Image: Carol McGregor, 2020, Wreath for Oodgeroo, possum skins, charcoal, ochre, binder medium, waxed thread, 180 x 150cm

The Creative Arts Research Institute

Situated on the lands of the Turrubul and Jaggera people, the Creative Arts Research Institute (CARI) is an opportunity for imagining, making, and thinking in the arts.

Drawing on expertise in music, performing arts, visual arts, design, film and gaming, our research is articulated through practice and theory, doing and writing, experimentation and reflection. We share this work in our communities of practice, through our cultural institutions, and in a variety of publications.

Grappling with many of the most complex questions of our time, interdisciplinary artistic approaches can offer new innovative solutions and creative pathways forward. CARI is proud to pioneer and progress this creative turn at Griffith University.

What we represent

CARI represents the collective voice of creative arts research at Griffith University, establishing opportunities for meaningful engagement with industry and communities, through local and international partnerships, towards a culture of excellence, rigour and risk-taking in arts-based research.

Our commitment

CARI is committed to the ongoing development of cultural competencies in its members, building relationships with and celebrating diverse creative cultural research and practices of First Peoples. We aim to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment to seek new possibilities, transform practices and collaborate with our communities.


As the collective voice of creative arts research at Griffith University, we represent research from the Queensland Conservatorium, Queensland College of Art, and Griffith Film School.

Image credit (left): Louise Harvey, 2012, Leap of Faith.

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Our researchers span across fields such as film and screen media, music, performing arts, visual arts, and design, with projects often crossing these fields and more. Our interdisciplinary approach to research helps us examine culture and society and create applied research outcomes.

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Events and news

Creative Arts Research Institute began on 1 July 2021. We will be curating a program of annual events, including performances, screenings, exhibitions, festivals, conferences, specialist workshops, gatherings and lectures.

Keep up with our latest news and events, get involved on social media and subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Upcoming events

Karen Stone heads to Gympie Regional Gallery

DVA Candidate Karen Stone is participating in a group exhibition at Gympie Regional Gallery. The exhibition titled, making paper / making art: contemporary artists engaging critical issues through papermaking, is running from 3 June to 22 July and includes nine artists who are either teaching at QCA, postgraduate/undergraduate alumni, or current HDR candidates.

Artists: Grace Cuell, Ana Paula Estrada, Fiona Foley, Tim Mosely, Jungha Park, Annique Goldenberg, Sidonie Hall-Jordan, Pamela See, Karen Stone

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Group exhibition success for HDR Candidate

HDR Candidate Annique Goldenberg has been invited to be in three group exhibitions that open this month:

  • Women Artists in the Arctic, Espace des Femmes, Paris, France. Curator Dr Barbara Crawford.
  • making paper / making art, Gympie Regional Gallery.
  • PIVOT II, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane. Curator Alicia Hollier.

Annique has also been accepted as a presenter at Artlands 21 in Tasmania.

Storytelling and inter-generational learning

PhD Candidate Sancintya Mohini-Simpson is one of thirteen artists who consider diverse approaches to the environment, storytelling and inter-generational learning through their works in The National 2021 at the MCA in Sydney.

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‘Pronounced á-nem-oy’

PhD Candidate Aaron Perkins’ show ‘Pronounced á-nem-oy’ that will be exhibited from 2-20 June at the Jan Manton Gallery.

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ARTFORUM mention

Mandy Quadrio’s work in the TarraWarra Biennial 2021 has been mentioned in ARTFORUM:

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Griffith University Creative and Performing Arts Forum for Inquiry

Theme: Inquiry as Intervention: Confronting Injustice, Enacting Change

Friday 27 August 2021, QCGU (Room TBA)

Guest Speaker: Professor Dan Harris, RMIT, Melbourne

While many of us engage in inquiry to change the world, the urgency of this work has been heightened by the acceleration and intensification of the climate and ecological crises, inter-ethnic tensions, religious intolerance, political populism, systemic racism, homophobia and transphobia, gender inequality, injustices in education, and nationalist rhetoric since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arts present new and exciting possibilities for engaging with the ontology and epistemology of inquiry in ways that allow for conceiving of inquiry as a process of sense-making but also one of world-making. In 2021, we will launch the annual Griffith University Creative and Performing Arts Forum for Inquiry, an annual HDR-led un-conference for the celebration of, and interrogation into, new ways of doing and thinking about inquiry.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Country on which we live and work. We recognise their continuing connection to place and culture, and pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.