‘The Future of Practice Research’ symposium at Goldsmiths, hosted in partnership with HEFCE on 4 June, gave an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and research managers to explore new ways in which practice research is extending, and to influence broader agendas around assessment, funding and impact in a period of constant change.
Practice is now firmly embedded in the research culture of a range of disciplines, and its impact abundantly evidenced within and beyond the creative and cultural industries. Yet the relationship between practice and research continues to inspire lively debate. Diverse methodologies have developed across the various disciplines, but practice research itself increasingly defies disciplinary boundaries.
How might we develop common languages and approaches?
Where does the most interesting and innovative work reside, and how should we evidence quality most effectively?
Debates about the impact of practice research, and how this impact is documented and measured, are of pressing urgency.
How can we best continue to assert the importance of practice research to the academy, to the professional world beyond, and to the public?
Over 200 people shared debates about practice research with researchers and practitioners from around the country. Speakers Anne Tallentire (Art, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London), Steven Hill (Head of Research Policy, HEFCE), Bruce Brown (Design, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Brighton), Lauren Redhead (Music, Canterbury Christ Church University), Stella Hall (Festival director and consultant), Sally Mackey (Applied Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Janet Hodgson (Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham City University) and Helen Wickstead (Art/Archaeology, Kingston University) gave sector and industry perspectives setting the scene for the afternoon’s breakout sessions.
Materials from the day are available on this site.