Belonging: Dialogues for culturally responsive art & design education

Friday 11 November - Sunday 13 November 2022


This year’s iJADE conference will be hosted online.

In times of political, economic, environmental, and societal turbulence, Culturally Responsive Education challenges all of us. 

How can Art and Design Education be relevant to the lives of all learners, including their varied social worlds, identities and intersections, their backgrounds, heritage, and lived experiences? 

These debates are accelerating and intensifying. One global impetus comes from the Black Lives Matter movement as it seeks to uncover and transform current racialised injustices through shared forms of reflection and action. Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Decolonisation, the central tenets of Culturally Responsive Education, have the power to disrupt and transform existing educational structures and practices across all educational sectors, globally. And yet real changes often happen too slowly. 

How can we enlist our knowledge, practice and curricula in responding to these challenges? What role can art and design education play in the genuine transformations of our institutions and pedagogies, creating a sense of belonging for all learners?

We plan to feature papers with a wide range of responses and approaches to the issues raised including (but not limited to) the following questions and themes:

  • What is unique about Art and Design in supporting Culturally Responsive Education?
  • How can we connect Art and Design curricula, at all levels, with diverse communities?
  • What roles can universities and schools play in the future of Culturally Responsive Education in Art and Design?
  • ‘Powerful knowledge’ in the Art and Design curriculum
  • To what extent should Art and Design Education be concept or content driven/process or knowledge-based in support of culturally responsive aims?
  • Does Art and Design practice constitute its own field of knowledge?
  • The role of disciplinary/interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary communities in Art and Design Education
  • Art and Design curricular, agency and communities of enquiry
  • Decolonising the Art and Design curriculum
  • Diversifying knowledge and authority of knowledge in museums and galleries
  • Pedagogies that promote diversity as a creative resource
  • Knowledge and curricula in the art school
  • Art practice as a form of knowledge

The deadline for abstract submissions has now closed for 2022.

The deadline for registration has now closed for 2022.

Image © Alberta Whittle, Glasgow School of Art MFA 2011


See highlights from 2021's conference on youTube here


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