Arts practices and performance research at Brighton fosters a culture of research excellence in response to a rapidly developing and diversifying range of interests within the field. We conceive of 'practices' as an expanded term covering image and object making, the textual and the writerly, and performative, time-based and sound/aural work.
Our research students participate in a community developed through innovative practice, exemplified by the founding role its academics have played in screendance as a discipline, the evolution of inclusive arts practices, digital innovation, and experimental work in photography, moving image, illustration and sound, among a wealth fine art practices both traditional and contemporary.
We welcome applications for MPhil/PhD study in which practice plays a central role, as well as those which bring elements of practice into a more traditional thesis submission. The following represent areas of particular research interest and expertise:
- Artistic engagements with memory, narrative, histories, heritage and language
- Arts practices and science
- Inclusive arts practice in health and social contexts
- Media arts interventions and audience engagement
- Mediated performances, visions and the role of the body as site
- Politics of representation, curatorship and exhibition making
Our research in this area is supported through the Arts Practices and Performance Research Initiative (APPRI), and we encourage interdisciplinary projects and cross-disciplinary engagements across the arts and humanities, contributing to major research themes such as Agency, Society and Space and Performance, Meaning and Making.