July 9, 2020

The Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research


Courtesy of ELIA.

The discipline of Artistic Research has developed rapidly over the past 20 years. Despite these advancements, in many countries the significance of practice-based or practice-led research in the arts is still not fully recognised.

The Vienna Declaration is the first outcome of a continuing collaboration between organisations and transnational networks dealing with Artistic Research at a European level and beyond. This crucial policy document asserts the importance and value of Artistic Research, presenting a frame through which it should exist.

Andrea B. Braidt, President of ELIA and Chair of the ELIA Artistic Research Platform paid tribute to the declaration and the positive impact it carries with it, saying:

“With the Vienna Declaration, all stakeholders invested in Artistic Research have formulated a policy paper with considerable impact. For the first time we speak with one voice, addressing the need for funding schemes on a European level, stressing the necessity for third cycle education in Artistic Research in every country, and the proper recognition of this innovative and high-level output discipline in the Frascati Manual. The Vienna Declaration establishes a voice for Artistic Research in Europe that will be heard.”

The Vienna Declaration was co-written by the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), CILECT/GEECT (the International Association of Film and Television Schools), Culture Action Europe (CAE), Cumulus, the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), the European League for Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM), EQ-ARTS, MusiQuE and the Society for Artistic Research (SAR).

Read the Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research

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