International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Contemporary Art of Collaboration

Volume 27.2   2008



Predetermined assessment criteria and target levels threaten to constrain and limit teachers’ desire to provide a balanced and innovative curriculum for their pupils. Through the collaborative production of annual installations, the fine art department at Trinity Catholic School has attempted to confound the effects of a comprehensive school’s limitations. These installations allow hundreds of participants of all ages to collaborate in partnership ethos exploring contemporary issues and modes of practice and enable both pupils and teachers to engage with art as a creative process.
The installation is used as a gallery resource centre both in-house and by the local community. The recent installation entitled ‘Laboratories’, analysing links between art and science, becomes a case study to examine the avoidance of limitations imposed by exam-driven targets, instead an environment was fostered that actively promoted a ‘learning for all’ philosophy including teachers and mature students.