Centre for Practice Research in the Arts

Introduction

Kingston School of Art is pleased to announce the establishment of the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts.

This new research centre will 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.

Researching through making

The Centre for Practice Research in the Arts will be 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 will build 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 will incorporate 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.

Contact us

For further information, please contact the centre's director, Dr Bill Balaskas: b.balaskas@kingston.ac.uk

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.