VISIONING THE FUTURE focussed on the Artistic Doctorate in Ireland in the Performing Arts (Dance, Music, and Theatre) and Film / Screen Media. The project asked how and what we can learn from previous practice and research into the pedagogies and the potential of the Artistic Doctorate, and how this relates to the unique ecology of Ireland. 

Investigating how the artistic research PhD might be framed, examined, supported, and funded, we asked: what kinds of pedagogies lead to best practice? How are they experienced by students? How might supervisors / examiners share practice / get training in new and emerging Artistic Research pedagogies? 

The work consulted widely, hosted an international seminar series, and engaged with staff and students in one-to-one conversations. The project contributed to the development of national policy and protocol to support the establishment of best practices in the sector, and developed free downloadable Open Educational Resources for supervisors, students and examiners. 

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This 12-month research project was hosted by the University College Cork School of Film, Music & Theatre in collaboration with IMBAS, the Irish forum for artistic research. It was funded by the Irish Higher Education Authority through a National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Award. 

Meet the Team

Jools Gilson, Project Lead. jgilson@ucc.ie

Jools Gilson is an artist, writer and educator. She works across multiple disciplines including choreography, performance, public and installation art, creative writing and radio broadcasting. Jools received one of the first Artistic Doctorates in Theatre & Performance Studies in the UK from the University of Surrey in 2000, and was involved in the five year AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK) funded project PARIP (Practice as Research in Performance) from 2000 – 2005. She is Professor of Creative Practice and Head of the School of Film, Music & Theatre at University College Cork. 

Inês Bento Coelho, Postdoctoral Researcher. ines.bentocoelho@ucc.ie

Inês Bento Coelho is a scholar, artist and lecturer based in Cork (Ireland) and Glasgow (UK). She has worked with the University of Glasgow, The Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins (UAL), the Croydon College of Art, the University of Derby, and the Faculties of Fine Arts Lisbon and Porto. She holds a practice-based PhD from The Glasgow School of Art funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (2019). Her doctoral research explores choreographic approaches in installation art, focusing on space awareness and performativity within site responsive contexts, working across performance, installation and film.

Michael Ryan, Research Assistant. michael_ryan@ucc.ie

Michael Ryan is a freelance artist in the performing arts. In 2016 he left a career in the high-tech industry to pursue his lifelong passion for the creative arts. He graduated in 2019 with a first-class BA degree in Drama & Theatre Studies from UCC. He now devotes his time between acting, writing, producing and production management. He has performed in professional roles on stage, screen and radio. He has worked in production roles for Theatre Makers, BrokenCrow and Gaitkrash. Michael is also co-founder of HubCap Theatre.