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The Future of Arts Research

The Future of Arts Research

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Innovative Skills Training for Practice Research in the Arts

The training is now fully booked and registration is now closed

This programme of innovative skills training is geared toward those involved in practice research, generally, and arts research, specifically. The nature of the training is inherently interdisciplinary, devised and developed by researchers across Fine Art, Performance and Poetry. The training will be suitable and beneficial to researchers at any stage of their project’s development and, while specifically relevant to artist researchers, will be open to researchers in any field.

The programme entails four skills workshops, each dedicated to a key element of practice research. The workshops are scheduled on the following two days:

Workshops 1 & 2:        Wednesday, 4 October 2017 @ 11.00 – 18.00

Workshops 3 & 4:        Wednesday, 21 February 2018 @ 11.00 – 18.00

All of the workshops will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London 

Participants may sign up for individual workshops, or may choose to attend the entire series.

Workshops include:


What is the shape of a question? To whom is it addressed? Are questions always verbal or are there other ways of posing them? How do questions guide research and how do they allow us to get lost? Can we understand practice as a mode of responding to questions, and how does this raise the question of ethics?

Information and materials for this workshop can be found on:

Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Time: 11.00-14.00
Room B8 Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London (map)

Workshop Leader: Professor Kristen Kreider (Goldsmiths)


Here we will look at innovative research methods for practice research. We will look at how research methods are drawn from and developed from singular art, performance and poetic practices. We will also experiment with more general, qualitative and quantitative methods from across the arts and sciences to see how these can inform a method drawn specifically from practice. (So, for example, we might experiment with the archive, with statistics, with the interview, with the laboratory.) And we will spend some time discussing the reasoning, or irrationalities, that drive our method, thereby approaching methodology.

Information and materials for this workshop can be found on:

Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Time: 15.00-18.00
 Room B8, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London (map)

Workshop Leader: Dr. Nina Wakeford (Goldsmiths)


Documentation is, arguably, one of the most important practice research skills. It is through documentation that one is able to communicate the ‘rigour’ of a research project, doing so in and through the often complex aesthetics of practice. In this session we will explore aspects of documentation including the role of image, moving image, sound, score, diagram, writing; the importance of sequence, narrative, detail, speculation. We will consider what to edit in and what to edit out of documentation and explore ideas and techniques relating to fact, fiction, description and point of view. Ultimately, our aim will be to develop an art of documentation specific to practice research.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Time: 11.00-14.00
Location: Room B8, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths

Workshop Leader: Dr. Johanna Linsley (University of Roehampton)

Funding for this event is provided by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE).

Spaces are limited and applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the online booking form below. Applications must be received by the following deadlines:

Workshops 1 & 2: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 @ 17.00

Workshops Sessions 3 & 4: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 @ 17.00

Confirmation of a place and further information on each workshop will be circulated at least one week in advance.

For any queries, please contact Professor Kristen Kreider (