CARU | Contemporary Arts ReSearch Unit is an interdisciplinary research platform, led by arts researchers and practitioners from an array of disciplines and international backgrounds. Currently based in Oxford and working closely with local and national organizations, CARU promotes an ethos of collaborative practice by organizing and participating in diverse cultural activities, from traditional academic seminars to practice-based feedback sessions, multidisciplinary workshops and symposia, as well as exhibitions of artworks and performances. We aim to provide an open and active forum for exchange of ideas and information, assisting artists and researchers in taking their work outside of studios and institutions to share their work and engage directly with the public.
CARU works closely with various research units and arts organizations, such as Playground (http://totheplayground.wordpress.com), Meeting Points (www.oldfirestation.org.uk/event/meeting-points-3), Confluence Collective (www.facebook.com/pages/Confluence-Collective-Oxford/801092556579292), DEC (http://decprojectoxford.wordpress.com), MUE (http://mueoxford.wordpress.com), Oxford Improvisers (http://oxfordimprovisers.com), the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University – http://arts.brookes.ac.uk), particularly SARU (the Sonic Art Research Unit – www.sonicartresearch.co.uk) and SSRU (the Social Sculpture Research Unit – www.social-sculpture.org), FaB (Fringe Arts Bath – http://www.fringeartsbath.co.uk), Vibrations – Online Art Journal for Creative Writing (http://vibrationsartjournal.com) amongst many others. Founded in September 2013, CARU is currently funded by Oxford City Culture Fund, OBSEA (Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurship Award), Oxford Brookes Community Fund, Santander Student Project Grant, and the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University, as well as the generous donations and support in kind from the associate artists, researchers and the public.