Mind The Gap

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1. Keynote presentation on Interdisciplinarity presented at Mind the Gap! A national workshop on practice-based PhD research in creative, media and visual arts 2. Chaired panel session, Q&A 3. Peer reviewed paper by supervised doctoral researcher (Ellison) was also selected for inclusion in the conference and in the resulting publication. A one day national workshop for PhD candidates, supervisors and prospective students addressing the challenges of conducting practice based PhD research in the creative, media and visual arts. CONTEXT The relative newness of practice based, doctoral research in the visual arts has led to a series of recurring issues: the notion of reflective and professionally based knowledge; the balance of the written and practice elements of the PhD; the excessive demands of a doctoral mode of study that requires candidates to both achieve professional standards in their creative practice outputs and appropriate levels of scholarly achievement as manifest in a written dissertation; the composition and responsibilities of the supervisory team; the conduct of the examination process etc. On the other hand, there has been a widespread recognition of the richness and relevance of this mode of doctoral study to both the student’s professional development and to the development of the creative arts professions and their research capacity. This workshop explores the challenges of the practice based PhD through a sharing of expertise, both critical and case study, from across Ireland. We explore a range of strategies for refining and consolidating this mode of research and professional development. CONTENT • Methodological dilemmas of practice based visual arts research • Integrating the practitioner perspective in your research • The multi-disciplinary challenge of practice based research • Exemplars of good practice in practice based/led PhDs in Ireland • Supervisory challenges of the practice based/led PhD: towards a model of good practice • Models of evaluation for practice based research and the viva process • Publication and Exhibition strategies for practice based PhD research
Period17 Apr 2015
Event typeConference
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map


  • Doctoral
  • Practice
  • Art and design
  • Interdisciplinary