Action Research Group: Better practice in Art, Craft and Design

The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Better Practice was formed in 2019. Identified as a key priority by NSEAD members, the Group have collaborated to define and build guidance for better curriculum design, pedagogy and learning approaches in our subject. The group's guidance or ‘aide memoir’, is called the Big Landscape for Art, Craft and Design Education.

The Big Landscape has now been published. It identifies and signposts the concepts, approaches and the purpose of learning in and through art, craft and design. It was first published in AD magazine as a large-format a@ poster. Launching 11 March 2024 The Big Landscape is now an online toolkit for contemporary curriculum design.

This SIG is formed of NSEAD members and officers: Ged Gast (F&GP), professor Andy Ash (chair), Deidre Robson, Ian Thompson, Liz Lawrence, Anna Pickard, Toby Saville, Kerry Kibson, Paul Brennan, Marlene Wylie (president of NSEAD), Michele Gregson and Sophie Leach. This is a cross-phase group who seek to connect curriculum research with practice that can be applied locally and nationally. Thank you to Anne Pickard who helped design our new toolkit and Rayvenn D'Clark who is project managing The Big Landscape.

Members of NSEAD Forum serve on this Group and - they were formed in 2019 and began their work in February 2020. They continued to meet regularly to build this vital new resource and toolkit. If you would like to learn more about their work, please email

Please note: The Big Landscape for Art, Craft and Design, was published in AD as a large-format poster (A2) and was available to members. Members can now download the large format poster - now titled 'The Big Landscape Atlas. 

Find out more about The Big Landscape here

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Find out more about member benefits – which includes full access to The Big Landscape – and join NSEAD here.