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M4C Dialogue Day: Practice Research – Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Cultural Institutions and HEIs

Prof. Carolina Rito (CAMC) and Prof. Anthony Downey (BCU) are organising a research event with practitioners and researchers in the field of practice research to explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing new methodologies in research-led practices and in collaborations with the cultural sector. The event will foster a conversation between arts professionals—artists, curators, and directors of cultural organisations—and PhD students, early career researchers, and postgraduates to collectively consider how academic research can evolve from “research about” to “research with” cultural organisations and via critical methodologies. This event is in collaboration with the AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP. 

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Bill Balaskas (Director of Research, Business & Innovation, Kingston School of Art)
  • Michael Birchall (Curator of Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Anthony Downey (Professor of Visual Culture, Birmingham City University)
  • Mel Jordan (Professor of Art in the Public Sphere, Coventry University) 
  • Emily Pringle (Head of Research at Tate) 
  • Carolina Rito (Professor of Creative Practice Research, Coventry University) 
  • Michael Schwab (Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Artistic Research)
  • Gavin Wade (Artist-Curator of Eastside Projects)

Some of the questions that we would like to address include:  

  1. What is meant by practice research and how does it contribute to the development of knowledge systems within and beyond academe? 
  2. If the visual arts are increasingly defined as a means to both question and produce knowledge, then what value do cultural institutions and HEIs assign to the performative, exploratory and speculative production of knowledge in the arts? 
  3. How do curatorial programming and methods contribute to collaborative research practices? 
  4. To what extent does practice research, in curatorial and educational contexts, offer variations on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies commonly in use within research-led practices? 

This ONLINE event is organised by Prof. Carolina Rito (Professor of Creative Practice Research, Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University) and Prof. Anthony Downey (Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Birmingham City University) thanks to the support of the AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Programme. 

For more details and questions, please email Carolina Rito at ad3992@coventry.ac.uk.


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10th June 2020 (10:00 - 16:30)

Online (Zoom)