Corkscrew is a network for practice-based/led research students and staff at Birkbeck and beyond, named for the spiralling feedback loop between practice-based investigation and critical/reflective work.

The group meets regularly to share experiences of being a practitioner-researcher in an academic context. Students lead discussions, show examples of their practice (in termly ‘show and tell’ sessions) and engage in group crits which foreground practice. There is also a programme of guest lectures and workshops led by experienced researchers from different arts fields. Students  and staff carrying out practice-research at Birkbeck come from a variety of disciplines, including fine art, curating, film, media, creative writing and performance.

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Contact s.hope@bbk.ac.uk if you would like any more information or would like to be put on the Corkscrew email list.


Show and Tell Workshop – Creative writing and Curating – 25 Jan 2021

Corkscrew and Tate Research: ‘Show and Tell’ workshop for practice-based researchers Monday 25 January 2021, 14:30-16:00 Click here to access the online event. No booking necessary. Join us for a Show and Tell workshop co-hosted with Tate Research.    Melanie Jones and Jessie McLaughlin will discuss the role of creative writing and curating in their practice-based research.  …

Corkscrew Working Towards Completion for practice-research PhD students and End of the Year Event

Thursday 4 July 2019, 2-5pm B07, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, Corkscrew Working Towards Completion The Corkscrew practice research group will be holding a workshop on Working Towards Completion of practice research related PhDs. This is a follow up event to our workshop held earlier this year on Working Towards Upgrade, and should be of interest …

Corkscrew Podcasting Lecture and Training Workshop by Dario Llinares

Thursday 30 May 2019 B03, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck. Corkscrew Podcasting Lecture and Training Workshop by Dario Llinares Public Lecture on Podcasting Praxis: Questions of Research and Knowledge through Aural Mediation 12:00-13:15, Open to All. Book your place here Practical Podcasting Training Workshop 13:15-17:00, This workshop is open to all practice-based/led students, MPhil /PhD students, supervisors …


Corkscrew was established in 2013 to cater to the growing community of practice-based research students in Birkbeck’s School of Arts. Since then, we have welcomed speakers from a variety of contexts to reflect on their work with students, and provided opportunities for students to share their work in progress. Corkscrew has grown to also support a growing as a community of academic practice-researchers.

Click on the academic years below to find out more about our past events: