Click ‘Non-Textual Output’: Arts Based Practice-Research

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This paper explores arts-based practice research from the perspective of a UK University. In this context, practice research is still fraught with complexity and communication issues. It can be challenging to confidently share insights and developments with readers outside of one’s discipline and there can be an overwhelming feeling of having to justify the value of one’s practice and to over-explain every element to underline its worth. But what does practice research offer us and how can we, in the arts, effectively communicate this to the broader academic community and beyond? Is there really a difference between practice-based and practice-led research or are there other ways to describe and share what we (academic practitioners) are actually doing? This paper draws on specific examples from UK institutions to see how various challenges of communication and justification have been addressed at PhD level, through to national research audits of academic staff, which also include considerations of the University research environment. I discuss examples of successful practice-based research outputs from the University of Portsmouth that were part of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) a National published research audit. I show examples of how practitioners have contextualized their research outputs so that they can be ‘effectively shared’.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023
EventInformation, Medium & Society: Twenty-first International Conference on Publishing Studies - Paris, France
Duration: 30 Jun 2023 → …


ConferenceInformation, Medium & Society: Twenty-first International Conference on Publishing Studies
Period30/06/23 → …


  • practice as research
  • practice based PhDs
  • arts-based methods

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