Convenors: , University of the Arts London, UK & Stephanie James, Syracuse University, USA


“I do not intend to speak about just speak near by” Trinh T. Minh-ha


In the early 21st century, a series of marked social, political and economic changes have had significant impact on the infrastructure and dynamics of the art world. The impact has been acutely felt by art education institutions, which are under pressure from significant cutbacks in state funding, increased competition, demands to grow student numbers, new modes of communication and increased expectations to participate in public initiatives. What cultural capital does a student of fine art now need to develop a career in the arts?

These and other changes have brought to the fore issues of the role and activities of art education today—including responsibility and obligations as mediators between a broader range of stakeholders and funding bodies whose interests rarely coincide. How might a radical androgogy operate within an institution under these recent contexts? In this complex and conflict-ridden arena, it has become crucial to not only to identify, but also reconsider, reformulate and repurpose, the ethical basis and scope of the art education institution to retain its relevance to the society of the future. Activist methods of teaching ethically and the ‘ethical’ have engaged lecturers to consider diverse structures; how have feminist, LGBTQI or culturally diverse forms of art practice and/or teaching enhanced the curriculum and our understanding?

During this two-day conference, we propose to discuss some of the most pressing ethical implications and challenges facing the work of art education institutions today: How do artists and researchers form communities of practice and how might they include and exclude? Is it possible to teach students to balance being both ethically enlightened and a business without compromising either professional standards or financial accountability? What is allowed and disallowed in the relation to conventions that claim ethics and diversity? We hope to think of art as an ethical agency in an interesting and productive manner.

The conveners are interested in receiving all forms of presentation for this strand, papers, case studies, projects, performances or workshops.


Keywords; Radical Pedagogy, Androgogy, Ethical and Diverse Methodologies.