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Academic Research | Jan 2018

Art, Science and Organizational Interactions: Exploring the Value of Artist Residencies on Campus

View on campus, University of Stirling, Scotland. Image courtesy of University of Stirling

Curated by Giorgia Gandolfini


The study examines how an artist residency at an aquaculture institute within an university setting creates value. Dr Boram Lee, lecturer at the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK), and her team found that the residency, initially regarded as ‘risk-taking’ by both artist and the institute, created unexpected opportunities stemming from the synergies between art and science. The team found that ‘new ways of seeing’ aquaculture science resulted in the creation of aesthetic, emotional, environmental, educational and social values embracing the intrinsic, instrumental, and organizational levels. The team also found that the lack of available time for the academic staff and financial support for the artist, however, need to be addressed in order to achieve the residency’s full potential. In addition to the arguments for art-based initiatives generally, the team suggests that artist residencies, if planned thoughtfully, have the potential to create an innovative and creative culture on campus and beyond.

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