The history of art education is full of utopian visions and creative pedagogies that have proposed imaginative educational methodologies. At a time when art education is under threat, this symposium will celebrate and reflect on some of those histories and consider how they can be re-imagined in the current climate.
Loughborough has some interesting histories itself, namely The Handicrafts Unit where Edward Barnsley and Peter Waals originated its Design School by training students to make items for use in all areas of the university as well as having a long relationship with Stewart Mason who is responsible for its important sculpture collection and was pre-eminent as a champion for arts education. Our art commissioning programme Radar is currently working on a project with artist Katerina Hruskova and Dr Sarah Mills, responding to the work of the educationalist Marion Richardson.
The symposium will be opened with an introduction by Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and will combine academic presentations with practitioners and case studies. This event will be of interest to art historians, education practitioners, curators, artists and those interested in the future of art education.
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