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.
- Research through practice and led by practice: the symbolic representation of the creative work; tools and techniques; methodologies; performance and production.
- Translation and Transfer of the creative work: interpretation; uptake and negotiation; dissemination.
- 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.
The School has supervised a large number of PhD and Masters candidates through to completion on all on aspects of the research continuum from creative practice through translation/transfer to reception and community relationships. They have been supported by School-based competitive grant schemes offering support for research expenses, and have been active producers of artworks, conference papers and journal publications. The postgraduates have been contributed to dialogue within the research group via discipline-based postgraduate symposia and forums, and have been involved as co-researchers and research assistants on the AusStage project, projects of the Performance, Community Development and Social Change group, music performance and exhibitions.