Arts intervention

Artists take an academic approach to their work

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A trio of leading Scottish artists is crossing over into the world of academia in a bid to reinvigorate the way in which the arts are taught at higher education institutions.

Musician and composer Peter Dowling and performance practitioner Adrian Howells have been appointed Creative and Performing Arts Fellows at the University of Glasgow, in a scheme inaugurated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The pair, who are the only artists to receive these awards in Scotland this year, aim to break the tradition of theory-only education in the arts, integrating performance into the research process.

Meanwhile, artist and theatre designer Minty Donald is continuing her AHRC fellowship in conjunction with the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow’s theatre studies department.

Donald has said of her experience: ‘These fellowships not only benefit the institutions the artists are based at but also help develop the work of the individual and enhance their skills and profile.’

Dowling, who will be focusing on composition and collaboration via the use of new performance technologies, also welcomes the exciting opportunity: ‘I intend to be very visible - presenting new work in and around the university and city throughout my research project, and taking the results to international audiences as well.’

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