Professor Paul Gough - ‘Seeing The Woods From The Trees’ – Research Eco-System Or Academic Jungle?

Professor Paul Gough RWA is Pro Vice- Chancellor and Vice-President of RMIT University, based in Melbourne, Australia. A painter, broadcaster and writer he has exhibited globally and is represented in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, London, the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand. In addition to roles in national and international higher education, his research into the imagery of war and peace has been presented to audiences throughout the world. In addition to an exhibiting record he has published a monograph on Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere, in 2006; A Terrible Beauty: British Artists in the First World War in 2010, and Your Loving Friend, the edited correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute, in 2011. Books on the street artist Banksy were published in 2012, and on painters John and Paul Nash in 2014.

Through a set of mild provocations Paul Gough will explore the challenges of articulating practice as research, the potential perils of inter-disciplinary activity, and the rich rewards of research evaluation. There will be a sharing of some lessons learned but often forgotten the next day.

From The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy - A Symposium. 19th — 21st of March 2015.