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Research priority area

Creative Practice and Theory

The Research Priority Area for Creative Practice and Theory includes staff from the School of Creative Arts.
The staff are practitioners and theoreticians working across Fine Art and Painting, Lens-based Media, curation, Design illustration, Music, Film making and Journalism.

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All research from within the RPA is submitted to the REF Unit of Assessments (UoAs):

The RPA enjoys outward-facing creative partnerships with the RWA, The Wilson, and National Cyber Security Centre and through these alliances, aims to develop community-focused and impactful applied research.

With strengths in community arts work, curation, socially engaged practice, pan-European music and storytelling projects, music and digital media innovation and public art project commissioning, its research benefits from working alongside external collaborative partnerships with a variety of arts, culture, NGO, local government and local community stakeholders.

Research themes

Art and music exhibition

Research practice

Approaches to research in Creative Practice and Theory range from the production of new art and design, exhibition curation and public art initiatives, through documentary and drama filmmaking to analytical approaches to popular music, and sports journalism.

Our work is themed around reinterpretation, landscape, health, immersive technology and ‘under-represented voices’ and we encourage interdisciplinarity in research activities.

Hardwick Gallery

Many of our projects are launched and/or supported through Hardwick Gallery​, and we have a strong record of achieving Arts Council England project grants and collaborating with public arts institutions internationally.

CPT places a strong emphasis on practical outcomes as the primary evidence of an interrogation of research questions across art, film, popular music and sound.



Contact Prof. Abigail Gardner, research priority area convenor for Creative Practice and Theory.

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