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 that can result in communication issues. It can be challenging to confidently share insights and developments with readers outside of one’s discipline. There can be an overwhelming feeling of having to justify the value of one’s practice and 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 creating? This paper will draw on specific examples from UK institutions to see how various challenges of communication and justification have been addressed at PhD level, through national research audits of academic staff, which also include considerations of the University research environment. I will 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 government audit of UK academic institutions. I will show examples of how visual practitioners have contextualized their research outputs so that they can be ‘effectively shared’.

Title: Click “Non-Textual Output”: Arts-Based Practice-Research
Author(s): Jac C. Batey orcidid_logo
Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
Series: Information, Medium & Society
Journal Title: Information, Medium, and Society: Journal of Publishing Studies
Keywords: Practice-Based Research, Practice-Based PhD, Arts Research, Practice-Led Research, Research Impact, Zines
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Date: June 30, 2023
ISSN: 2691-1507 (Print)
ISSN: 2691-1515 (Online)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2691-1507/CGP/v22i01/33-51
Citation: Batey, Jac C. C. 2023. "Click “Non-Textual Output”: Arts-Based Practice-Research." Information, Medium, and Society: Journal of Publishing Studies 22 (1): 33-51. doi:10.18848/2691-1507/CGP/v22i01/33-51.
Extent: 19 pages
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-51
JournalInformation, Medium, and Society: Journal of Publishing Studies
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 29 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • practice as research
  • practice based PhDs
  • illustration
  • zines
  • practice based
  • arts-based methods
  • Academic journals
  • REF
  • arts impact

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