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Announced in November 2022, the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts is a new research centre. 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 artist, theorist, and educator Dr Bill Balaskas – Director of Research, Business and Innovation at the School of Arts.
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.
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 will be finalised through a series of dialogue-based processes that will extend throughout 2022-2023.
These are the core groups operating under the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts.
For further information, please contact the centre's director, Dr Bill Balaskas: email@example.com