Arts Institute introduction

The Arts Institute was founded in January 2016 as a way of supporting excellence in humanities and arts research at the University of Plymouth at all levels from PGRs and ECRs to researchers in later stages of their careers. One of our primary raisons d’être is to facilitate cross disciplinary research that maps onto AHRC subject areas, and at Plymouth this encompasses a wide range of research interests, extending from the critical humanities (English, History and Art History) and practice as research (Creative Writing, Theatre and Performance, Music, Fine Art and Media Arts) to digital design and creative industry (Digital Art and Technology and Architecture).

Central also to our mission is the enrichment of the arts and culture in Plymouth and beyond through critical thinking, writing and making. The Arts Institute is where arts and humanities research meets cultural ecologies and economies in south-west England, and the Arts Institute also acts as an interface with national and international collaborators and partners. We collaborate with a wide range of national and international Universities, non-HEI organisations, and other scholars and researchers, as well as with creative practitioners in order to provide a space for discussion, dialogue and change. Our goal is to share knowledge and understanding about art and culture in ways that are inclusive, life affirming, challenging, informative and enjoyable.

The Institute's key themes reflect our expertise, priorities as a research community, our scholarly interests and passions. These are:

  • heritage
  • transdisciplinary creative practices.
  • digital arts and humanities 
  • histories, memory and memorialisation
  • ecologies, cultures and cities 
  • medical arts and humanities
  • marine cultures.

Together with our partners, we initiate projects and host events that shed light on and engage others in these areas.

The Institute is currently developing a series of strands of work for and with 1) researchers and those who might become researchers; 2) the general public; and 3) other groups, communities and individuals who might benefit - socially, culturally or economically - from our world-leading research.

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