Creative Arts Practice

Creative Arts Practices are integrated into a range of research activities and themes across all disciplines in Trinity: Humanities, Engineering, Science and Medicine. Practice-led research and Research-led practice are becoming more prevalent in both the humanities and the sciences. While research and creative arts practice have common aspirations, they also share complementary activities and can benefit both intellectually and culturally through integration.

The primary mission of the Creative Arts Practice research theme is to generate collaboration between researchers of and with creative arts practices, not only across disciplines but also across methodologies of approaches to research, with a view to creating new forms of art as well as knowledge, and in contexts not necessarily the preserve of the arts at all. The future of creative arts practices in the 21st century will be determined by and disseminated through multi-platform approaches to research and development, and thus the creative arts need to speak to audiences across all platforms. Further, with the creative arts reaching new platforms they will be positioned to instigate challenges and opportunities for new thinking, new processes, new formats, and new applications.

The Creative Arts Practice research theme seeks to transform how research is conducted at Trinity College, to challenge researchers to think creatively using creative arts methodologies, and to inspire new approaches to tackling societal challenges, especially in areas where creative arts have little or no tradition of impact in Ireland, such as in health provision, social inclusion, and educational practice. The theme also aims to impact the built environment of Trinity College and to stimulate creative thinking among its researchers through encounters with the creative arts.

Research Institutes / Centres

Centre for Literary Translation

CONNECT/CTVR The Telecommunications Research Centre

Oscar Wilde Centre

Samuel Beckett Centre


Featured Publications & Research Outputs

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Featured Trinity Researchers


Brian Singleton

  • Co-Theme Champion and main contact
  • Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies
  • School of Drama, Film & Music

Linda Doyle

  • Co-Theme Champion and main contact
  • Director of CONNECT/CTVR and Professor of Engineering and the Arts
  • School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Carmel O’Sullivan

  • Professor of Arts Education
  • School of Education

Evangelia Rigaki

Evangelia Rigaki

  • Professor of Composition, Instrumental Theatre
  • School of Drama, Film & Music


John Dinsmore

  • Health Innovation Lead
  • Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation

Peter Arnds

Peter Arnds

  • Professor in Comparative Literature
  • School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Desmond O Neill

Desmond O'Neill

  • Professor of Medical Gerontology
  • School of Medicine

Nicholas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson

  • Assistant Professor in Drama
  • School of Drama, Film & Music

Philip Coleman

Philip Coleman

  • Associate Professor of English, Literary Arts Officer
  • School of English

Catherine Conlon

Catherine Conlon

  • Assistant Professor of Social Studies
  • School of Social Work and Social Policy

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