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King's launches The Creative Role of Research

Posted on 20/11/2017

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The Creative Role of Research report, authored by Dr Kirstie Hewlett, Researcher, Cultural Institute and Policy Institute, Katherine Bond, Director, Cultural Institute, and Dr Saba Hinrichs-Krapels, Senior Research Fellow, Policy Institute, launched at an event today at King’s College London.

The Creative Role of Research explores the significant role that the creative and cultural sector plays in maximising the impact of research in the UK, and in parallel, the relationship between all fields of research and their impact within the arts.

Drawing on 1,582 case studies, it reveals the longstanding ways in which academics and creative practitioners have forged relationships, collaborated, borrowed from and influenced one another. Demonstrating how researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines can foster new opportunities to collaborate with the cultural sector, it simultaneously, illuminates how artists and creative professionals can and have used academic research to inform and develop their practice.

Opened by Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (London), and Katherine Bond, Director, Cultural Institute, the launch event included a panel discussion about the key findings from the report and how each sector can build on them.

The panel, chaired by Dr Steven Hill, Higher Education Funding Council for England, included Professor Paul McDonald, Department of Culture, Media and the Creative Industries and Professor Catherine Boyle, Department for Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at King’s; Poppy Keeling from theatre group Complicité; and Suzanne Bardgett from the Imperial War Museums.

The speakers highlighted the importance of the report in interpreting research impact in the creative and cultural sector. They also celebrated the diversity of research impact pathways revealed in the report and felt this diversity should be supported rather than curtailed through more prescriptive criteria. Most importantly, The Creative Role of Research was welcomed by all for providing the first detailed analysis of the longstanding ways in which academics and creative practitioners have forged relationships, collaborated, borrowed from and influenced one another.

 

For more information and to download a copy of the report please see our page here

 


 

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