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Creative Scholars: Research Economies in Art and Design

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
8 December 2008 10:00-18:00

Tate Britain, Wimbledon College of Art and the University of Brighton have joined together to hold two conferences on the value of scholarship in the Arts. The first conference will precede the December announcement of the outcome from the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE) and the second conference will be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 16 February 2009.

Since the inclusion of creative and performing arts and design in the RAE in 1992, the quality and volume of research in the sector has expanded, evolved and matured and now makes a significant and widely recognised contribution to the UK's global leadership in the creative and cultural sectors. At this important point in the growing maturity and authority of creative arts research these conferences will explore the issues that surround scholarship and evidence. How and where is scholarship in art and design generated, captured and stored? How is the growth in art and design scholarship linked to the allocation of resources and the development of policy, decision-making and problem solving?

Given the current and growing pressures on the economy and the fine balance between support for sports and the arts, this conference will explore the distinctive characteristics of scholarship in creative and cultural research, the role of collaboration and the relation to public and private funding. It will examine its key role in the attainment of excellence in an international context of research practice, quality assessment and evaluation and its sustainability as we move into the next cycle of funding.

A host of distinguished speakers will lead sessions including:

  • Historical Context: The origins of practice based research
  • The Public Purse and the Market
  • Scholarship: creative cohesion and social impact
  • The Knowledge Pool: locating the new archives of creative scholarship
  • Futures and models: So where do we go from here?

Booking is recommended, tickets priced £25 (£15 concessions)


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