To celebrate their contributions to Art Education, The Centre for Arts and Learning has invited Professor Dennis Atkinson and Dr Paul Dash to give a seminar.
DENNIS ATKINSON: APHESIS: The Poetic Force of Art
In a time when art education, particularly in schools, is under some threat this short presentation will argue for the importance of art in education in terms of the force or the ‘work’ of art. The argument takes the line that the transformational and ‘vital’ force of art is deeply significant for processes of learning and pedagogic action because the emphasis is not upon the art object in its more traditional or contemporary guises but upon art’s process of becoming or its event…an event that will be considered in terms of a poietic materiality. The presentation will consider educational practices through two lenses: education viewed in terms of the power of production, commodification and calculation whose force is ultimately divisive, generating in many a feeling of resentment and education viewed in terms of an aphetic space of mutuality, enabling and poiesis whose force, put in the words of Deleuze, is to restore a belief in this world when today for many the distance between involvement in the world and a belief in it is increasing.
Originally from Yorkshire Dennis Atkinson completed his PhD at Southampton University in 1988. He taught in secondary schools in England from 1971-1988 when he was appointed lecturer in art and design education at Goldsmiths University of London. Since then he has directed a number of programmes including, PGCE secondary art and design teacher education, MA Education: Culture, Language and Identity and PhD programme in Educational Studies. He was appointed Professor of Art in Education in 2005 and was Head of Department of Educational Studies from 2006-2009. He established the Research Centre for The Arts and Learning in the Department of Educational Studies in 2005 and was Director from 2005-2013. He was the Principal Editor of The International Journal of Art and Design Education from 2002-2009 and is a member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s Publications Board and he was made a Fellow of the Society in 2009. Dennis has published regularly in a number of international academic journals since 1991 including The International Journal for Art and Design Education, The International Journal of Inclusive Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, British Educational Research Journal, and has contributed chapters to a number of edited collections. He has published five books, Art in Education: Identity and Practice; Social and Critical Practice in Art Education, (with Paul Dash); Regulatory Practices in Education: A Lacanian Perspective, (with Tony Brown & Janice England,); Teaching Through Contemporary Art: A report on innovative practices in the classroom, (with Jeff Adams, Kelly Worwood, Paul Dash, Steve Herne, & Tara Page) and Art, Equality and Learning: Pedagogies Against the State.
PAUL DASH: ‘FINDING MY WAY’
The key themes in my work are street festivals and carnival (mas). It is partly in these popular art forms that African diasporic communities throughout the Americas and elsewhere maintain continuity with African traditions. My identity as an artist is fixed in the fun and spectacle, and ultimately the social and political resistance of mas.
Paul Dash taught in London Secondary schools for over twenty years before taking up a post as lecturer in art education at the Institute of Education from 1993-1996. He moved to Goldsmiths in 1996 to join the PGCE Art Education team and he directed the PGCE Art and Design Pogramme from 2000-2008. From 2008-2011 he was Head of the MA Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practice and also supervised PhD research students. In 2002 Paul received the Peake Award for Innovation and Excellence in University Teaching. In 2003 he received the Windrush Award for contributions to Education. He was awarded his PhD in 2008. Paul was a member of the Editorial Team for the International Journal of Art and Design Education from 2001-2009. He has published in a number of international and national academic journals including The International Journal of Art and Design Education, Forum, International Journal of Inclusive Education, and has contributed to edited collections on art and design education. He published the book African Caribbean Pupils in Art Education in 2010. Paul has continued to practice painting, drawing and work in other media throughout his life, he was a member of the black artist movement in the 1970s and 1980s and his work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions. Most recently, Paul’s work was on display at The New English Art Club’s Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
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