Research in the creative arts and industries, and in the creative economy, includes empirical, qualitative and quantitative methodology and output as well as practice-based research in the disciplines involved. These disciplines include visual art and sculpture, installation, socially engaged art, film and media, digital materials and outputs and theatre works and multimedia productions, music performance and composition. Practice based research in Shetland UHI embraces a deep, critical narrative outlining and analysing the creative imperatives, the new knowledge created and the impact on society and communities.
Our research is deeply involved with the local context and builds on the islands’ cultural heritage, such as textiles, storytelling and music, while also working in response to contemporary issues such as social justice and climate change. Researchers work across a range of contemporary disciplines in art and design, including painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and new media. They have established working partnerships with organisations working in the creative and cultural economy and significant involvement with the local community.