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Call for proposals: Engage 41

Call for proposals: Engage 41

Art, craft and design education for the 21st century (working title)


Deadline for proposals: 10am, Friday 1 September 2017


This issue of the Journal will focus on how galleries and museums can work effectively with schools. It will discuss strategies that museums and galleries are employing to support teachers, and those children and young people who want to study art, craft and design.


The UK’s National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) carried out a large and comprehensive survey in 2015/16, enquiring how government policy over the previous five years has impacted on art, craft and design education in England. The findings make sobering reading, revealing how government policies have negatively ‘impacted not only on the value of the subject, but on the time and resources needed for children and young people to participate and excel in art, craft and design. These changes, evidenced throughout NSEAD’s report, are reducing opportunities and choices to engage in a broad and balanced curriculum and risk jeopardising and limiting the UK as a creative and competitive force in a global market’ 1.


A reduction in the status of art, craft and design and a shift from subject to competency raise fundamental questions about the purpose and function of galleries and museums, especially regarding advocacy and promoting learning in these subjects. 


We are interested in contributions from colleagues in the UK and worldwide, reflecting on practices, shifting understandings, discussing polices and the challenges faced in different contexts, in relation to question such as:


• How can museums and galleries inform curricula, promote the value of the visual arts, crafts and design and influence what is taught in schools?


• What alternative models of visual arts, crafts and design education are offered by galleries, museums, artists and other visual arts organisations?


• What role can galleries and museums play in aligning visual arts, crafts and design skills and associated competencies with careers and the economy?


And more...

Read the full callout and download a PDF version here.


Posted on 23 August 2017

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