Research within the School of Creative Arts explores relationships between the creative process and its various outcomes, performance and community.

School Research

Research within the School of Creative Arts explores relationships between the creative process and its various outcomes, performance and community. The School consists of creative artists, scholars, performers and theorists. Their combined contribution is an integrated discourse in which practice and theory are entwined. Practice led research is context dependent be it a commission for a gallery, a recording project, public artwork, or a community-based project in a suburb of Newcastle.

Our School's research activities are diverse in the various ways they engage with audiences, communities and academic communities:

  1. Research through practice and led by practice: the symbolic representation of the creative work; tools and techniques; methodologies; performance and production.
  2. Translation and transfer of the creative work: interpretation; uptake and negotiation; dissemination.
  3. Community relationship to the creative work: a particular community's value and use (application); modes of engagement (public art, formalised presentations, interactive, broadcast forms, etc); new contexts and audiences.

Current RHD Candidates

The School supervises a large number of PhD and Masters candidates on all on aspects of the research continuum from creative practice through translation/transfer to reception and community relationships. They are supported by School-based competitive grant schemes offering support for research expenses, and have been active producers of artworks, music performances, exhibitions, conference papers, journal publications, symposia and forums.

Listed below for each discipline is all of our current RHD candidates and their research topic.

Name

Program

Research Topic

Kim Delury

M Philosophy (Drama)

The Actor's Presence: An Investigation into some of the Processes of Screen and Stage Performance

Brian Joyce

M Philosophy (Drama)

Legacy in Applied Theatre

Kayla Meredith

M Philosophy (Drama)

Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects, and the Notion of 'Play' for Young People with Intellectual Disabilities

Inga Romantsova

M Philosophy (Drama)

Nicolai Evreinov and the Investigation of Theatricality

Priscilla Rhodes

PhD (Drama)

Australian Physical Theatre

Name

Program

Research Topic

Benjamin Bourke

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

Interpreting the University of Newcastle Art Collection

Simone Darcy

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

Binge Culture: A Visual Anthropology

Jessica Jenkins

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

What's the Point? Exploring Tensions Between Point and Pointlessness in Conceptual, Performative and Relational Art Practices

Nathan Keogh

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

How Can the Concept of the Shadow-Field be Used as an Artistic Metaphor for Psychological 'Solidity' and 'Space'?

Louise McAlpine

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

'Hapticivism' an Artistic Imperative

Laura Seabrook

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

How can the Contemporary use of Sequential Art Increase the General Understanding of Gender Transition?

Pablo Tapia

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

Painting Magic Realities Within a Chilean Migrant Context in Contemporary Australia

Grant Vercoe

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

If Art is a Reflection of Life, Then in a Modern World, Has Not Art With a Modern Machine Aesthetic Have its' Place in Contemporary Arts Practice

Clare-Ellen Weeks

M Philosophy (Fine Art)

Exorcising the Abject: A Cathartic Disquisition

Caelli Brooker

PhD (Fine Art)

Lost in Translation - The Materialisation of the Mark in the Digital Age

Susan Cairns

PhD (Fine Art)

Museums, Networked Knowledge and the Online Collection

Dale Collier

PhD (Fine Art)

Identity, the Object and Spaces in Between: Locational Intervention and the Performative Nature of Throwaway Culture in Contemporary Interdisciplinary, Inter-Media and Live Arts Practice

Sussi Conlin

PhD (Fine Art)

Re-Politicising Cultural Democracy - Not Social Policy

Clare De Mayo

PhD (Fine Art)

Traditional religious beliefs have underpinned the use of fabric, in culturally specific ways, to transform, constrain, define and delimit the body. In contemporary multicultural society, how do these differing beliefs and practices influence our conventions of dress, and give rise to conflicting concepts of modesty, liberation and beauty.

Michael Downs

PhD (Fine Art)

The Shock of Shape; Embodied Responses to Shaped and Non-Rectilinear Painting

Penelope Dunstan

PhD (Fine Art)

Dominion Over all the Earth: Visualising the Tensions of Science and Sustainability in Contemporary Art Practice

Mandy Francis

PhD (Fine Art)

Material Poetry: an Investigation of Materiality in Contemporary Sculpture

Matthew Gardiner

PhD (Fine Art)

ORI* on Aesthetics and Language of Folding and Technology

Roger Hanley

PhD (Fine Art)

Margin Walker: A Theatre of Disembodied Poetics

Miranda Lawry

PhD (Fine Art)

Vital Signs/Art and Wellness: The Hospital as a Mediated Site

Lucila Maddox

PhD (Fine Art)

Studio based investigation of ideas of limitless space

Eleonora Moelle

PhD (Fine Art)

The Structure and Dynamics of Form

Julie Tilse

PhD (Fine Art)

Riparian Life: A Visual Navigation of the Changing Nature of the Hunter River Estuary

Name

Program

Research Topic

Michael Bardon

M Philosophy (Music)

The Investigative Cellist and the Informed Audition

Valerie Dart

M Philosophy (Music)

The Development of the Viola as a Solo Instrument in England at the end of the 19th Century and the Beginning of the 20th Century

Cynthia Dellit

M Philosophy (Music)

Investigating Subjective Accenting and Expressive Accent/Articulation and the Possible Contribution to Interpretive Flute Performance

Tara Dickinson

M Philosophy (Music)

The Flute and the Body: Improving Technique and Wellbeing Through the Body

Michael Fitzgerald

M Philosophy (Music)

Recreating the evolution of guitar sounds in Spain and Latin America c 1890-1940

Heath Landers

M Philosophy (Music)

A Rhetorical Analysis of Mozart's Opere Serie

Andrew McLachlan

M Philosophy (Music)

Exploring the World of Australian Fusion Guitar Playing with a Specific Focus on Identity and Meaning.

Scott Saunders

M Philosophy (Music)

Towards a Phenomenology of Groove

David Tracy

M Philosophy (Music)

Using Acoustic Phenomena to Generate a Compositional Practice: Representing Acoustic Phenomena in Musical Composition through the Extrapolative and Interpolative Modelling of the Phenomena's Characteristics and Behaviour

David Banney

PhD (Music)

Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking in Musical Composition

Karen Cummings

PhD (Music)

The Song and the Words - Music of Exile

Roslyn Dunlop

PhD (Music)

The Traditional Music of East Timor

Phillip Johnston

PhD (Music)

The Polysynchronous Film Score: the Relationship Between Music and Image/Narrative in Contemporary Scores for Silent Film

Catherine Payne

PhD (Music)

Cinematic Topologies: Mapping Shifts in Nature, Thought and Mind

Edward Primrose

PhD (Music)

Music in Context: An Exploration of Music and Dramaturgy

Ilmar Taimre

PhD (Music)

Pragmatics of Intertextuality in Recorded Music

Kenneth Taylor

PhD (Music)

Joseph Schillinger and His System for Aesthetical Engineering: Applications in Music Composition and Analysis

Jordan Wett

PhD (Music)

Online Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

Gregory White

PhD (Music)

The Relationship Between Composition and Production in Realtime Software Environments

Stephen Wye

PhD (Music)

Off-White: A Latterday Travesty


Research Group

Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR) is an interdisciplinary research group located within the School of Creative Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts. CeCAR brings together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

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