grant, ‘Turning Landscape into Colour’
2013 – UCL Teaching Equipment Grant for innovative Mobile Workstations
2014 – Slade Seed Funding, ‘Pigment Timeline’
2014 – UCL CHIRP, ‘The Pigment Timeline Project’

2014 – Winsor & Newton recipient of the UCL Small and Medium Enterprise Partner Award. This prestigious award recognises the outstanding contribution of a company to the advancement of UCL research and entrepreneurship, and was received in conjunction with The Materials Research Project.

As a visitor to the Methods Room website, you will find professional profiles on our Honorary Research Associates, past and present, and information on their contributions to our research projects within the Graduate Painting programme; our research collaborations with other institutions; the Material Museum; the Mobile Workstations; the Pigment Library; public events related to our projects;  a compendium of materials recipes and a range of essays and texts on a variety of topics within each research project category.

The Methods Room website is a virtual digital counterpart to the permanent physical site of the Methods Room located in Studio 2 in Graduate Painting, which houses both the Material Research Project and the Discourse Project. The Methods Room is open to all Slade staff and students across the School.

We hope you will enjoy and benefit from the Methods Room website.

Lisa Milroy
Head of Graduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL


Methods Room with Mobile Workstations


Methods Room


Discourse Project Research Workshop, Methods Room