Valuing Arts and Arts Research

14th November 2019

Research paper published by the Valuing Nature Programme as part of their Demystifying Series.

We live in a period of unprecedented environmental change that demands us to completely re-think the ways we collaborate in doing research and evolve our systems of governance and economics. Informed decisions require the integration of knowledge from different perspectives, and the participation of diverse stakeholders including civic society. Navigating multiple types of value in the study of natural environments can challenge assumptions, change attitudes and ultimately improve our decisions, in often unexpected ways.

This report provides an account of what creative practice has brought and can bring to research. It aims to endorse existing practices and trigger new thinking in doing research related to landscapes and environments, and their associated ecologies and management, by revealing the ways in which artists can operate as researchers, either independently or as part of multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary teams. It also addresses issues of the relationships between artist and non-artist researchers and offers positive suggestions about what arts research can bring to inter- and trans-disciplinary research contexts.

Ideas presented in the report have been informed by exchanges between academics and professionals, from the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, as well representatives from policy and practice interested in the contribution of the arts in landscape, environmental, and valuing nature research agendas. Insights have been instigated by discussions that took place during the AALERT (Arts and Artists in Landscape and Environmental Research Today) workshop held at the National Gallery, London in February 2018 and funded jointly by Valuing Nature and the Landscape Research Group.

Read the full report here.

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