Neil Walton

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Position Lecturer
Department Educational Studies
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Neil Walton

Neil Walton is Subject Leader for PGCE Secondary Art and Design.

After training at the Royal Academy Schools, he received his MA in History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London, and then a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton.

He worked for over a decade in London secondary schools and has taught art history at various art schools and colleges. His interests are in the history of art education and psychoanalytic aesthetics.

He has published articles on the journal Block, on the art theorist Anton Ehrenzweig and on the National Arts Education Archive. He has worked on various projects with the artist Cathie Pilkington, such as the exhibitions ‘The Ancestors’ at the Royal Academy of Arts and ‘The Covering’ at Karsten Schubert.

Current work includes developing a historicist pedagogy of art and design and examining how Richard Wollheim’s psychoanalytic aesthetics can inform art education.

He is a Trustee of the Association for Art History and a co-editor of the International Journal of Art and Design Education.

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Walton, Neil. 2020. There are no formal elements. Why we need a historicist pedagogy of Art and Design. In: Nicholas Addison and Lesley Burgess, eds. Debates in Art and Design Education. London: Routledge, pp. 72-81. ISBN 9780367193218


Walton, Neil. 2023. Making art explicit: knowledge, reason and art history in the art and design curriculum. International Journal of Art and Design Education, ISSN 1476-8062

Walton, Neil. 2019. Anton Ehrenzweig, the artist teacher and a psychoanalytic approach to school art education. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 38(4), pp. 832-839. ISSN 1476-8062

Walton, Neil. 2018. The Journal Block and Its Art School Context. Arts, 7(4),

Adams, Jeff; Bailey, Rowan and Walton, Neil. 2017. The National Arts Education Archive: Ideas and Imaginings. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 36(2), pp. 176-187.