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Research evidence for grants and promotion

A 'how to' guide on information and tools for capturing evidence of, and describing, research outputs.

Creative and practice-based outputs

Creative and practice-based outputs may provide additional evidence of research quality and/or research capacity. These measures may be relevant for grant applications and academic promotion applications.

To build a story (narrative) of your creative and practice-based outputs it is recommended that you keep a listing of relevant measures, including activity related to the output, date, and relevance to your research.

The following 'Types of creative and practice-based outputs' box highlights creative and practice-based outputs that include creative writing, exhibitions, live performances, music compositions, recordings and visual art. These examples are not exhaustive and are a guide only.

Types of creative and practice-based outputs

Creative writing

Creative writing can include fiction, play scripts, short stories, art reviews, essays, poetry and other literary works. Evidence can include: 

  • Publication by major academic or commercial presses, galleries or museums 
  • Inclusion on university or school reading lists & library holdings
  • Commissioning or funding by a distinguished public or private body  
  • New editions or translations
  • Awards, short-listing, prizes, honours, etc. judged by a panel of peers
  • Substantial reviews of the work written by peers in the field and published
  • Information about any accompanying work (performance of a play script, production of a screenplay).

Adapted from: Impact of non-traditional research outputs, University of Queensland, under a Creative Commons Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

 

Example statement

"Three of my poems have been published in highly respected  Australian  publications and venues  including Australian Poetry  Journal, Red Room Poetry online and Spineless Wonders.  My poem titled ‘X’ was commissioned and selected by  world-renowned  poet and scholar John Kinsella.  An additional poem titled ‘X’ was  commissioned after being shortlisted for the [insert year] Red Room Poetry Fellowship. This poem was then  selected for re-publication in [insert year] Australian Poetry Anthology." (source: Author, 22 December 2023)

Exhibitions

Exhibitions can include curation and/or production of creative works or artefacts exhibited in a recognised gallery, museum or similar venue. They can also include curation and/or production of online based content such as digital repositories, interactive and searchable databases and digital reference works. Evidence can include:

  • Exhibition or presentation of creative works recognised as significant by peers in the discipline 
  • Commissioning/funding of event/exhibition by a distinguished public or private body
  • Awards, short-listing, prizes, honours, etc. judged by a panel of peers
  • Sales/box office ratings data for film, ticketed art exhibitions or tv releases  
  • Number of views or streams via online platforms (Youtube/Spotify) if web-based, and mentions via social media  
  • Inclusion in broader works (compilations, festivals, interviews etc.)
  • Hosting by an industry or educational institution of national or international reputation amongst peers in the discipline.

Adapted from: Impact of non-traditional research outputs, University of Queensland, under a Creative Commons Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

 

Example statement

"This curatorial work of 'X' forms part of the research emerging from the awarded ARC grant (DECRA). The group exhibition included nine works by eleven sound artists responding to themes of translation, embodiment and ambiance. The exhibition was located at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, [insert dates], and was supported by a printed catalogue and website comprising four scholarly essays. The exhibition was co-funded by the Yarra City Council ($1000 community grant) and was featured in Foreground, a web-based journal published by Uro Publications in partnership with AILA. The exhibition is also the catalyst for an upcoming edition of ‘Unlikely, Journal for Creative Arts’ and ‘Mtalks’, presented by MPavillion and Melbourne Design Week." (source: Author, 22 December 2023)

Live performances

Live performances can include music, dance, plays, drama, theatre, spoken word performances, and performance art. Evidence can include:

  • Performance in association with performing bodies recognised nationally or internationally by peers in the discipline 
  • View/stream/download statistics or analysis of comments received through platforms like YouTube
  • Substantial reviews of the work written by peers in the field and published
  • Performance in a venue recognised nationally or internationally by peers in the discipline e.g. festivals, concerts etc
  • Awards, short-listing, prizes, honours, etc. judged by a panel of peers.

Adapted from: Impact of non-traditional research outputs, University of Queensland, under a Creative Commons Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

 

Example statement

"The live musical performance, 'X' was developed from research to include themes like Lullabies, Weddings and Funerals and Letters from Abroad. It was themed around historical incidents, like war and the importance of family with the arrangements influenced by music from Serbia, Turkey, Hungry, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Russia and Mexico. The performance was selected for ABC Classic FM 'Sunday Live' and was repeated as the best of the series in [insert dates]. The ABC's 'Sunday Live' concerts are prestigious and to be invited to perform at the Iwaki Auditorium, after a competitive process, indicates the research is considered significant by a broader musical audience." (source: Author, 22 December 2023)

Musical compositions

Musical compositions can include original scores, notated/re-interpreted scores, audio compositions, lyrics, music for theatre or dance. Evidence can include:

  • Substantial reviews of the work written by peers in the field and published
  • Sales or download figures  
  • Awards, short-listing, prizes, honours, etc. judged by a panel of peers  
  • Commissioning/funding by a public or private body
  • Publication of the work and prestige of the performer.

Adapted from: Impact of non-traditional research outputs, University of Queensland, under a Creative Commons Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

 

Example statement

"The music composition, 'X' examines the different methods of engagement sound, light, set and video have with epic landscape, and involved the interplay and overlap of the scenographic elements; the way in which space, sound and light worked in concert to give life to landscape as character and undulation to narrative. 'X' was a coproduction between two premier state theatre companies, the Melbourne Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre in [insert dates]. It was performed to sold out seasons to critical acclaim in Melbourne and Brisbane. In [insert dates], a paper exploring the mechanics of the design elements was published by the 11th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts in Athens." (source: Author, 22 December 2023)

Recordings

Recordings can include films, documentaries, podcasts, TV, moving or still image-based or screen-based work and audio-visual presentations. Evidence can include:

  • Awards, prizes, honours, short-listing etc. judged by a panel of peers
  • Substantial reviews of the work written by peers in the field and published
  • View/stream/download statistics or analysis of comments received through platforms like Spotify or YouTube
  • Commercial release under a label or in association with bodies recognised nationally or internationally recognised by peers in the discipline
  • Commissioning/funding by a distinguished public or private body.

Adapted from: Impact of non-traditional research outputs, University of Queensland, under a Creative Commons Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

 

Example statement

"The music recording of 'X' involved close integration of a new MAX/MSP platform with a technique for designing, refining and performing 3D-sound trajectories for up to 16 instruments performing simultaneously. Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and Sound and Music UK supported the performance, while pre-performance research and development was supported by the ARC. The concert was broadcast live-to-air on 'Hear and Now', BBC3 [insert dates]." (source: Author, 22 December 2023)


 

Visual Art

Visual Art can include photography, painting, fine arts, sculpture or installation and crafts. Evidence can include: 

  • Reviews of the work written by peers in the field and published
  • Commissioning or funding by a public or private body
  • Exhibition, presentation or gallery showings in a venue
  • Awards, short-listing, prizes, honours, etc. judged by a panel of peers
  • Recognition through an exhibition catalogue
  • Discussion and dissemination by organisations e.g. broadcast or televised.

Adapted from: Impact of non-traditional research outputs, University of Queensland, under a Creative Commons Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

 

Example statement

"My installation work 'X' shows how garments, sculpture, wall, and lighting are implicated in contemporary art assemblages. The work comprised of a light work/wall painting accompanied by a shelf designed in unison with a wool coat. A catalogue essay featuring a poem by Dr. Antonia Pont and designed by Adam Cruickshank accompanied the show. This the latest iteration of ongoing research where I fashion garments to dress objects that we routinely engage with and position them in relation to painting. Approximately 3735 people saw the exhibition, [insert dates], at the c3 contemporary art space at the Abbotsford Convent. This work was selected by c3 contemporary art space based on a competitive process for its originality, quality of previous work, benefit to the audience and artist, experience, and ability to deliver the proposed exhibition and political, social, and environmental relevance to the site." (source: Author, 22 December 2023)