The Department of Art holds wide-ranging collections, and its activities focus on display, conservation, and to some extent on acquisition. These preoccupations are reflected in research activity, which centres on Welsh artists and makers from the sixteenth century to the present; the Welsh ceramics industry; the appreciation and collection of art in Wales; representations of Wales and its people; French art and the modern movement; eighteenth-century European porcelain; best practice in the presentation and display of art.

The following areas are currently being addressed: