The Industrialisation of Arts Education

16 March 2021

This event will be of interest to arts educators and researchers in education, arts, creative practice and the social sciences. The speakers respond to the proposition that arts education in the United Kingdom is becoming industrialised. Current policies and practices that inform arts education in the 21st century are explored through the lenses of mechanisation, standardisation and instrumentalism.

The extent to which arts pedagogies have been informed by the agendas of the cultural industries as well as wider neoliberal ideologies are considered. This leads to fundamental questions about the contradictory functions of arts education. These debates are in sympathy with Biesta (2020) when he writes:

‘ … the educational question – how to come and remain in dialogue with the world – is also the question of art.’ (p.38)

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Tuesday 16 March 4:30-6:30pm
Hosted by Leeds Arts University
Seminar conveners: Professor Samantha Broadhead and Isabel Benton