Space Place Practice: a research station through which visual artists and multi-disciplinary researchers meet to engage with issues of space, place and site. Its dimensions are produced through interaction and critical discourse which act as points of departure for individual practice and collaborative projects.

Together we challenge and explore the interstices between embodied practice and theoretical enquiry, and there is no hierarchical distinction between making, thinking, writing, and doing. Our expanded practice is expressed in image, word and action.

Our primary concern is practice-led research that examines the contested and problematic concept of ‘place’ and our attention is firmly focused on critical analysis within visual and textual (re)presentation of the experiential landscape.

Through exploratory collaborative fieldwork projects and structured discussion/debate, members will be able to develop personal research practice as well as have the opportunity to explore cross-fertilisation of creative and performative strategies on both individual and collective levels.

In short, Space Place Practice aims to:

• create an arena for open debate focusing on ways in which we might develop and
approach, use, evidence, generate and share new questions, writing and research projects;
• through live projects to expand our reach (individually and collectively) and to explore and
engage with issues of space, place and site in performance, sound, image, object, text and
a range of time-based media;
• trial and examine a range of methodologies and innovative strategies through shared fieldwork
and regular meetings/seminars;
• stimulate high-quality research/practice and encourage collaboration;
• build capacity in the field by actively encouraging others to join the network as well as
supporting those within the network and early career research practitioners;
• contribute to public awareness of visual arts research practice and encourage/develop
interaction and participation;
• facilitate connections, communication and exchange between artist scholars and a wide range
of individuals and organisations outside the network with a shared interest in socio-cultural
issues and (re)presentations of space, place and site on all levels;
• make distinctive contributions to the theoretical, conceptual, practice-led and empirical study
of space, place and site;

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