Uncovered: How do you research through art?

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Postgraduate researchers at the Cambridge School of Art coordinated this exhibition to uncover aspects of creative research journeys. Though, at first glance appearing to be very different from other research disciplines, such as the sciences, artistic enquiry as research can work in similar ways to uncover new knowledge.

The Postgraduate Researchers of the Cambridge School of Art, have coordinated this exhibition to uncover aspects of creative research journeys. The PhD students involved, make art in countless different media, from paintings, prints and textiles to films, books, and manuscripts, using technologies both old and new. Though, at first glance appearing to be very different from other research disciplines, such as the sciences, artistic enquiry as research can work in similar ways: through process which often encompasses various methodological strategies such as experimentation with the outcome of new knowledge.

All creative PhD students make artistic work as part of their research process, answering their research question(s) either through making – practice-based research, or by researching new methods in practice – practice-led research. The artist as researcher draws on various theoretical and methodological paradigms, which are often interdisciplinary. Subjective art research approaches, that have previously been marginalised, can be articulated and embedded into forms.

The project, including the exhibition and a program of events, is conceived by Mary-Jane Montgomerie-House and Rebecca Hearle, Postgraduate Researchers at the Cambridge School of Art, and supported by Senior Research Fellow Dr Elena Cologni, Research Coordinator. This has been funded by Faculty of Art Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University.