About EARN


EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.

Nameless Science, Apexart, NY, 2008

Network Aims

The European Art Research Network (EARN) is a network of artists, researchers, educators, research leaders, and their host institutions established in 2004 in order to:

(i) share and exchange knowledge and experience in respect of artistic research, with particular reference to the development of postgraduate programmes
(ii) foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among researchers, artists, educators and across diverse institutions and cultures
(iii) develop and promote platforms for the wider dissemination of artistic research
(iv) enable global connectivity for artistic research while respecting the diversity of paradigms, models, and cultures of art research

Artistic Research

The term ‘artistic research’* broadly describes research which entails actual practice within the arts. The network is not limited by a single model of artistic research but based on a pragmatic recognition that research which entails actual practice within the arts is a specific and dynamic space of cultural creativity. This allows of a range of models, interpretations and paradigms (practice-led research, practice-based research, art research, research in and through the arts, etc.) while establishing a shared core concern with research grounded in actual art practices.

These models range from institutional constructions such as the AHRC’s – ‘Research in which the professional and/or creative practices of art… play an instrumental part in an inquiry’ – to independent expert constructions, such as Hannula et al’s description – ‘Artistic research means that the artist produces an art work and researches the creative process, thus adding to the accumulation of knowledge.’ (Hannula et al, 2005. p. 5.) The network seeks to explore these different conceptions and modalities of artistic research and to enable exchange and critical dialogue across these different paradigms. It does this in order to enhance the international research environment and to support researchers in the development of creative work.

*NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY: The terms “artistic research” and “art research” are used as synonyms with reference to research ‘in and through’ the creative arts. Both “artistic research” and “art research” are employed as distinct from the broader category of the (university) “arts” – e.g., “arts & humanities”. “Artistic research” and “art research” are used to emphasize an orientation to research that is primarily rooted in actual artistic practice.

Network Activities

The network operates through a variety of means including regular international working-group meetings, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences, winter/summer-school programmes, exhibitions, and publications. For more see our events page…

Network Members

Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts, University fo the Arts

Utrecht, MaHKU, Graduate School of Visual Art and Design

Vienna, Akademie der bildenden Künste

Malmö Art Academy, Lund University

London, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

Venice, Università Iuav di Venezia

Gothenburg, Valand Academy of Arts, University of Gothenburg

Brussels, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas

Leeds, Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Art, University of Leeds

Dublin, Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM)

about the website

This website is hosted and maintained by EARN by researchers based at the Valand Acdemy of Arts (2012-obling) and previously through the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin (2008-2012). It has been established through the support of the HEA PRTLI Cycle 4 programme.


Part of the content generated for this website, and part of the EARN programme in 2010 has been enabled through support from the EC-EACEA “Artist as Citizen” Project. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The EARN programme, this website and associated publications and communications reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained herein. This project has been realized with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

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