This exhibition was part of the NWCDTP annual conference held at Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester Metropolitan University. The overall title and theme of the conference was;

Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference

‘Creative Humanities: Thinking, Making and Meaning’

19th and 20th October 2016 : Royal Northern College of Music.

Here’s some more information regarding the ideas surrounding the conference:

The AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership annual conference will take place at Royal Northern College of Music from 19th – 20th October 2016. The conference will bring together the new intake of postgraduates, current PhD students and academic staff from different backgrounds, providing a fantastic opportunity to present and discuss their work in a supportive environment. We welcome proposals for presentations of research from all disciplines within arts and humanities. We are particularly excited to request proposals for creative activities or workshops.

As transdisciplinary research, public engagement and creative partnerships come to the forefront in academia, the demand on researchers is to explore new ways of writing, interpreting, approaching and creating meaning. The idea of ‘creative thinking’ can on the one hand be associated with a business mode of production and innovation, but also present a potential avenue for alternative methods and approaches to research. Creative thinking can link to the practice based/led study of ‘making meaning’ through film, visual art, non-fiction writing, music and performance, or present inventive, original approaches to data collection, observations, mapping and surveying. Often, these methods of enquiry cross over disciplines, can involve collaboration with participants outside of academia and result in the formation of new modes of exploration. The aim of this conference is to explore and analyze these new approaches to creative thinking and making meaning in relation to our current economic climate and contemporary practices within academia.


The exhibition supports this methods and practice discussion through practice based PhD work.

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