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1st - 3rd December (NZDT)

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3rd Edition

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the relation between research and Artistic and Design practice, and since the validation of practice-oriented research in universities in the 90s, an increasing number of art and design students can submit a creative work along with a written exegesis for assessment purposes.

The consolidation of MA and PhD programmes that incorporate practice in research are growing, and they forge new institutional dimensions where experimentation, critical thinking and practice are occurring simultaneously. Practice is a crucial area for innovation and is particularly important to be considered and weighted on the changes and transformations academic institutions and curricula are facing globally.

The purpose of LINK 2021 is to increase awareness about practice-oriented approaches in Art and Design and to stimulate practitioners and educators to share their approaches and methodologies. 

Presenters will demonstrate the potential of research when practice is an integrated component of study and constituted as a form of inquiry, from a range of methodological procedures and frameworks.

We invite the design community and scholars from all over the world to join us to be inspired by the shared experiences and stimulated by possibilities of practice-oriented research and the culture of practice in the design studio.

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practice-oriented art and design research


Emergent design 


Research Methodology


Practice-led methodology


Design practice


Emergent systems


Design education

Indigenous epistemologies






Emergent voices 


Design process


Link 2021 provides opportunities for...


Link provides opportunities for early and senior career academics to: meet experts in the field, interact with colleagues from different countries, and create lasting connections.


All abstract presentations will be selected by double blind peer review and be published in the Symposium Procedures with ISSN, ISBN and individual DOI for optimised research database indexation.


Link has a partnership with the academic journal, GEMInIS, and presenters will be invited to submit a full paper that will be published in LINK 2021 Special Edition.