Centre for Practice as Research in the Arts (CPaRA)
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The Centre for Practice as Research in the Arts emanates from the Departments of Fine Art and Performing Arts at University of Chester, where there is a shared interest and existing expertise in the way in which practice advances knowledge.
The Centre aims to support and develop practice-based research by providing an intellectual, creative and organisational resource for its own researchers, and a venue for the exchange of ideas and dialogue with individuals and institutions at a local, regional, national and international level.
By encouraging critical exploration of contemporary practice and providing a forum for debate about research methods and approaches, the Centre seeks to further the gathering body of knowledge in what is a newly emerging subject area. Whilst the main focus of the centre is in the way that disciplines are advanced by practice, the necessary contextualisation of practice relies on a robust relationship between practice and theory which is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. The activity of the Centre therefore extends beyond practice-based research to encompass the interests of critics, theoreticians, and historians in a wide range of subject domains. The Centre comprises a diversity of media disciplines and subject expertise, however, areas of specific research interest include:
The 'expanded field' of textile practice.
Innovative and non-toxic printmaking.
New media and collaborative practice
Post-modern devised performance/ performance art.
The Centre provides a supportive research environment for Postgraduate students. It offers Postgraduate qualifications [Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters] in Fine Art [Department of Fine Art] and Performance Practice [Department of Performing Arts], and opportunities for MPhil/PhD study.