John Lennon Building

ART LABS Research Centre

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

Director: Professor John Hyatt

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 develops research activities across ART LABS, including 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


internationally excellent for research output at REF2014


internationally excellent for research environment at REF2014


internationally excellent for research impact at REF2014