Performance Matters is a collaboration between the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University, and the Live Art Development Agency. The Arts and Humanities Research Council is the project's chief funding body.
Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths has a reputation for innovative, interdisciplinary and challenging approaches to all its subjects; a particular strength is in the creative and cultural dimensions of the arts, humanities and social sciences. By daring to be different, Goldsmiths offers not just a rigorous intellectual training, but a transformative experience of self-discovery. Goldsmiths is ranked 9th in the UK for 4* rated world-leading research. The Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths brings together researchers, lecturers and students committed to exploring - and producing - new forms of contemporary art-theoretical practice in an environment that is culturally diverse and intellectually challenging.
University of Roehampton
University of Roehampton is one of the newest universities in the UK, having been established in 2004. At the same time, through the four Colleges that came together to found the University, it has a distinguished history dating back to the 1840s. Roehampton "has the best record for research among all modern universities in the UK" (The Sunday Times University Guide) and has a wide commitment to social equality, supporting one of the most diverse communities of students in the UK. Drama at Roehampton has a strong reputation for innovative interdisciplinary research, with all of its submitted research rated as internationally or nationally recognised and 60% classified as "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (RAE 2008). Drama has a vibrant postgraduate research culture at MA and PhD levels.
The Live Art Development Agency
The Live Art Development Agency is the leading development organisation for Live Art in the UK, launched in January 1999. The Agency offers resources, professional development initiatives and projects for the support and development of Live Art practices and critical discourses, and works strategically, in partnership and in consultation with artists and organisations in the cultural sector. The Agency houses an open access Live Art Study Room; runs Unbound, an online shop for Live Art books, DVDs, and limited editions; pioneers models of training, dialogue and debate; and develops new ways of increasing popular and critical awareness of Live Art through curatorial and publishing projects.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Performance Matters is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. Only applications of the highest quality and excellence are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.