Examples of previous research-informed creative projects


Mark Bowden A Violence of Gifts - Mark Bowden’s A Violence of Gifts was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation as part of the composer’s residency at the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. A Violence of Gifts was a new collaboration between composer Mark Bowden and Owen Sheers. The libretto that Owen wrote for the work was designed as a contemporary response to The Creation by Haydn performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St David’s Hall.The BBC Radio 3 commission for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra was influenced by a research trip to CERN. 


Research as Art Liza Research as Art- Research as Art is a unique competition founded by Dr Richard Johnston, which provides a platform for researchers at Swansea University, to convey the importance, emotion, beauty and humanity of their research. This is an opportunity for researchers to showcase their research to the world, by providing a brief, captivating description and image. 

Research as Art is organised by Swansea University Research Forum.



Photo Credit: Passion And Perseverance: Researchers Playing Their Part by Liza Penn-Thomas, department of English. Research As Art


Research as Art Pic The Fog of Sex- Based on exhaustive research interviews, Fog of Sex directed by Chris Morris, executive producers Tracey Sagar and Debbie Jones, brings to the screen the real life testimonies of students currently working within the UK sex industry. The film is based on The Student Sex Work Project (www.thestudentsexworkproject.co.uk), a three year project funded by the BIG Lottery. The overall purpose of the Project is to promote learning and understanding about student sex worker needs and associated issues, and to provide an innovative sexual health service to a marginalized population through an ethical, empowering research led framework.

The Student Sex Work Project is led by Professor Tracey Sagar with her colleague Debbie Jones from Swansea University’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology in collaboration with Terrence Higgins Trust, the Integrated Sexual Health Clinic, Cardiff and Vale NHS, the National Union of Students Wales (NUS Wales) and Newport Film School.

Further information on studies into sexuality: http://consortium-sexual-studies.swan.ac.uk/  


Photo Credit: Who Am I? by Professor Tracey Sagar and Debbie Jones, department of criminology. Research as Art