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Alternative Pedagogies for Artists, Teachers and Gallery Educators

07 March 2022–22 March 2022, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

alternative pedagogies for artists

An innovative course designed by the new MA Art Education, Culture and Practice in collaboration with Engage, as an introduction to the dynamic and fast evolving field of alternative approaches to art and education.

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Course overview 

Building on our successful MA module, Alternative Models for Art Education will provide access to the insights and experience of leading professionals in art and gallery education. You will gain valuable insight into a dynamic area of changing practice as well as the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with others.

Intended audience

Aimed at professionals already working in the expanded field of education, the course looks to stimulate debate, foster exchange. It provides a framework for you to identify opportunities, and methods, towards new practice.

The course responds to the proliferation of alternative models that have arisen in response to / impact that political, economic and technological developments over the past decade have had upon mainstream contexts of art education. 

Course content

The course utilises a range of teaching and learning approaches including seminars, lectures, group work, directed readings and informal presentations. The taught sessions will take place online and you will be expected to undertake research visits to galleries and other informal learning contexts in your local area. 

Seminars and workshops cover the following:

  • Theories of learning;
  • Discourses of art/gallery education;
  • Positioning learning in ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ contexts and questioning such divisions;
  • The implications of the ‘Educational Turn’ in curating;
  • Radical histories in art & gallery education;
  • Critical interventions in the gallery;
  • Inclusive practice;
  • Distance learning and networks;
  • Alternative Futures and Career Pathways.

Teaching and structure

There will be 4 online sessions, 3 hours each delivered on:

  • Monday 7 March, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Tuesday 8 March, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Monday 21 March, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Tuesday 22 March, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.

The course will not be recorded and participants must try to attend all sessions in order to receive a certificate of participation.


Course participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Learning outcomes

It will enable professionals from across the field of arts education – from those in galleries, schools to further education colleges – to investigate and critically engage with recent initiatives including nomadic art schools, online colleges, play spaces and more idiosyncratic short-term projects within, and outside, of established institutions. 

It examines the role that discourses play in constituting, shaping and perpetuating models of gallery education, inviting you to use this as basis for critically engaging with existing and potential practices. The course will enable the formulation of an informed position by engaging with current literature and debates, and you will have the opportunity to undertake field research in response to a site of your choosing. 

Costs and booking

  • Concessionary Engage members £75;
  • Personal or Organisational Engage members £110;
  • Non-members £180.

Book your place here

If you are not able to pay by credit/debit card, an invoice will be raised for upfront payment. If this is your preferred method of payment, fill in the short course booking form and you will receive a confirmation once your booking has been processed manually.


About the Speakers

Dr Claire Robins

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Annie Davey

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