Research in Practice

I am an Arts and Project Management MA student at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, which is part of Birmingham City University. Arts and Project Management refers to the planning and the organising of projects, events and event programmes within the Creative Industries.

The Creative Industries are described, by the UK, as:

Those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property.[1]

I have worked with “not-for-profit” and “for-profit” organisations  and would like to manage Arts events which involve Arts&Crafts, Gigs, Cultural experiences, Storytelling, Galleries, Theatres, Cultural planning or Arts Education. Of course, I am only at the beginning of my research here and am open to any opportunities which will give me a bit of experience and adventure!

I have started this blog as part of my Research in Practice module, (A blog as homework. Ace!). Putting my research into practice means I can both study ‘Managing Events and Project Management’ and observe what the benefits or flaws of certain theories might be in a practical, working environment.

The principle element of this module is that I complete an internship. I’m doing two. I am interning once a week at New Art Gallery Walsall and once a week with the Traditional Arts Team. I will be making a comparative study of these two Arts organisations.

Nota bene

– Most of these posts contain hyperlinks so you can follow them to find out more information such as YouTube videos of Bob&Roberta Smith or a Wikipedia entry about Ken Robinson, for example.

– HRJ stands for Hand-written Reflective Journal.

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