Research Overview » Cyprus
CyprusIn Cyprus, research has always been integral to artistic practice - in one form or another - but it was recent developments and the need for art practices’ validation in academic institutions and the broader research community that called for further attention to the processes and means of inquiry involved in such practices. Furthermore, the demands for practice-based PhDs in higher institutions, and the interdisciplinary nature of many research projects that involve visual material, has highlighted the urgency for establishing certain criteria that would secure validation and assist assessment of this type of research.
In Cyprus, the lack of a university entirely devoted to the study of art and of PhDs in any field relating to art, has resulted in subsequent difficulties to justify or regulate artistic practice in higher institutions as a form of research. Instead, practicing artists in Cyprus who have mostly studied abroad and in diverse institutions bring with them distinct and not always related understandings regarding art practice as a form of inquiry.
Thus, art as a form of research in Cyprus is mostly carried out on an individual basis and as part of artist–in-residence programs offered by various institutions. It is rarely an integral part of a higher institution.
Artistic practice as a form of research in Cyprus takes the form of artist-in-residence programs, state funded research projects, and individual art practices.