Presenting at the NSEAD National Conference

We were honoured to be invited to present ‘FLOCK TOGETHER’ at the NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design) national conference at the Birmingham and Midland Institute recently.

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Sculpture by Antony Gormley at the top of Hill Street by the BMI in Birmingham

The conference aimed to define and celebrate how art and design so successfully prepares young people for life in Modern Britain. With the forthcoming schools workshops and resources planned to support educational engagement with our project, we were delighted to be part of this day.

The audience comprised a broad cross-section of representatives from all sectors of art education, including university lecturers, school teachers, international researchers in art education, arts and cultural organisations and artists working with an educational remit.

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The Birmingham and Midland Institute

Delegates enjoyed hearing about the evolution of our project since its inception and eagerly responded to our plans for the educational aspects which will be developed later in the summer.  They were especially intrigued by the fusion of hand-drawn and machine-made marks which is central to our practice and resonated with some parallel investigations currently underway at various universities and educational establishments. We hope to continue dialogue with some of them as our resources are developed.

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Presenters’ badges – badges are all the rage right now – we’re getting them everywhere we go!

We plan to work with Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s in-house team of educational experts to create an educational resource pack to accompany our exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery later in the year and also develop it into an online resource with the support of Access Art. Of course, you know us, we’ll also be doing lots more hands-on workshops in the gallery too – more about this nearer the time…….

Our huge thanks to Lesley Butterworth, General Secretary of the NSEAD and everyone there who supported us. Have a look at their website to see the amazing ambassadorial work they do so tirelessly in the name of art and design education across the country.


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