Professor Desmond Bell

Visiting Research Fellow

Visiting Research Fellow
September 2016 - February 2017


Home institution

National College of Art and Design, Dublin


Reframing the theory-practice debate in film and media arts.  

Having just edited one of the first collections of papers reporting on practice based doctoral research in the creative arts (Mind the Gap Distillers Press, Dublin 2016).  I am now endeavouring to write a text book on research methods for creative and critical practice which will combine an consideration of a range of methodological issues in artistic research together with a range of examples of inspired practice in the field.


Desmond Bell is Professor and Head of Academic Affairs at the National College of Art and Design where he runs the PhD programme and is Director of Research.  Prior  to that he was Professor Film and Visual Arts at Queens University Belfast.   He is an active film maker and had produced a range of acclaimed creative documentary films for television (BBC, Channel 4, RTE, YLE) and the cinema which have played at a number of international film festival including Venice, Montreal, Dublin, Denver.  His last film 'The Enigma of Frank Ryan' dealt with the story of radical republican Frank Ryan who led the Irish contingent of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and who later ended up in Berlin collaborating with the Nazis. He has published extensively on film topics.