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Call for papers:  Symposium 

Changing Patterns in Education in the Creative Arts

Venue: on-line Saturday July 18 9.00 am-5.30 pm
Due date for abstracts: Monday June 10.


The Dunedin School of Art celebrates our 150th anniversary in 2020. This Symposium, planned as an on-site celebration, has therefore both moved on-line and turned its attention toward the current situation for all those who teach in the creative sector.


The COVID-19 lockdown took creative arts students and their teachers away from the studio, transforming its practice as no previous change had. Different approaches to delivery were rapidly developed and implemented. What have we learnt going forward? What is at stake in the provision of blended delivery? What do art schools need to retain? Is there a hybrid path forward?


This Call for Papers responds to the developing use of the digital interface in delivery for the creative arts. The COVID-19 scenario will have implications for further delivery as educators and students re-evaluate the ways that they access and experience their learning. Yet many of these moves were already in process.

Wider concerns inform the selection of topics and should be considered. These include Mātauranga Māori, Pasifika education and dialogues between the local and the global.


Calls are for 15 minute presentations, four per panel, to be followed by a final Q and A session.


Panel 1: STEM or STEAM 

The idea that art is every child’s right continues, but teacher training in art education has been almost entirely eroded. Yet it assists in the delivery of all curriculum areas, as well as offering its own rewards. How can this be turned around? Are there useful lessons from online delivery that may contribute to embedding art in early education?


Panel 2:  Work-based learning and transferable skills in tertiary education. 

Research suggests that only approximately 7% of art school graduates focus purely on art-making after graduation. The rest will typically continue an art practice but also work across the spectrum of the workforce. What are the transferable skills that education in the creative arts can deliver and how can these be made evident?   


Panel 3: The robot. Designing for a new world: resilience, sustainability and education in the creative arts 

How can creative arts educators and curricula sector best incorporate new technologies and models of systems thinking, resilience and sustainability? How has the Covid-19 response contributed to accelerating the uptake of new technologies and modalities of teaching?


Panel 4: Changing models in education in the creative arts

What do models drawn from Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous thought and new epistemologies offer the creative arts as we continue to value the face-to-face encounter, the studio, the tactile and the haptic in the face of an increasing focus on screen-based encounters?  


DUE DATE FOR abstracts: Monday June 10.

Please send a 200 word abstract and a 150 word bio to   



Published on 8 May 2020

Orderdate: 8 May 2020
Expiry: 12 Jun 2020