Laini Burton, BELT 2014. Polyamide, Arylic Mirror, Silk.

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.

Research Strengths

Carol McGregor The Art of Skins

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.

Members who work in this area include: Robert Andrew, Bianca Beetson, Andrew Gall, Dale Harding, Carol McGregor, Jason Murphy, Ryan Presley, Mandy Quadrio, Tristan Schultz and Venessa Starzynski.

Andrew Brown live coding

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.

Members who work in this area include: Andrew Brown, Ming Cheung, Beck Davis, Daniel Della-Bosca, Seth Ellis, Louise Harvey, Tim MarshGordon Moyes, Jason Nelson, Dale Patterson and Sue Swinburne.

Heather Faulkner Gertrude

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.

Image: Heather Faulkner, In Transit, 2013, digital photograph

Trish FitzSimons Overhanging Trees

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.

Members who work in this area include: Debra Beattie, Heather FaulknerTrish Fitzsimons, Peter Hegedus,  Chari Larsson.

Image: courtesy of Trish FitzSimons.

Meet our experts

We have more than 60 research staff who help make up the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research

Queensland College of Art


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.

Russell Craig Exhibition


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.

Image: QCA artists, Body Politic (installation view), 2015, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, USA

DIG Tokyo 2016 workshop

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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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Tess Mehonoshen, Untitled (Artist Book), 2015. Exhibited at abbe (artist books brisbane event) in 'Inflection' 2015, GCCAR, Brisbane