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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What career? Doing practice-research beyond the PhD

Thursday 24 June | 14:00 – 17:00 | Online About this event Who is this for? Arts and humanities practice-based/led research PhD students and recent graduates who want to explore their career ambitions in academia and/or beyond. Booking here. Getting a job in academia is not always the motivating factor for doing a practice-based PhD. If higher …

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 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: