Adrian Receives Doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast
Adrian graduated with a PhD from the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s at the start of July. His doctoral research explored attitudes towards entrepreneurship within the visual arts and theatre sectors in Northern Ireland and investigated the potential for moving artists and arts organisations away from a culture of dependence on grants and subsidy to one of financial independence through entrepreneurial self-reliance. With around one-third of all self-employed first degree graduates in the UK coming from creative arts disciplines, the research also uncovered the current state of and attitudes towards an enterprise curriculum for visual arts and theatre students in Higher Education in Northern Ireland. A sample pool of individual artists, arts administrators, students, beneficiaries of the Creative Industries Innovation Fund and educators was drawn from the disciplines of visual arts and theatre. The sample also encompassed representatives from arts and economic development agencies and appropriate government departments in Northern Ireland.