International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 10 Number 17

May 21, 2009

Artist Academics: Performing the Australian Research Agenda

Dawn Bennett
Curtin University of Technology, Australia

David Wright
Diana Blom
University of Western Sydney, Australia

Citation: Bennett, D., Wright, D., & Blom, D. (2009). Australian academics: Performing the Australian research agenda. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 10(17). Retrieved [date] from
Despite the recent focus on creativity and innovation as the backbone of Western knowledge economies, the presence of the creative arts within universities remains problematic. Australian artist academics who seek a balance between their artistic and academic lives work within a government-directed research environment that is unable to quantify; therefore, to recognize the value of creative research, yet which accepts the funded outcomes of post-graduate practice-based students. This study sought to unravel how artist academics from a variety of non-written creative disciplines perceive the relationships between their roles as artists, researchers and tertiary educators. Three themes were generated from interviews with the artist-academics: (a) creative research and the academy, (b) practice, research, and teaching nexus, and (c) identity. Central to the discussions was the question of whether and how creative work constitutes legitimate research.

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