Art as Research in Learning & Teaching International Conference 2016

31 August–2 September

University of Wolverhampton, Telford Innovation Campus, United Kingdom

Keynote speakers include Professor Shaun McNiff (USA), Malcolm Ross (UK), Professor Carole Gray(UK) and Professor Julian Malins (UK). The conference will be led by Professor Ross Prior of the University of Wolverhampton and Principal Editor of the Journal of Applied Arts & Health.

Join us in beautiful Shropshire, for this lively three-day international conference aimed at researchers and lecturers in Higher Education and practitioner-facilitators, particularly in the Arts, Humanities and Well-being fields.

There are many ways in which we may use art as methodology and address evidence in research using the arts. Shaun McNiff (2009: 144) directs us to the potential of the artform itself in responding to issues of research:

[…] the arts and therapy communities have historically been so thoroughly tied to traditional social science methods of research and the more general notions of scientism that we have not appreciated our own unique potential to further human understanding.


This conference is designed to hear from leaders in the field who have challenged our thinking about using art as research within education.


There are also limited places to join a masterclass with the internationally renowned and inspirational Shaun McNiff.


Call for contributions (proposals):

The call for papersnarrative sessionsworkshops and poster submissions is open (until 1 June) on the following themes:

  • Using art-based research: How are we adopting and implementing practice led principles in Arts and Humanities learning and teaching?
  • Assessment: How can we meet the assessment and feedback challenges using art-based research?
  • Involving students and others in art-based research: How can we include students in our research as co-participants?
  • Developing our practice: How do we drive our own research practice forwards; what are effective strategies for continuing professional development?
  • Technological developments: How can we use technology in our research?
  • Current issues in Learning and Teaching: How can we address current challenges in Higher Education?

Disciplines of interest: 

  • Arts
  • Art Education
  • Humanities
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Research methodology
  • Well-being
  • Art therapy
  • Applied Arts and Health

Visit the conference website here.

Please kindly share the conference web link with colleagues. We look forward to welcoming you to England’s West Midlands in August!