Art Education: Interesting Histories and Alternative Futures

Thursday 13 June, 10.30-4.30pm, Martin Hall

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 cliate.  

Loughborough is an interesting context for this to take place because it 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 and that it was home to Stewart Mason who is responsible for its important sculpture collection and was pre-eminent as a champion for arts education. Currently, Radar, our commissioning programme has invited artist Katerina Hruskova to work with Dr. Sarah Mills, responding to the work of educationalist Marion Richardson. 

The symposium brings together panels that combine academic presentations with practitioners and case studies. The event will be of interest to art historians, educationalists, curators and artists and those interested in the future of art education. 

From 10:00: Registration & coffee

10:30: Introduction Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

11:00: Panel 1: Interesting histories

12:15: Lunch

13:00: Panel 2: Creative Pedagogies

14:00: Panel 3: Institutions

15:00: Coffee

15:15: Panel 4: Practices

16:15: Close 

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AA2A Exhibition

Martin Hall Exhibition Space, 5-13th June

AA2A provides placement for visual artists and designer makers to have access to Higher Education Institutions. Loughborough University are one of the host institutions for 2018-19. Participants have been appointed for their professional practice and the proposed project they wish to pursue. The artists are given the opportunity to discover and develop research techniques using workshops and support facilities in the Fine Art Faculty. This will enable them to develop their practice and experiment to realise their ambitions. In addition, their interaction with students is crucial and LU anticipates students will benefit from professional artists working in the department and helping them to visualise their future opportunities.

During 2018-2019 five AA2A artists are working within the Fine Art Faculty at Loughborough University:

Amrit Doll, Emily Joy, Alison Ballard, Nita Roa, and Diane E Hall. All are experienced artists who have accessed the workshops to experiment and develop their practice.