The Department of Contemporary Arts has for three decades held a significant reputation in Europe as a vibrant and active community of practitioners and theorists working together with a commitment to new arts practices, community arts, and Practice-as-Research in both subject specialisms and inter-disciplinarity.
The purpose-built facility for Contemporary Arts at Crewe provides dedicated studios for performance including four theatre spaces, two dance spaces and a complex of music spaces and music recording studios. There are also specialist digital facilities including a media suite.
The well-known Alsager Arts Centre also moved to Crewe in the summer of 2009 and became the Axis Arts Centre, housed within the Department. The AAC has been programming for more than 25 years and has a reputation for its work with acclaimed companies and practitioners in Contemporary Drama, Theatre, Dance, Music and Writing, and other innovative arts practices.
The department has 25 members of staff and another 40 associate lecturers and instrumental/vocal tutors. Its strong relationship with the creative industries and cultural organizations allow us to bring in professional expertise on a continual basis and we see ourselves as a department which is continually influencing the contemporary arts in Britain and beyond. We have strong regional and international networks, and our continuing involvement in community arts and community engagement allows our learning communities to reach beyond the university.
Our staff and students are supported by 7 performance / digital media technicians, 2 community engagement officers, 3 Arts Centre staff (Box Office, Centre Director, Community Engagement Intern), a programme support team, administrative staff and a student life office, creating a dynamic, colorful and lively community of young, experienced and established talent that is continually at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of contemporary, performance, writing and live arts.