Exploring new creative modes through practice-based research
The Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research (GCCAR) was established in 2014 to build Griffith’s reputation as a national leader in creative arts research, including: art history and theory, fine arts, design, photography, film, animation, interactive media and games design.
Members of the centre are committed to producing outstanding research that breaks new ground and gives form to contemporary experience. The quality of our research has been acknowledged through the award of national prizes, competitive grants and major commissions.
An important role of the Centre is to facilitate, encourage and co-ordinate multi-disciplinary interaction: between the various creative disciplines, and with other disciplines, Institutes and Centres within the Arts, Education and Law (AEL) group, the University, and more widely.
Aboriginal Art, Design, and Media
Research by our artists and designers draws attention to historical, cultural and political events and practices that have been ignored and buried by Australian colonial histories. Our researchers produce highly engaging and innovative work that engages diverse audiences in the important program of national reconciliation. Outstanding alumni include Tracey Moffatt, Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert and Gordon Hookey.
Interactivity, Technology and User Experience
Research in the faculty on interactivity spans the disciplines of design, art, film, games and media. Scholars consider topics such as: the drastic changes to communication wrought by digital technology, the agency of technology, digital poetry and user experience.
Gender, Sexuality, and Identity
Identity is a perennial and important subject matter for art, film and design. Our researchers examine issues such as the depiction of the self, the rise of the selfie, portraiture and self portraiture, trans identity, and race, class, age and gender in film and art production.
Members who work in this area include:: James Barth, Susan Best, Laini Burton, Rae Cooper, Deborah Eddy, Heather Faulkner, Elisabeth Findlay, Julie Fragar, Louise Mayhew, David Sargent, Tyza Stewart, Justene Williams and Jay Younger.
Documentary, Historiography and Archives
Critically examining how history is constructed is fundamental to this research strength. Across a range of media—film, photography, exhibitions and art historiography—our researchers interrogate narratives of nation, war, progress, and art.
Meet our experts
We have more than 60 research staff who help make up the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research
GCCAR has close internal partnerships with the Queensland College of Art and Griffith Film School. The Centre also complements Griffith’s long-established Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre.
Our external partnerships include Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), State Library of Queensland – QUT, UQ & QAGOMA (Brisbane Consortium), Museum of Brisbane, and Screen Queensland.
Becoming a research candidate with the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research gives you the opportunity to work beside some of the best creative arts researchers in the country.
Our researchers have access to exhibitions and exhibition spaces, grants, resources, training, scholarships, awards, and many other opportunities.
News and Events
Activities within GCCAR are diverse, from international conferences, to 3D printing master classes and workshops, the Centre plays a broad role across the creative research landscape.
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Becoming a research candidate with the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research gives you the opportunity to work beside some of the best creative arts researchers in the country. Find out more about how to apply for research degrees, explore potential supervisors at our centre and scholarly resources and training.
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Queensland College of Art student Ronda Sharpe enlisted the help of Griffith University's IT team to help create her entry for this year's Swell Sculpture Festival - using hundreds of old data cables to create part of a stunning collaborative work.
Art alumnus takes out national award
Queensland College of Art alumnus Madeleine Kelly has won the $25,000 Sunshine Coast Art Prize for her stunning abstract work, Allowable Forms and Unconscious Facts. The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The award is open to an...
July 29, 2018
Griffith showcases creative arts on world stage
Griffith University will showcase its creative arts offerings at the George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia next month. The Arts, Education and Law Group (AEL) are presenting The Griffith Creative Arts Room as part of the month-long celebration of arts and culture, which attracts more than a milli...
June 18, 2018
Griffith makes Australian top 10 on research publication rankings
Griffith University is in the top ten of Australian institutions according to a new performance measure ranking universities on a range of published research criteria.
Tess Mehonoshen, Untitled (Artist Book), 2015. Exhibited at abbe (artist books brisbane event) in 'Inflection' 2015, GCCAR, Brisbane