Writing and the PhD in fine art

Macleod, Katy and Holdridge, Lin (2011) Writing and the PhD in fine art. In: Biggs, Michael and Karlsson, Henrik, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 353-367. (Routledge Companions) ISBN 9780415581691


This book chapter addresses the role of writing in the formulation of a PhD in Fine Art. It proposes that writing is part of a negotiation between setting out the thesis as research proof and critical engagement with it through conceiving and making art. Through brief but detailed analyses of PhDs in the field it adumbrates how the role of the researcher is embedded in the enquiry and that this is essential to a research process where the artist researcher is in pursuit of further art research contingent on the changed and changing conditions effected by the current research project.

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