International Journal of Art & Design Education

Manipulation and National Culture: The Welsh Dimension in Art Education

Volume 17.2   1998



This paper attempts to investigate some of the possible causes for ignoring the Welsh dimension in Art. It researches the rationale for a Welsh dimension of art, craft and design and the political, educational and cultural climate in which it was introduced; consider the current debate about the nature of Welsh tradition and culture; enquires into the availability and accessibility of relevant resources; studies the prospects for further development of the Welsh dimension and the extent to which this requirement has become embedded into art education in Wales; and considers some implications for future conceptions of Welsh culture. It concludes by reflecting on the roles of government, the educational establishment and teachers in the manipulation of concepts of a national visual culture.