NiTRO Edition 2 - The Art of Research: Creative Arts and the University R&D Agenda
In the second edition of NiTRO, DDCA’s dedicated space for views and news in the tertiary creative arts community, we consider the relationship between creative arts practice and research.
As many in creative arts grappled with the amalgamation challenges of the 90s, few were aware that the Dawkins reforms also had increased the centrality of research to university funding. This ‘blissful ignorance’ was not to last.
In subsequent decades, as the number of creative arts staff and student researchers grew, research performance increased its influence on school funding and academic careers, triggering an ongoing quest to equitably and comfortably position creative arts within the university research agenda...
Over 2 decades the creative art academic community has grown and matured as a sector - so have the questions of method and purpose of publically funded research, that influence the processes of evaluation. Discussions around impact and ‘end-user’ value is a live issue at the ARC and we look forward to the new thinking that will shortly emerge. The creative arts depend almost entirely on end-user experience, and the impact of these experiences aspire to have real and meaningful impact on peoples lives...