BxNU Symposium: In Need of Education: Part 8 - Addressing the cultural deficit

Publication Date 13 Nov 2018

BxNU Symposium: In Need of Education
2 & 3 November 2018

In the UK (as elsewhere), mainstream education at primary, secondary and higher level is in financial and political crisis. In particular, the arts and other forms of cultural education are being divested in favour of the ‘hard’ subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths. The right to free, comprehensive education, a key aspiration of post-war welfare state endowment in the UK - is a diminishing mainstream political demand. This symposium asks, given such a context, what can and should education provision by museums and art galleries do and be?

Over two days at BALTIC we bring together education experts, artists, curators and thinkers who have profound experience of working within the fields of education, curating and pedagogy in gallery contexts; and who have differing views of the ways in which arts institutions can and should be used to support and extend education at a local and international level.

Andrea Phillips (BALTIC Professor & Director of the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art)

Part 8: Addressing the cultural deficit

Christine Egan Fowler (artist teacher, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon Tyne)

Judy Thomas (Senior Lecturer, Acting Programme Leader BA Fine Art, Northumbria University)

Jo Spence (Education Producer, Learning team, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead)

Teachers are empowered through creative cultural learning;
Creative cultural learning makes a positive impact on pupils;
Teacher perception of what ‘art’ can be can develop;
Understanding of creativity needs constant challenging;
The sharing of skills is not just about new practical techniques and specific forms;
Involvement of school leadership is crucial;
Cross-curricular links present further opportunities and are key to whole school engagement;
Planning time is vital;
Having enough time to appoint appropriate artist practitioners is important;
Improved confidence and skills (for pupils and teachers) can result through creative cultural learning and engagement;
The role of the facilitator needs further understanding and recognition.

Speakers Andrea Phillips, Christine Egan Fowler, Judy Thomas, Jo Spence
Formats MPEG 4, Symposium
Month November 2018
Keywords BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Education, Critically Engaged, Teachers, Schools
Related Event BxNU Symposium: In Need of Education (2 & 3 November 2018)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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