Engaging Educated Islands: An Examination of the Collaborative Process of Creating the 2009 Venice Biennale Art Education Resource for Australian School Students

By Margaret Mary Baguley, Kim Snepvangers and Gay McDonald.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper describes the process of creating an electronic national art education resource based on the 2009 Venice Biennale for K-12 students throughout Australia. Australian artists have been consistently represented for over thirty years at the Venice Biennale with the support of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s premier art and advisory body. The collaborative process of creating the national art education resource is based on Community Cultural Development (CCD) practices advocated by the Australia Council. This process has brought together a range of people from the field of art education under the CCD guiding principles of: self-determination, sustainability, access, diversity and cultural democracy. This paper will describe the journey of three researchers involved in the process of creating the resource and how they experienced and engaged with the guiding principles of community cultural development. In addition it will examine the aims of this resource in providing young people with electronic access to a diverse range of Australian artists and their practices and in the process creating a site for critical and reflective engagement concerning a range of contemporary issues such as increased awareness of environmental issues.

Keywords: Art Education, Community Cultural Development, Collaboration, Australia Council for the Arts

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.217-228. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.154MB).

Dr. Margaret Mary Baguley

Senior Lecturer, Education, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Margaret Baguley currently Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy University of Southern Queensland. Her teaching and research interests are concerned with the role of visual art in the education of early childhood, primary and secondary students. She has an extensive teaching background across all facets of education, in addition to maintaining her arts practice. An interest in collaborative practice and exhibition underpins her teaching. Dr Baguley’s research supervision encompasses studies in visual arts education, children’s engagement with the arts, teacher development, museum studies and the value of the arts in the community. In 2008 Margaret received a national award to recognize her outstanding contribution to student learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

Dr. Kim Snepvangers

Head of School, School of Art History and Art Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Kim Snepvangers’ current research investigates the rich social and cultural narratives of what it is like to be an art and design educational professional, conducting assessment in contemporary visual arts and design contexts. Using qualitative and poststructural research methodologies she focuses on the rhetoric of assessment from the perspective of the practictioner, examining the motives behind the ‘public face’ of evaluative systems.

Dr. Gay McDonald

Senior Lecturer; International Coordinator; Research Coordinator, School of Art History and Art Education, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Gay McDonald’s PhD is in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution enabled her to continue research on the French involvement in the launching of American art in postwar France. Gay has received competitive grants to support her current research and publication on the role of US art museums in promoting US foreign policy, US design and aesthetics abroad via international exhibitions.


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