Every year, one of our postgraduate researchers has the opportunity to spend a month in Venice during the world’s most important art and architecture biennale.
Uncovered: How do you research through art? is a postgraduate group project that explores creative, practice-led research journeys.
Building PhD Research Bricks Workshops are collaborative practice-based creative workshops for PhD students across ARU, run by two postgraduate researchers.
This series, coordinated by Senior Research Fellow Dr Elena Cologni, aims at opening up the conversation about creative practice research methodologies: how these arise from practice, are applied, and/or lead to interdisciplinary approaches.
Research staff and students from ARU and external institutions are invited to discuss their methodologies and learn from each other's experiences.
Through examples of research projects the sessions generate new ideas and highlight challenges in the research journey.
Recordings of some of our past sessions are available on the Art & Care Facebook page:
Other sessions have included:
15th February 2003 was a 40-hour sustained drawing performance by Kelcy Davenport that revisited and reanimated the memory of the largest protest in human history.
Colour Correction and Colour Theory was a research project by Zaid Al Momani that investigated believability in matte painting in motion picture post-production.
Meizi Zhang's research project Concrete Poems, and exhibition 4-Minutes River, explored the possibilities of digital media and visual poetry.
Daughter, Mother, Grandmother was a project by Meizi Zhang that used digital media and visual poetry to illuminate the role of middle-aged mothers.
The Grand Old Duke of York was a project by Becky Palmer that explored how conventions from comics and picturebooks can be combined to tell stories in new, effective ways.
Gemma Marmalade's presentation/performance parodied academic art language and rhetoric.
Theorem was the first group exhibition of PhD practice-based research in Cambridge School of Art, accompanied by the Theory:Practice symposium.
When a Wall Gets An Autobiography was a project in which Jane Boyer fabricated an autobiography of a wall by tracing events and interactions through ephemera.
ARU Cambridge School of Art PhD graduate Katherina Manolessou's submission combined a text-based thesis, a volume of illustrations, and a published picturebook, Zoom Zoom Zoom. You can read about her research journey, and the challenges she faced, on the British Library website.Katherina's story
Boyer, J. L., 2020. The Expanded Mirror. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Dolan, E., 2020. Humour in picturebooks: an examination of its construction and emergence through creative practice. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Dong, Y., 2020. The unflattened picturebook: a practice-based investigation into the use of the physical form of the book-object as narrative language. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Low, J. H., 2020. The autoethnographic picturebook: a practice-based investigation into the expressive potential of the form. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Zhang, M., 2020. Evaluating the significance of concrete poetry in the emerging practices of digital poetry. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Chuang, H. Y., 2018. A creative practice-based study of the application of metafictive devices in postmodern picturebooks. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University. Item availability may be restricted.
Tzomaka, V., 2017. A practice based investigation using design and illustration to explore the role of narrative in nonfiction picturebooks. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University. Item availability may be restricted.
Gassas, R. F., 2016. Best practice in adapting logo marks from Latin to non-Latin scripts: a case study in the Arabic market. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Palmer, R., 2016. Understanding graphic narrative through the synthesis of comic and picturebooks. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Little, L., 2015. A practice‐based exploration of the relationship between artists’ books and children’s picturebooks. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
George, J., 2013. The sculptural, display, location and forgetful memory. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.
Manolessou, K., 2012. A practice-based investigation of animal character development in picturebook illustration. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University.