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Artwork by IOE students draws attention to teaching art in secondary schools

27 June 2018

Artwork by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) students exploring what it means to provide art education in secondary schools is on display to the public at 20 Bedford Way.

The exhibition, containing pieces created as coursework by the Art and Design PGCE students, was opened by IOE Director Professor Becky Francis on 22 June and remains open to the public until Friday 29 June.

Artwork by Chloe Wyatt (Degree specialism in illustration): Turf

Through using a variety of media including textiles, film, painting and photography, the students tackled themes of labour provision, gender, tension and technology within schools, among many others.

In April and May this year, work by the students was on display in 'Brink', an exhibition held at the Freelands Foundation gallery.

Artwork by Vanessa Goulding: Four Hands

Lesley Burgess, Senior Lecturer at the IOE and leader of the PGCE Art and Design course, said: "The Art and Design PGCE at UCL Institute of Education is a challenging and forward-looking course. It is the largest course in the country for the initial teacher education of specialist teachers of art and design. Graduates are recruited from a wide range of degree specialisms representing the continuum of art, craft, design, and critical and historical studies.

"The visual displays in this years' exhibition demonstrate how artists and teachers explore concerns central to learning and teaching in secondary level. While these thought-provoking and sometimes humorous displays are firmly located in the context of secondary school teaching, it is evident that by re-engaging with their own art practice, students challenge orthodoxies and question existing boundaries."

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Image credits

  • Top: Kirsten Adams (Degree specialism in graphic communication design): Obsession
  • Middle: Chloe Wyatt (Degree specialism in illustration): Turf
  • Bottom: Vanessa Goulding (Degree specialism in history of art and anthropology): Four Hands