Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts

About

The Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Sussex works to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to connect current work and thinking in the creative and performing arts.

The Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts works to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and to connect current work and thinking in the creative and performing arts with research across all Schools at the University of Sussex. It seeks to enable practitioners, scholars and theorists to work together on projects producing new experience, new knowledge and new understanding in creative disciplines. The Centre also works to create a culture for direct work by practice-led researchers, and for others whose work may be informed or enriched by creative and performing arts practices.

The Centre provides a focus for current disciplinary strengths as well as new interdisciplinary initiatives both within the University and with a broad range of external partners, building on links already established. It is aligned with the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts: the ACCA Creative Director is a member of the CRCPA’s steering group. It promotes an environment for research across all disciplines at the University of Sussex, opening up a space for collaboration across the arts, sciences and social sciences, as realised through drama, music, performance, film, visual and sound arts, and curating. The Centre welcomes postgraduate research students and independent researchers to its forums.

A distinctive concern of the Centre is its focus on interdisciplinarity as a subject for enquiry in its own right; we are interested in looking at how creative arts can be used across other research strands, thus defining it as a method of research. 

The Centre works to support and encourage close partnerships with a wide range of creative arts organisations and creative practitioners who are keen to collaborate to mutual benefit, especially where clearly articulated research projects can be established.