EU4ART_differences is a Horizon2020-funded project on Artistic Research (AR) that advances the research culture, academic excellence, and cooperation of its partner institutions from the field of Fine Arts.

EU4ART_differences is part of EU4ART, an Erasmus+ funded European University Alliance of four partner institutions—Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (ABAROMA), Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (HfBK), Latvijas Mākslas Akadēmija Riga (LMA), and Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem Budapest (MKE).

EU4ART_differences supports the long-term Research and Innovation (R&I) strategy of the broader EU4ART project and of the ERA through a series of actions:

  • Raising our partner institutions’ research profiles by promoting a high-level culture of Artistic Research, enhancing our academic excellence and quality, and strengthening collaborations (removing barriers to transnational cooperation).
  • Developing new programmes and opportunities for postgraduate students and artistic researchers. EU4ART_differences achieves this by building new Artistic Research units and Graduate Schools across all partner institutions. These units and graduate schools consequently feed into a new shared doctoral and postgraduate research community which could, after the pilot phase, lead to a joint-but-decentralised graduate school for shared possibilities for Third Cycle degrees in the future.
  • Expanding the societal reach of the EU4ART project and its partner institutions, raising the visibility and dissemination of Artistic Research, practices, and outcomes. We achieve this by actively joining leading networks, such as the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the European Universities alliances FIT FORTHEM and FilmEU alongside other key initiatives.
  • Strengthening our cooperation through the new AR units. We achieve this by implementing the Research Catalogue (RC), a specialised digital ecosystem for AR that promotes the latest Open Access pedagogical and research standards in the field. Beyond this, we explore the possibility to cooperate with already existing graduate schools at LMA and MKE and started a first collaborative research project.
  • Establishing knowledge transfer mechanisms that advance and advocate for AR as a field of its own, joining established efforts in the European HE sector. We achieve this by collaborating with European University Alliances to advance common AR agendas, advocating for policy change in Science Europe’s Research Reform conversations, and promoting the digital dissemination of EU4ART’s achievements.

Honouring its name, EU4ART_differences respects the principles of subsidiarity, institutional autonomy, and academic freedom of all partner institutions, promoting a diversity of approaches to European Higher Education in the arts.