John Lennon Building


Research Centre for Liverpool School of Art and Design

A world-leading centre for artistic, technological and transdisciplinary research

Operating from the heart of Liverpool School of Art and Design’s John Lennon Building in the city that Carl Jung dreamt to be ‘the pool of life’, ART LABS hosts inquisitive and creative researchers from around the world: all teaching, all learning, all working together for a better future.

What is ART LABS?

As Liverpool’s international flagship for cultural and creative research, ART LABS is a supported and linked collective network of artistic research and technologies laboratories, each with a team led by inspiring researchers.

Each specialist Lab pursues its specific research and ART LABS, directed by Professor John Hyatt, also develops transdisciplinary projects collected under the banner of the ART LABS Heterosis Projects and a series of more contingent Pop-up Labs.

We partner with Liverpool’s art organisations, businesses and communities and collaborate with exemplary international institutions. To get an idea of the type of work we're involved in, take a look at some of our current projects.


  • Develops useful knowledge through research and innovative creative practices
  • Stretches technologies
  • Imagines and realises visions
  • Connects and defines the future of disciplines
  • Grows sustainable, emergent and regenerative social forms
  • Plays a proactive role in the enhancement of wealth and wellbeing
  • Welcomes civic and research collaborations
  • Reflects, reviews and evolves

Liverpool LASER

Hosted by Art Labs, Liverpool LASER is part of the worldwide series of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) Talks sponsored by Leonardo, the International Society for Art, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). LASER talks are an international programme of free evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations on art, science and technology.

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internationally excellent for research output at REF2014


internationally excellent for research environment at REF2014


internationally excellent for research impact at REF2014