Orpheus Research Summit

The Orpheus Institute proudly introduces the first

advanced professional development for artistic researchers in music

a brand new event for established artist-researchers. From 26 - 30 November 2018 at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent (Belgium).

If you want to immerse yourself in an intensive week of artistic research and fully recharge, then don’t hesitate: apply before 7 April 2018 and secure your place! The number of participants will be restricted to 15.

The Orpheus Research Summit addresses the need for a coherent programme of advanced training and development in this area, as well as providing an invaluable moment of reflection and revitalisation for established artist-researchers. We will explore individual and common themes, technical and theoretical topics at the edge of the current state of artistic research in music, in order to equip artists and institutions to plot its future. It is hoped that the summit will be a source of personal inspiration and shared purpose.

Who are you?

  • You have a PhD or equivalent in the area of your musical artistic practice.
  • You actively pursue your own practice in artistic research and are ready to share your project at the summit.
  • You may or may not have an institutional responsibility for such areas. 

What does the Orpheus Research Summit include?

  • Hands-on technical workshops in parallel and repeated sessions (e.g. web design, audio papers, digital publishing and bringing work to the stage)
  • Guest speakers on current topics and ideas in artistic research in music
  • Research leadership workshops with expert trainers
  • Presentations by participants
  • In-depth feedback and discussion in small groups with expert practitioners
  • Presentations and discussions with senior researchers at the Orpheus Institute
  • Opportunities for networking and sharing ideas with an international community
  • Cultural, gastronomic and architectural wonders of Ghent!

The Orpheus Research Summit will not address issues of management or administration, strategic or institutional matters. 


Selection process

  • Number of participants: max. 15 
  • Chair of the selection committee: Jonathan Impett (Director of Research, Orpheus Institute)
  • Application: complete the form below (incl. CV and outline of your work)
  • Application deadline: 7 April 2018
  • Notification of decision: 1 May 2018
  • The Orpheus Institute will endeavour to shape the summit to include a diverse range of practices and research areas.

Practical information

  • Place: Orpheus Institute, Ghent (Belgium)
  • Dates: w/c 26 November 2018
    Start: 13.00 Monday, 26 November 2018
    End: 15.00 Friday, 30 November 2018
  • Estimated cost: This Research Summit is offered at cost price, with facilities offered by the Orpheus Institute.
    Institutional rate: €1850 (estimated cost price)
    Reduced rate for individual researchers: €1400
    - Lectures, workshops by invited experts, feedback sessions and panel discussions
    - 4/5 nights in central Ghent hotel
    - Use of facilities, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, coffee & tea breaks and excursions
    Not included: travel to and from Ghent, 2 dinners.
  • We will circulate a brief summary of participants’ work prior to the Research Summit in order to facilitate familiarisation. 
  • Full preparatory information will be distributed in due course.
  • Certification of attendance will be available if required.

Application deadline is 7 April 2018, as we hope to be able to tailor the Research Summit to the participants’ needs. We look forward to an inspiring week!


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