A creative curriculum: embedding contemporary art in Scottish schools

  • 10:00am – 4:30pm

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, Main Lecture Theatre (E22)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

As gallery educators, artists and teachers we know that engaging with contemporary visual art and creativity in schools can support learning and attainment in many ways.

But in the context of the attainment challenge and a justifiable focus on literacy and numeracy are we making our voices heard? If not, why not? And why is this important?

Things are changing and perhaps we need to change our practices too, rather than offering the same old learning opportunities for schools and being disappointed when they aren’t taken up. Who should we work with to take things forward? Where are the new and innovative ways of working? And what should we do next?

This national conference co-hosted by Engage Scotland, the National Association for Gallery Education, and Edinburgh College of Art will provide a national platform for sharing best practice with colleagues and for joining up thinking, identifying problems and determining goals for future models in supporting schools, teachers and pupils to engage with contemporary art.

Our keynote speaker is the Turner Prize nominated artist, Monster Chetwynd, who is known primarily for her exuberant performances that feature multiple props, costumes and collaborators.
A pecha kucha style event in the morning will allow best practice from colleagues across the sector to be shared. We will also hear from speakers from Education Scotland, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art and local authorities.

A workshop in the afternoon will be facilitated by Paul Gorman from Hidden Giants with the aim of determining objectives and achievable goals for the future. Hidden Giants is an education consultancy agency that collaborates with teachers, practitioners and policy makers. They support schools to re-imagine their curriculum by placing innovative, creative and critical thinking at its heart.  Their partnerships can be seen as experiments to improve everyone’s experience of education.

This conference is aimed at primary and secondary teachers, headteachers, freelance artists, educators, gallery education teams, artists’ organisations, curators etc.

If you have any questions about booking or would like this information in another format, please contact Engage on:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7729 5858
Email: info@engage.org


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