The articulation of the value of artistic research is one of ELIA’s priorities. ELIA had a fundamental role in the implementation of the Bologna process in higher arts education institutions.  More recently, ELIA set up a working group revolving around artistic research. 

On behalf of ELIA, the working group developed a position paper on artistic doctorates, which was presented at the ELIA Biennial Conference 2016 in Florence. More about it here below.aims to give recognition to artistic doctorates at a European and national level.
Furthermore, the working group have identified other priorities, which aim to continue the work undertaken during one of ELIA’s past projects, SHARE, and strengthen its network.

The following individuals are members of the working group:

Andrea Braidt (Chair), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 
Peter Dejans, Orpheus Institute
Cecilie Broch Knudsen, Norwegian Artistic Research Programme
Anna Daucikova, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
Henry Rogers, The Glasgow School of Art
Claus Peder Pedersen, Aarhus School of Architecture
Florian Dombois, Zurich University of the Arts - ZHdK
Maria Hansen, ELIA Office

In June 2017, the working group suffered the loss of one of its members, Johan Verbeke, Aarhus School of Architecture and KU Leuven

The ‘Florence Principles’ On the Doctorate in the Arts

The 'Florence Principles' position paper was presented by Andrea Braidt (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), chair of the working group, during the 14th ELIA Biennial Conference in Florence. It is intended as a position paper on the doctorate in the arts.

It is formulated as a point of reference for policymakers, university leaders, curriculum designers and research funding agencies. It is addressed to universities of art and science alike, helping the former to secure recognition for their endeavors (with national funding bodies, legislature, etc.) and helping the latter to learn about the research developments within the art university sector. 

You can find the digital version of the paper here: The 'Florence Principles' On the Doctorate of the Arts

Photo credit: Naima Miriam Savioli




SHARE stands for Step-change for Higher Arts Research and Education and was  an international networking project, comprising 39 partners working together on enhancing the ‘3rd cycle’ of arts research and education. It created a Europe-wide exchange framework for the widely different experiences, practices and ideas that make up the lively domain of artistic and cultural research.
SHARE worked across a wide spectrum of creative cultural practices including visual and performing arts, music, design and media.
ELIA and GradCAM Dublin jointly coordinated it and the European Commission selected the project for structural funding over the period of 2010-2013. SHARE was co-funded by the EU through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency through the ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Programme.

SHARE consisted of three networks working independently:
  • A network of existing graduate schools developed innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches and programmes, building upon the current European Artistic Research Network.
  • A newly formed network for developing 3rd cycle education, provided information, support and a collaboration base for programmes in the start-up phase.
  • A network of researchers and supervisors, continued expanding the EUFRAD forum for research degrees in arts and design.

Further working groups were concerned with the validation, advocacy, and dissemination of artistic research; conferences took place in Copenhagen, London, Brussels and Aarhus. 

All working groups and networks contributed to the final book publication in 2013, which you can read here.

For more information and resources visit the SHARE network website.


The SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education

The SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education is the outcome of three years of hard and rewarding work by SHARE.

The SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education is a poly-vocal document, designed as a contribution to the field of artistic research education from an organisational, procedural and practical standpoint. As a provisional disclosure of the state of the art within specific constituencies, this publication seeks to be serviceable to many different agendas and projects, and it attempts to do this by demonstrating the lived contradictions of what is simultaneously both an emerging and fully formed domain of research education.

Edited by Mick Wilson and Schelte van Ruiten the Handbook features contributions from:
Henk Borgdorff, Anna Daucaíková, Scott deLahunta, ELIA, James Elkins, Bojan Gorenec, Johan A Haarberg, Efva Lilja, Steven Henry Madoff, Leandro Madrazo, Nina Malterud, Ruth Mateus-Berr
Alen Ozbolt, John Rajchman, Matthias Tarasiewicz, Andris Teikmanis
Johan Verbeke

Copies can be ordered by contacting ELIA Office at info[at] The price of the book is 25 euro + shipping. 


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