The Creative Practice Circle (CPC) is a network of creative and performing arts practitioners and researchers, which was born at Charles Sturt University in 2016. Members of the group, while drawn from multiple disciplines, all do research which integrates some form of creative practice (e.g. crochet, podcasting, embroidery, poetry, collage, soil and water, textiles, pastels, radio, creative writing), either as an object of investigation, a tool for data collection or analysis, or as a lens for interpretation. Research by CPC members is also unified by a focus on the ethical and practical challenges which are facing our society and our world right now. We aim to make a lively and timely contribution to a world worth living in.
The Creative Practice Circle has emerged as an effective, nurturing and growing Community of Practice for its member researchers. Membership has expanded to include people from other universities and research organisations, as well as industry, both in Australia and internationally. Members are at all stages of their research and practice journey, from emerging to established. The group supports opportunities and pathways to publication in journals across many disciples. We aim to make significant contributions to theory and methodology for creative practice research. We hold major events annually and embark on collaborative projects that solidify and expand our networks. We especially foster respect for cross-disciplinary research and encourage hybrid practices.
We aim to draw up from our deep roots in regional Australia, geographically remote from traditional academic and artistic centres, to grow productive, often surprising, connections between marginalised peoples, places and practices. In particular, we foster and extend our existing research connections between creative practice and the natural, environmental and health sciences.
The long-term vision of the group is to be an important regional locus for research, publication, cross-pollination and collaboration in creative practice research.