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Art Research Centre

The Art Research Centre (ARC) is comprised of artists, artistic researchers, makers, curators and critical writers working across the field of contemporary art practice and theory.

The Art Research Centre (ARC) is comprised of artists, artistic researchers, makers, curators and critical writers working across the field of contemporary art practice and theory.

All our academic staff exhibit and/or publish their work internationally in varied outputs ranging from solo and group exhibtions, live performances, curatorial projects, conference presentations to more traditional outputs of  journal articles, book chapters and monographs.

The aims of the Art Research Centre and the methodologies adopted are left deliberately open and flexible; reflecting the creative, imaginative, questioning and collaborative approaches our members employ.

Our artistic research lies at the centre of our entire intellectual, artistic and operational framework. Through it, we demonstrate our values of imagination, criticality, creativity, innovation and enterprise. At the heart of our approach to artistic research of all forms is a continuing enquiry into the manner in which knowledge can be seen to be produced through both material and immaterial forms, to this extent it is an enquiry into the nature of human knowledge and experience. Our aim is to ensure that this enquiry is of worth and significance to society. Our Research is pursued within a culture of creative curiosity that values equally the contribution of hand skill, machine and digital technologies  and theoretical contexts as means towards this end. Through the Centre, the relations within the Field of Art at BSAD itself and also its relations to the wider cultural, social and political milieu will continue to be subject to interrogation in informal dialogue running alongside  more disciplined and structured engagements.

Operation

The Art Research Centre operates formally through a sequence of meetings, presentations, seminars and staff mentoring – and there are many less formal exchanges and discussions across a broad range of practice in  contemporary art which form groupings of staff specialisms, including curatorial practices, artists’ pedagogies, ceramics, and drawing. The Centre is characterised by a philosophy of practice, making, doing and critical reflection.

These elements provide the basis for the supervision of our PhD students.

Contact

Professor Steve Dutton, Director of the Art Research Centre
s.dutton@bathspa.ac.uk

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