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Interweaving in hybrid methodologies

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posted on 14.07.2015, 10:17 authored by Deborah HartyDeborah Harty, Phil Sawdon
The paper will consider instances of the interweaving of theory and practice within drawing research, in order to suggest potential approaches to the development of hybrid methodologies in fine art practice-led research. The paper is written from the position of two current supervisors and creative research collaborators: Deborah Harty and Phil Sawdon (aka humhyphenhum from 2007), who historically were supervisee/supervisor. The paper will make reference to Harty’s experience as a PhD researcher undertaking practice-led research within a fine art context (completed 2010) and supervised by Sawdon. A discussion of Harty’s hybrid methodology: action theoria, will provide an instance of the interweaving of theory and practice. Action theoria incorporates the cyclical and iterative process of action research – intention; action; review – with a process of theoria – the dialogue of both practice and theory’s relationship to a given subject matter. Following this, the paper will discuss the interweaving of action theoria into humhyphenhum’s collaborative research methodology: meaningful play. This interwoven methodology evolved during collaborative practice-led research projects from 2005 to the present. The paper will make reference to several of humhyphenhum’s projects as a means to identify the interweaving of theory and practice within collaborative research. As current supervisors (2015), the paper will conclude with a discussion of how reflection on these experiences has informed our position as supervisors. We will consider, for example, how this has impacted on our ability, as individual supervisors, to offer insights into the interweaving of theory and practice, without defaulting to the position of compelling our supervisees to adopt our methodology.



  • The Arts, English and Drama


  • Arts

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Journal of Visual Arts Practice


HARTY, P.J. and SAWDON, P.J., 2016. Interweaving in hybrid methodologies. Journal of Visual Art Practice, 15(1), pp.30-40.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Visual Art Practice on 22 March 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14702029.2016.1141559.