The lenses

“to be a leader, you have to lead yourself first” Debasish Mridha

Leading your curriculum – how can you be the creator of your own curriculum? . We invite you to approach your curriculum as a space where your students can make new connections, explore ideas, open their minds and make work that has meaning for them. 

Leading your practice – how is your practice as a teacher inspired and enriched by creative practice? We explore pedagogical approaches that are original, innovative and relevant for your learners, informed and transformed by the practice of contemporary artists, designers and craftspeople.

Leading your activism – How can you make change as an educator? How can your learners lead change as artists? We explore the power of the visual arts to express values and explore solutions.

Leading your career – what do you want to achieve in your career? We explore the unique way that art educators engage with learners, colleagues and communities, Discussion and debate about the what leadership means at all stages of your career.

Leading your wellbeing – What does self care mean to you? We encourage you to be mindful of your own needs, so you are better able to support the people you care about. 


With thanks to the conference committee 

  • Paul Brennan
  • Lucy Hall
  • Liz McFarlane
  • Suzy Tutchell
  • Marlene Wylie