The Hidden Curriculum:
Annual Symposium for Fine Art Educators, London 2015



This one day event offers a forum in which to discuss the nature of the Fine Art curriculum, and to reflect upon how it has changed – or not, since it’s introduction in the 1970s.

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This event is free to NAFAE members:
Individual membership: £30 (£20 for students & artists)
Institutional membership: £150
(Institutional membership includes 5 named members)

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The Tory objection to creative education

Education secretary Nicky Morgan has warned young people that choosing to study arts subjects at school could "hold them back for the rest of their lives".

The art critic Ruskin referred to the balance of art education as representing heart, head and hand. That might be referred to as attitude, aptitude and application in less emotive or poetic language. At the core of this sentiment is the idea that a person is seeking to grow and become effective in the world.
A response from Paul Haywood, NAFAE Chair.

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Then And Now: From a (greater) distance 1967 - 2009

By Tim Dunbar, September 2014

Originally presented in March 2014 at the NAFE symposium
'45 Years of Fine Art Education: drawing the line?'

This text probably requires a kind of health warning or note of caution. I retired from teaching over five years ago and have had very little contact with fine art education since then. But this position, as a distanced onlooker, has provided me with a distinctive and unique opportunity to reflect on experiences and commentaries...

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  • Coventry University Research Studentships

    Fully funded PhD Research Studentships for September 2015.
    The awards are to be made across a number of main research interests including Art & Design, and Special Exhibition Studentships.

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  • Tradesman's EntranceCall for Artist in Residence

    Deadline 18th April
    Labour Exchange is a non‐commercial, independent artists’ collective. We are currently programming Tradesmans Entrance Earlsdon’s inaugural contemporary visual art festival.

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  • External Examiner Information

    External Examining is an important role in ensuring consistency of provision and awards and accuracy of marking in relation to national standards and benchmarks.
    Please submit your own details and encourage colleagues to do the same.

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  • The Shame of the English Baccalaureate

    An increasingly vocal constituency drawn from education, the cultural professions and specifically the arts have been adding almost daily to the literature and debate surrounding the government’s discredited plan to establish the English Baccalaureate.

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  • Poznan Conference

    Deadline for the abstracts extended until the end of April!
    Paradox Fine Art European Forum Biennial Conference
    9th–11th September 2015
    The University of Arts in Poznań, Poland

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CHEAD Symposium
What is the Point of Employability in Art and Design?
15 May 2015 9.30-3.30
Chelsea College of Art
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Steering Group Meeting
Thursday 21 May 2015 2pm
London Metropolitan University
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Membership & Networking meeting
Thursday 21 May 2015
Woburn House, London
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NSEAD national conference
Art, craft and design education; preparing young people for life in modern Britain
26-27th June 2015
The Birmingham and Midland Institute
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