Practice-Based Research Degrees in the Arts: Problems and Prospects

“There are hundreds of kids in Britain doing PhDs – PhDs! – in fine art….It could not be a worse situation”

Michael Craig-Martin, in Baldessari and Craig-Martin (2009) ‘Conversation’ in Madoff (Ed) Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century), pp 45-6.
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Image courtesy of The Wildgoose Memorial Library © Jan

The last decade has seen significant growth in the number of practice-based or practice-led research degrees offered by universities and art schools. This event will examine the problems and prospects for such courses. How do students and supervisors understand the relationship between the practice and thesis components of the project? How should they do so? What are the broader effects on artistic practice of training within such a framework. Ultimately, are practice-based research degrees fit for purpose?

This round table discussion was held on Friday the 24th of March 2017 at King’s College London, and was realised in collaboration with The Culture Capital Exchange. Below is a full recording of the event:

Speakers:
Dr. Jonathan Clark (Head of Research, Trinity Laban Conservatoire)

Prof. Robert Hampson (Distinguished Research and Teaching Fellow, Royal Holloway)

Dr. Jane Wildgoose (Artist, Researcher, Broadcaster)

Chair:
Dr. Sacha Golob (King’s College London, Philosophy and Director CPVA)

Introduced by:
Evelyn Wilson (The Culture Capital Exchange)

What is the value of art?

In this roundtable discussion, philosophers, artists, market professionals and conservators discuss the value significance of art – from its public role to its meaning to its price. Full registration of the discussion can be viewed here.

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This roundtable discussion in was realised in collaboaration with MTArt/Meltweek.

Participants:

  • Chair: Sacha Golob (CPVA)
  • Anthony Bennett (The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Tommaso Calabro (Nahmad Projects)
  • Anna Fafaliou (Marine Tanguy Art)
Christopher Hamilton (King’s College London)