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.
Image: Heather Faulkner, In Transit, 2013, digital photograph
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.
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
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.
Image: QCA artists, Body Politic (installation view), 2015, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, USA
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.
December 18, 2018
On a mission to save Cambodia’s musical heritage
Griffith creative arts lecturers have collaborated on a stunning new book that documents Cambodia's musical heritage.
November 22, 2018
Griffith students go behind the scenes at GOMA
Queensland College of Art students have received an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at the blockbuster Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art – spending several days installing work at the Gallery of Modern Art alongside artists and curators. Once in a lifetime experience Qu...
November 06, 2018
Photography lecturer recognised for work in Cambodia
For Griffith students studying abroad, the destination isn't a place, but a new way of seeing things. One of the university's most successful short-term mobility programs is the annual photography in-field trip to Cambodia, where students spend time on assignment with local NGOs to capture the count...
October 30, 2018
QCA showcases graduating talent
The Queensland College of Art Graduate Exhibitions are a must-see for art lovers on the lookout for the “next big thing”. The Queensland College of Art will open its doors to the public this week for a series of exhibitions featuring the work of its graduating students. The annual QCA Showcase will ...
Tess Mehonoshen, Untitled (Artist Book), 2015. Exhibited at abbe (artist books brisbane event) in 'Inflection' 2015, GCCAR, Brisbane