Arts Research:  The State of Play

Major international conference will examine practice-based research across the arts


Dublin, 01 May 2008:  A major international conference will take place in Dublin?s Project Arts Centre next week to examine practice-based doctoral research across the performing arts, visual arts, design, architecture and media.  Organised by newly-established Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM) and the HETAC Working Group on Practice Based Research, the conference will profile high-level case-studies to help frame key issues and questions in both policy and practice.

Much of the current discussion of research and arts practices tends toward a debate about essence and epistemology.  But what are people actually doing?  Where is the excitement and engagement of artists, musicians, designers, architects, performers, and curators being actualized and demonstrated?  What is the state of play among arts researchers?   The organisers of this conference say that it ?aims to foster a framework of understanding in cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary practice in the Creative Arts and Media.?

Speakers and participants will include many high profile practitioners, active in design practices, education and performance, across the spectrum of creative arts and cognate disciplines.  The programme includes speakers from Denmark, Belgium and Scotland as well as Ireland, and the conference will seek to address a broad range of issues relevant to current researchers, doctoral supervisors, academic and institutional leaders, research funders and policy-makers.  Keynote speakers will include Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Chair of Music at the University of Limerick, and Professor Chris Rust, Head of Art and Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University.   For full details of the Conference Programme and speakers see the GradCAM website at

The conference also provides the opportunity for the international launch of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media.  This is a unique initiative by NCAD, DIT, IADT and UU to establish an all-island interdisciplinary doctoral programme across a range of practices including visual and performing arts, design and mechanisms for a creative education. The conference will also launch the interim report of the HETAC working group on practice-based research.

For more information:

For Further Information contact Aidan McElwaine, School Administrator, Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, John St West, Dublin 8

Tel: 087 6276264, email: 

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