Bringing practice closer to research - seeking integrity, sincerity and authenticity

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This article tackles the abundance of inconsistent terminologies that surround the discourse on practice and research. The text builds on recent debates on creative practice and education, sparked through the EU funded project SHARE. I argue that a shift in contemporary continental philosophy in the 1970s, which nudged the body into a more central position, allowed for creative practice and with it ‘embodied knowing’ to slowly push open the doors of the academies. I will show that practice today is already well embedded in some UK institutions, and I put forward that rather than thinking of an apologetic Practice as..., Performance as .., we should refer more resolutely to what I here term ‘Practice Research’. I demystify notions of validation of creative practice by re-emphasising the artistic qualities of ‘integrity, sincerity and authenticity’, borrowed from the 2013 BBC Reith lecturer and artist/potter Grayson Perry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343–354
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Education Through Art
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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