UoH and Wimbledon Arts College, UK collaborate under UKIERI

University of Hyderabad (UoH) and Wimbledon Arts College, UK are jointly working on a research project to make a study on Indian and British contemporary praxis. Wimbledon College of Art recently announced the success of their bid to develop a Thematic Partnership with the UoH through the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI). UKIERI started in April 2006 and aims to enhance educational links between India and the UK and has played a key role in changing the educational relations between the two countries.



Romeo, Juliet and Security Guard – Play directed by Jane Collins

The research proposal entitled “Scenography in a digital age: a comparative study of the impact of new media on contemporary Indian and British performance practice”, was selected out of 200 initial bids to form the Thematic Partnership.

The objectives of this research project are:
Identify a range of multi-media performance currently being produced in India and UK.
Examine the effects and potential of this new media on the visual and spatial constructs working within and between the Indian and British cultures.
Assess the function of ‘live’ performance in a social arena increasingly dominated by electronic and digital media.
Disseminate our findings through publications including web-based.

Build capacity by developing practice- based PhD’s in performance and visual culture.
The team from UoH which is associated with this are :
Prof B. Ananthakrishnan, Dean , S.N.School of Arts & Communication; Rajeev Velicheti, Associate Prof, Dept of Theatre Arts; Keertana Tangavelu, Associate Prof, Department of Fine Arts; Murali Basa, UGC-JRF Research Scholar, Department of Theatre Arts and Shiva Prasad Tumu, UGC-JRF Research Scholar, Department of  Theatre Arts.
The project is starting from 9th September 2013. The Team has left for Wimbledon on 8th September.
Jane Collins, Professor of Theatre and Performance at Wimbledon College of Art led the bid which aims to enhance understanding of the impact of new media on contemporary performance culture in India and the UK. Wimbledon College of Art became a part of the University of the Arts London in 2006 and is at the forefront of the research and development of Theatre Design and Fine Art practice.  Reflecting the current inter-disciplinarity of contemporary work this bid brings together Fine Art and Theatre.
The Dean of the College, Simon Betts says, “ This is very exciting news for Wimbledon College of Art.  As a part of the new WCA academic vision, and the aim to develop international research and the planned digital environment, this joint Theatre and Fine Art project with The University of Hyderabad, will generate considerable opportunities for staff and students of Wimbledon, that I hope will stimulate new thinking in practice, and teaching and learning.”
The research partnership is expected to last 2 years and will provide strong links between the University of the Arts London and the UoH.