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Book launch: Artist-Teacher Practice and the Expectation of An Aesthetic Life

13 March 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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Join Carol Wild to celebrate the launch of her new book exploring the impact of school-based artist-teacher practice on the classroom.

This event is free.

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Dr Carol Wild


Studio A, ADM Studios
Level 8, Core B, UCL IOE
20 Bedford Way

This book explores why and how the personal creative practice of arts teachers in school matters. It responds to ethnographic research that considers specific works-of-art created by teachers within the context of their classrooms.
Through a classroom-based ethnographic investigation, the book proposes that the potential impact of artist-teacher practice in the classroom can only be understood in relation to the flows of power and policy that concurrently shape the classroom. It shows how artist-teacher practice functions as a creative practice of freedom tending to the present and future aesthetic life of the classroom, countering the effects of neoliberal schooling and austerity politics. The book questions what the artist-teacher can produce within that context.
Through the unique focus on artist-teacher practice, the book explores the changing nature of the classroom and the social and political dimensions of the school. It will be key reading for researchers and postgraduate students of arts education, critical pedagogy, teacher identity and aesthetics. It will also be of interest to art and design educators.

This event will be particularly useful for art and design educators, artist educators, gallery educators and MA students.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Dr Carol Wild

Lecturer in Art Education at UCL IOE

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