The Arts Research Network (ARN) sought to create links between arts practice and academic research.
The Strand Report (1998) noted that creative arts academics employed as artists achieve fewer research outcomes compared with historians or theorists of the arts.
The time other academics might devote to research and publishing was time the creative artists practiced their discipline. Little time was left for additional research and publishing as expected by many institutions.
In recognition of this dilemma, The Strand Report recommended the introduction of a 'research equivalence' category to recognise creative output.
Some universities developed a Creative and Performing Arts Index (CPAI), but this has not been mirrored by changes in research funding allocation.
Although the arts/science relationship is recognised, for example in the Clash of Cultures (1999) report celebrating achievements of the new media arts fund, and the launch of the ARC/Australia Council Synapse project (2003), tensions remain between 'academic research' and 'creative and performing arts research'.
Aspects of this issue were addressed at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) mini-conference on 'Defining the Doctorate - including Doctoral Study in the Creative and Performing Arts'.
The ARN sought to build on the arts/science advances, and the AARE discussions by identifying a synergy between arts practice and 'academic research' to mirror that being explored between art and science/technology.
Theorists and practitioners came together to explore combined approaches and paradigms for arts research.
A website was developed to provide a forum where ARN members could interact and explore ways to traverse navigate the theory/practice divide.
ARN members had access to creative artists, cultural theorists and researchers who could: inform projects by drawing from their own experiences; provide mentorship; suggest new avenues of exploration and practice; and draw from a wide pool of talented international connections.
Mr Kwaku Asomani, Edith Cowan University
Mr Andrew Brown, Queensland University of Technology
Mr Oron Catts, University of Western Australia
Associate Professor Patrick Crichton, Edith Cowan University
Associate Professor Pamela Davis, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Domenico De Clario, Edith Cowan University
Professor Ross Gibson, University of Technology Sydney
Associate Professor Tony Gould, University of Melbourne
Professor Lelia Green, Edith Cowan University
Ms Nannette Hassal, Edith Cowan University
Professor Elizabeth M. Jacka, University of Technology Sydney
Ms Lyndal Jones, Edith Cowan University
Dr Alan Mckee, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Andrew McNamara, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania
Associate Professor Mark Minchinton, Victoria University of Technology
Professor Stephen Muecke, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Adam Newcombe, Edith Cowan University
Professor Tom O'Regan, Griffith University
Mr Maxwell Pam, Edith Cowan University
Dr George Petelin, Griffith University
Dr Roslyn Petelin, University of Queensland
Professor Robyn Quin, Edith Cowan University
Professor John Rink, Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Chris Rizos, University of New South Wales
Mr Mark Ryan, Griffith University
Dr Steven Scheding, University of Sydney
Professor Andrew Schultz, University of Wollongong
Mr Stewart Smith, Edith Cowan University
Dr Jo Ann Tacchi, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Stephen Towers, Queensland University of Technology
Mr Lindsay Vickery, Edith Cowan University
Dr Suzanne Wijsman, University of Western Australia
Ms Vikki Wilson, Murdoch University