Centre for Practice Research in the Arts

Introduction

Announced in November 2022, the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts (CePRA) is the newest research centre of Kingston School of Art. Its aim is to contribute to key debates around the nature of contemporary art and design practices, with a view to becoming a prominent advocacy voice for creative practitioners nationally and internationally. The founding Director of the centre is internationally acclaimed artist, theorist, and educator Bill Balaskas (Director of Research, Business and Innovation; School of Arts).

Researching through making

The Centre for Practice Research in the Arts is grounded in Kingston School of Art's long tradition in "thinking through making" – the guiding principle of the School for more than 140 years. In addition, the centre builds on the institution's recent success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), which saw the area of Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory achieve an outstanding performance: 55% of the research outputs submitted were ranked "world leading" and 87% "world leading or internationally excellent". Notably, the majority of the outputs submitted by the institution were in the form of art and design practice.

From experimentation to innovation

The centre incorporates existing research groups and clusters working across creative disciplines: fine art, design, architecture, film, photography, performing arts, and beyond. Encouraging and enabling experimentation, the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts will explore how we can expand our collective and creative potential through combining innovative research practices.

Following a year of initial consultations, the key structures of the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts were finalised through a series of presentations and events that extended throughout 2022 and 2023.

Groups

These are the core groups operating under the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts.

Contact us

For further information, please contact Director, Dr Bill Balaskas (b.balaskas@kingston.ac.uk); or Deputy Director, Dr Valentina Ippolito (v.ippolito@kingston.ac.uk).

Events and Outputs

Through its events, outputs and advocacy, CePRA is bringing together researchers from different disciplinary areas, while also nurturing collaborations with external partners to support initiatives that strengthen the position of practice research nationally and internationally. A selection of recent events and outputs is provided below. To find out more information about group-based events and outputs, please visit the individual webpages of our constituent groups.

Banner image credit: Mike Nelson, Studio Apparatus for Kunsthalle Münster - A Thematic Instalment Observing the Calendrical Celebration of its Inception: Introduction; towards a linear understanding of notoriety, power, and their interconnectedness; futurobjecs (misspelt); mysterious island* *see introduction or Barothic shift, 2014. Installation view: Kunsthalle Münster, 2014. Photo: Thomas Wrede. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; Matt's Gallery, London; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin.