The Nomadic Salon Symposium

Wednesday 25th June, 2014
9.30am – 4.00pm
National Glass Centre, Sunderland

We are delighted to invite you to join the first Nomadic Salon Symposium, a day of informal presentations and open, critical discussions for students, research staff and creative professionals undertaking practice-led research in the UK.

The Nomadic Salon Symposium is a roaming discussion platform that seeks to critically interrogate practice-led research methodologies across creative disciplines, sharing thoughts between professionals, academics and student researchers working in Fine Art, Design, New Media and Curation

Over the last four months the Nomadic Salon ( has been to Culture Lab (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), Featherstone Castle (Northumberland) and Thinking Digital Arts (, platforming innovative and exciting practice-led research methodologies in range of context from the digital, to the rural, to the curatorial.

The symposium day is an opportunity to meet other practice-led researchers: student, staff and professionals for an informal, open discussion, that will forge new links and understanding, and share best practice.

The morning will start with a Design focussed Nomadic Salon event. Four practice-led Design PhD students will give short presentations on the methodologies they use in their practice-led research, this will be followed by a conversation in the round. During this discussion we will broaden the conversation out and introduce some of the other learning and ideas that have been showcased through the previous Nomadic Salon events. This will be an open conversation and an opportunity to share your own experiences of practice-led research.

After lunch we will have a tour of NGC, it’s an amazing building if you’ve never been. This will segue nicely into the afternoon session which will be centered on the organisations that support practice-led research.

The Nomadic Salon so far has been focussed on the methodologies employed by individual student practice-led researchers. For the afternoon session we invite research staff and students and creative practitioners from across the country to join in a discussion about how different organisations are supporting practice-led research.

A small pot of funding is available to support travel to Sunderland from outside of the North East.

For further information please contact
Suzy O’Hara
or Lucy Livingstone

Places are free but limited to 25, please sign up (via to guarantee attendance

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