Emily Pringle

Theme: Practice as Research

Constructing the Practitioner-Researcher within the Art Museum

Drawing on theories of professional epistemology, this presentation takes Tate Gallery in London as a case study to explore how practitioner-researchers draw on both theoretical “know what” and experiential “know how” in the production of knowledge within the museum. The challenges and opportunities posed by recognising practice as a form of research will be contextualised with reference to theoretical understandings of practiceas research, whilst the status of knowledge generated through subjective, interconnected, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research methodologies will be addressed with reference to specific examples taken from the Tate’s programme.

Dr Emily Pringle is originally trained as a painter and has worked for over 20 years as an artist, educator and researcher in a range of cultural settings in the UK and internationally. She has a particular interest in the role of the artist in education contexts and in the construction of the practitioner-researcher within the art museum. She is currently Head of Learning Practice and Research at Tate Gallery, London, where she is responsible for overseeing research and evaluation.