The cluster is formed from researchers working in the subject-areas of Music, Drama, Museum & Heritage Studies, Cinematic Arts and Creative Technologies. It is aligned with the REF sub-panel for UoA35. Ulster University is unique in the UK and Ireland in bringing together these subjects in a dedicated multi- and interdisciplinary space within the £3M state-of-the-art facilities of the Foyle Arts Building, incorporating not only traditional facilities such as musical, theatrical and dance rehearsal venues but also an up-to-date range of music and video recording and editing hard- and software.
Thus the research environment fostered by the cluster is characterised by the central place occupied by artistic practice, and also by the possibilities of multi- and interdisciplinary work. In hosting a number of international conferences over the years, for example, the School has been responsible for bringing together researchers from different subjects and promoting creative dialogue between them. But members of the cluster are also prominent experts in their own fields, which range from nineteenth-century opera to Cape Breton fiddle music and electroacoustic composition, from the representation of sexual violence on the stage to sonic geography, and from working-class theatre to Mark Morris.