Wild Life: Practice-led Research in Performing Arts

We will be reckless, tender, and rough. We will run, sweat, and rest. We will be quiet, loud, slow, fast, still, and always moving. We will carry, hold, and fling. We are asking what it is to be wild. We would like to know about it with our bodies – alone, together, and with what […]

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Celtic Connections: Playing & Learning at the opening concert

This month sees Glasgow’s renowned Celtic Connections festival take shape, with audiences and artists from both around the world and closer to home. This year’s opening concert is a celebration of the work of the late Martyn Bennett (1971-2005), one of Scotland’s great musical innovators, on the 10th anniversary of his early death from Hodgkin’s […]

Unmasking the Classics: A new perspective on Greek theatre

Imagine watching an ancient Greek play that hasn’t been seen for over 2,000 years. For the first time, a project in the College of Arts has recreated Greek theatre masks directly from ancient objects allowing us to understand the crucial role they played in ancient drama. After playing to an audience in Syracuse, the ancient […]

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Exchanging Affective Knowledge: Burning the Circle

Our walk begins at Brodick beach just as the sun sets and ends on a field at the foot of Goat Fell. We transition from the sea to the sky. The first thing we ask the spectators to do is to listen to the wind and the waves, to become aware of the sight of […]

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Walking Interconnections: Researching the Lived Experience of Disabled People for a Sustainable Society

Walking Interconnections is a collaborative research project that I have been engaged in over the past year, working with a team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and the West of England – Dr. Sue Porter, Dr. Shawn Sobers and Dr. Suze Adams. Importantly, the project also involved 19 co-researchers drawn from across the […]

Performing Arts: Ruins to Opera

Performing Arts in the College of Arts is about music and movement, the old and the new. We write fresh, up-to-date translations of ancient plays for new audiences, and produce innovative works of art to be performed in public. We are inspired by ruins to question the passing of time through text and image, and […]

Engaging the Public with Performing Arts

Claire Booth as Ellida in Craig Armstrong’s The Lady from the Sea. Credit Richard Campbell. The performing arts are inescapably social and public. The performing arts presume the presence of an audience – an exchange between performer and witness. Further, theatre-making is, generally, a collaborative process involving actors, directors, writers, technicians, designers, managers and many […]

50 Years of Digital in the College of Arts

There are some truly first class research projects within the College of Arts that have a sizable digital component and Arts researchers have been engaging with digital technologies for a long time – a quite surprisingly long time, in fact. The earliest digital research project in the College that we know of took place way […]

The Cultural Significance of Digital Developments and Gaming

It’s difficult to think of a popular, contemporary cultural form that hasn’t been affected, often in some fundamental way, by digital technology. The means by which cultural content is delivered has certainly been transformed by digital technology: whether you’re reading a novel on your Kindle, listening to music via Spotify or streaming a movie from […]

Digital Developments in the College of Arts

In the College of Arts, we’re pretty switched on. While our research often looks back to our cultural traditions and heritage, our research methods and collaborations are firmly in the twenty first century. We work with teams of experts across Europe on creating digital content, preserving blogs, and archiving data. We have worked with local […]