Lessons in social & creative pedagogies for our time, IMMA, Dublin (Panel Discussion)

Posted: Tuesday, 28 June 2016

This panel discussion will take place on Thursday 7 July, 6.30 - 7.30pm, Project Spaces, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. It is free to attend but booking is essential.

Drawing on recent debates on art and design education and socially engaged art practice, this discussion revisits overlooked models of schooling and informal education systems of the past, as a framework to address the social functioning and potential of artistic education today and the diverse communities they serve, in contrast to linear curriculum models.

Considering the challenges and innovations of art education, taking into account Irish and international perspectives, the pedagogical turn of cultural institutions and more recent modes of digital learning: NCAD Prof, Gary Granville asks his panel of artists and educators to discuss whether holistic and resourceful approaches to education better enhance capacities and qualities of creativity and in essence reflect humanistic values and principles that view people as active and resourceful agents within the wider community.

This discussion draws on some of the innovative education projects that underpin the forthcoming project A Fair Land at IMMA in collaboration with Grizedale Arts.


Chair Gary Granville is Professor of Education in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was formerly Assistant Chief Executive in the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Originally a teacher in Dublin schools, he worked on innovative education projects in the Curriculum Development Unit in Dublin. His most recent publication is Art Education and Contemporary Culture: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives (Intellect, 2012). Website http://www.obrien.ie/gary-granville

Aislinn O Donnell teaches Philosophy of Education in Initial Teacher Education and Postgraduate programmes in Mary Immaculate College (University of Limerick), publishing widely nationally and internationally, and engaging in international networks like the Anna Lindh Foundation, New Research in Philosophy of Education, and COST, Aislinn has developed a number of creative research and teaching projects that seek to introduce philosophy to settings like the prison, probation projects, and drug projects. She has an ongoing collaborative project in primary schools called Art and Philosophy in the Classroom with gallery educator and curator, Katy Fitzpatrick. Aislinn is interested in exploring innovative and experimental approaches to teaching philosophy, fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue between philosophy and other subject areas, and developing pedagogical strategies to help us to reflect upon ethics, inclusion, diversity, and the global refugee crisis in educational institutions and society. She is also interested in thinking about how public institutions in Ireland can become more pluralistic and participatory, creating more opportunities for the voices of all those who are part of those institutions to be heard. Further information can be found. http://maryimmaculate.academia.edu/AislinnODonnell

Glenn Loughran is an artist and educator born in Belfast, N.Ireland 1973. After studying Art and Design at The Ulster University in 1991 Loughran emigrated to the U.S for six years before returning to Ireland. On return he enrolled at Dun Laoghaire College of Art Design Technology, and received a Diploma in Fine Art (2002). He went on to complete a B.A in Fine Art Painting 2003 and an M.A in Sculpture at N.C.A.D 2005, completing his doctorate at the Graduate School Of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) in 2013. His doctoral research developed through GradCAM and the NCAD formed a hybrid of these practices around the concept of the event. This research was explored in a practice based project called the hedgeschoolproject, represented through the following Website: http://eventaleducation.tumblr.com/

Adam Sutherland is currently the director of Grizedale arts a public art agency in the Lake District of England. Trained as an artist with an early career being principally working with communities and collectives before moving into more formally constitutedorganisations as creative and executive director his work has always been centred on the use of creativity in everyday life, problem solving and enhancement of the day to day. This notion underpins a belief in personal and community self determination and the creative impulse as a way to negotiate a better way to live.

Grizedale Arts is a commissioning and residency centred organisation remotely and rurally located on a productive small holding, the organisation works as a collective on very local programme of everyday activities principally in the local community and the village hall complex they have been instrumental in renewing. The organisation also works on international projects in the art world bringing the village community into an exchange that revitalises both the function of art and the role of the artist. Website: http://www.grizedale.org/

Click here to visit the IMMA website and book your place at this event.