a collaborative research project that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice


InDialogue is a collaborative artistic research project between Dr Rhiannon Jones and Dr Heather Connelly.

Conceived in 2012, whilst both where in the midst of the PhDs in Fine Art, InDialogue was created as an extension of their own practices and aims to provide platform and hospitable environment for artistic research, experimentation, interrogation and discussion about and through dialogue.

Connelly’s research, Translation Zones, focuses upon the facilitation of intercultural encounters. Jones developed an artistic methodology for the production of conversation, which combines architectural and performance theory in order to generate discourse, known as the architactics (2016) for conversation.

Their methodology was tested and developed through the creative instigation and design of InDialogue in 2012 for its effectiveness and impact developed the outputs for InDialogue 2014 and was refined.

Connelly and Jones since being awarded their respective PhD’s decided to continue to collaborate as artists researchers.

Dr Heather Connelly, 2015

Dr Rhiannon Jones, 2016

They have developed an International Residency Programme for InDialogue and run large international symposiums for InDialogue in 2016 and 2019.Connelly and Jones are currently editing an anthology of texts and works, with InDialogue participants from 2012 – 2019, which explores how InDialogue operates both as a practice and a platform for supporting artistic research. Jones and Connelly are also developing two SIGS for 2019 InDialogue, each SIG will  focus on each of their own area of specialism in artistic research, and will develop the SIG  with invited international partners and researchers. They currently  in discussions about InDialogue 2022/23 with International partners offering interest in hosting InDialogue for the first time, outside of the UK.


Image: Dr Rhiannon Jones and Dr Heather Connelly, Co-founders and co-curators giving the welcome address for InDialogue 2019 at Derby Theatre, Day 1, 19th November, Derby, 2019.

In InDialogue2019 interrogated how arts researchers and cultural organisations use dialogue in and as a practice. Since its inception 8 years ago, InDialogue has provided a platform for 134 national and international artist researchers to share, test out and examine how they use dialogue within their practices. InDialogue has attracted over 500 audience/participants in person and on-line from a wide geographical spread, range of disciplines and backgrounds. Over an 8 year period it has become the established International Dialogic Symposium in the UK, producing two international residencies Rajni Shah(UK/AUS) & Karen Christopher(USA) 2014 and Chloé Déchery(FR) & Jane McKernan(UK/AUS) 2016 with the 2019 resident artists Hancockandkhelly. (GER/UK). InDialogue has also curated two exhibitions and performance evenings at Primary, Backlitand Nottingham Contemporary, which featured work from international artists, dancers, performance, visual arts and papers from world leading academics. Guest curators, keynote speakers and panelists have included Grant Kester(USA), Katarina Zdjelar(SER/NDL),Saskia Holmkvist(NOR/SWE), Viviana Checcia(IT/UK), Rebecca Beinart(UK), Rachelle Viader Knowles(UK/CA). Each iteration has been broadcast live, recorded and archived online (seeInDialogue) due to a continued and evolving engagement and interest from overseas artists, H.E institutions and arts organisations.