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After what was starting to feel like an eternity I actually did something practical towards a new artwork yesterday – and it was wonderful!

Amazing how much joy some glitter, glue and an off-cut can bring!

As a counter point to both my courses this brief moment of hands-on art was a very welcome relief. The distinction between artistic research and artistic practice is alive and confronting me – well, it is at least presenting itself to me. What was yesterday’s activity, research or practice, or both, or neither … whom do I need to define it for?

And ultimately does it matter if it is artistic research or artistic practice?

Are qualifying words such as ‘research’ and ‘practice’ devises for avoiding other thorny subjects such as quality and aesthetics?