Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Edith Cowan University


Refereed paper from the Creative Connections symposium held at ECU in conjunction with the Biennial of Electronic Arts Perth on September 4th, 2004.


This paper reports upon contemporary arts research in Britain, taking as its main focus the research practices in seven Universities judged either ‘excellent’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) category Drama, Dance and Cinematics. Visits to academics representing research at Aberystwyth, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, Royal Holloway and Warwick Universities provided a range of perspectives and information that challenge the manner in which arts research is conceived and funded in Australia. This difference in research cultures partly reflects the workings of the United Kingdom’s RAE quality drivers, and the paper asks whether recent DEST policy initiatives may have positive implications for practice based arts research.