On 3 May 2019, Campus de les Arts organised an encounter for researchers associated with participating institutions. The event was held at the Parc Científic de Barcelona. This event sought to identify areas of research that might be the basis for future graduate research projects and educational activity within Campus de les Arts, and featured three open debates.

More than 80 researchers, professors and academic administrators attended the event.

The encounter began with a presentation by Professor Salvador Garcia, then Vice Rector for Culture, Arts and Heritage of the University of Barcelona. For many of those attending, this event was their first contact with the Campus de les Arts project.

In the first session, Professor Judith Vidiella of ERAM Girona presented a paper on the diversity and complexity of artistic research, with the title “Potencialitats i (in)definicions dels criteris per a la recerca/artística” [Potentialities and (in)definitions of criteria for artistic/research]. The debate that followed, moderated by Professor Dolors Tapias, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UB, engaged the related frameworks and orientations set out.

The second session centred on the subject of the social and cultural diversity of Catalonia, with a presentation by visual artist Pep Dardanyà, head of Cultural Action at Escola Massana. After his conference, entitled “Recerca, pràctiques artístiques i diversitat cultural” [Research, Artistic Practice and Cultural Diversity], Professor Melissa Mercadal of the ESMUC moderated an open debate.

The final session in the afternoon, on material and human resources in arts research, was led by Francesc Benlliure, a researcher specialised in artistic research, who participated in representation of the Fundació Bosch i Gimpera-UB. Benlliure is currently associated with the UOC.  After the presentation entitled “Necessitats i recursos R+D+i per a la recerca artística” [Necessities and R+D+I Resources for Artistic Research], an open debate ensued, moderated by Professor Laia Blasco of Arts-UOC.