Artist academics: Performing the Australian research agenda

Dawn Bennett, David Wright, Diana Blom

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Despite the recent focus on creativity and innovation as the backbone of Western knowledge economies, the presence of the creative arts within universities remains problematic. Australian artist academics who seek a balance between their artistic and academic lives work within a government-directed research environment that is unable to quantify; therefore, to recognize the value of creative research, yet which accepts the funded outcomes of post-graduate practice-based students. This study sought to unravel how artist academics from a variety of non-written creative disciplines perceive the relationships between their roles as artists, researchers and tertiary educators. Three themes were generated from interviews with the artist-academics: (a) creative research and the academy, (b) practice, research, and teaching nexus, and (c) identity. Central to the discussions was the question of whether and how creative work constitutes legitimate research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Education and the Arts
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


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