Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts

Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts

Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts

Practice-Led Research, Research-Led Practice in the Creative Arts

Synopsis

This book considers one of the most exciting and innovative developments within higher education: the rise of the creative arts and the growing recognition that creative practice is a valid field of research. The volume shows that creative practice can lead to research insights through what is known as practice-led research, yet unlike other books on practice-led research, the text includes a discussion on the positive impact of research-led practice. Essays cover a wide range of disciplines, including creative writing, dance, music, theater, film, and new media, and contributors are from the U.K., the U.S., Canada, and Australia. They approach the subject from numerous angles, discussing methodologies of practice-led research and research-led practice, their own creative work as a form of research, research training for creative practitioners, and the politics and history of practice-led research and research-led practice within the university. This book will be invaluable for creative practitioners, researchers, students in the creative arts, and academics.

Excerpt

This book addresses an issue of vital importance to contemporary practitioners in the creative arts: the role and significance of creative work within the university environment and its relationship to research practices. The turn to creative practice is one of the most exciting and revolutionary developments to occur in the university within the last two decades and is currently accelerating in influence. It is bringing with it dynamic new ways of thinking about research and new methodologies for conducting it, a raised awareness of the different kinds of knowledge that creative practice can convey and an illuminating body of information about the creative process. As higher education become more accepting of creative work and its existing and potential relationships to research, we also see changes in the formation of university departments, in the way conferences are conducted, and in styles of academic writing and modes of evaluation.

We wish to suggest that there are many rich and innovative ways in which creative practice can constitute, or contribute to, research in the university environment. But we are also committed to the reciprocal relationship between research and creative practice. So as well as considering how creative practice can revolutionise academic research, we wish to ponder how academic research can impact positively on creative practice: this bi-directional focus is evident in the title of our book, practice-led research, research-led practice. Together with our contributors, we unpick the issues arising out of creative practice across different disciplines; we document, conceptualise, analyse and debate the proliferating relationships between creative work and research; we look at the histories of those relationships and tease open the political difficulties and opportunities within the higher education environment that the conjunctions between research and creative practice generate. In addition, we discuss the relevance of these questions as part of broader issues such as: what is knowledge, what is research and how can we understand the creative process?

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