Keynote Speakers

Satish Kumar

Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist

Co-founder & Visiting Fellow, Schumacher College

A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years.

Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness of strangers, he and a colleague walked from India to America to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the world’s then four nuclear powers.

In 1973 Satish settled in the UK becoming the editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held until 2016, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he co-founded Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is a Visiting Fellow. 

Satish has received honours from a number of UK universities, including the University of Plymouth, the University of Lancaster, the University of Exeter, the University of Suffolk and the University of Wales. In 2001 he was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for promoting Gandhian values outside India, and was appointed an Oxfam UK Ambassador in 2014. Satish is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Gross National Happiness Centre of Bhutan.

He has published serval books, including his autobiography ‘No Destination’, ‘You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence’, ‘The Buddha and the Terrorist’, ‘Earth Pilgrim’, ‘Soil, Soul, Society’ and ‘Elegant Simplicity’. In 2008, as part of BBC2’s ‘Natural World’ series, he presented a 50-minute documentary from Dartmoor, which was watched by over 3.6 million people.

In recognition of his commitment to animal welfare and compassionate living, he was elected vice-president of the RSPCA. He continues to teach and run workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity and is a much sought-after speaker both in the UK and abroad.

A pedagogy for sustainability: Revisioning education for the Age of Ecology

The present education system is designed to meet the needs of economic growth, ever increasing productivity and consumption using nature as a resource for the economy. In the context of diminishing biodiversity, climate catastrophe and the COVID-19 crisis this educational system needs to change. Satish Kumar talks about the need for a new education system which will be responsive to an ecological integrity and sustainability of the ecosystem.


Michele Gregson

General Secretary, NSEAD

Arts Education Consultant

Michele Gregson is General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design - the trade union, professional body and learned society for art, craft and design professionals.

Michele has worked throughout her career with children, young people and educators in arts education and cultural settings. After working for many years in London and Kent as an art teacher, head of department and school leader, she joined Kent County Council’s Advisory Service for Schools, supporting schools in challenging circumstances, then as Adviser for Art & Design, for Kent schools. Since 2010 she worked as an independent arts consultant, before taking office at NSEAD in January 2019.

Liz Macfarlene

President, NSEAD

Art Education Consultant & Fine Artist

Liz Macfarlane is currently President of NSEAD and a freelance art and design education consultant working with primary and secondary schools and academies to provide support and bespoke CPD. She is a member of the expert subject advisory panel for Ofqual and holds the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors, having inspected for Ofsted. She is also co-author of the ‘Cambridge International AS and A Level Art and Design Student’s Book’. She has been a Lead Practitioner for Applied Art and Design as well as a successful subject and faculty leader in Leicestershire secondary schools.

Rachel Payne

Former President, NSEAD

Principal Lecturer, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Rachel Payne works at Oxford Brookes University as a Principal Lecturer in Student Experience where she leads the MA in Education: Artist Teacher Practice. Research interests focus on transformative pedagogies and arts-based research. As a Past President for the National Society for Education in Art and Design, Rachel lobbies the UK government for high quality art education for all.

NSEAD Address

For the first time in its 133-year history, the three key leadership roles of the Society are held by women. Together they consider the shifting landscape of Art, Craft and Design education and what ‘change’ means as NSEAD seeks to be more inclusive, reflecting the expansive nature of our subject in 2021 and the changing needs of art educators and their learners.

Parallel Sessions

The programme of parallel sessions is organised based on common interest themes where possible. Delegates are required to select the parallel sessions they will attend prior to the conference. Places in each break out room are limited and will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please note that the programme of Parallel Sessions may be subject to alterations.

See below for a list of papers and presenters in each breakout room on Sunday 28 March, or view the PDF version for the schedule including abstracts.

To select your places in the Parallel Sessions, please visit the Eventbrite booking page.


Breakout Room 1


Entangling Children's Literature and Art: Potentials for wellbeing

Andrie Savva  |  Cambridge University


Aesthoecology and its implications for Art and Design Education

Emese Hall & Chris Turner  |  University of Exeter


Thoughtful pedagogy: A healing collaboration during isolation

Kate Wurtzel & Michael Leonas  |  University of North Texas


Digital filmmaking as an affective and embodied process of living

Natalie LeBlanc  |  University of Victoria


Breakout Room 2


A New Felt Presence

Georgina Spry  |  University of Chester


Innovating through hybridisation: art-based pedagogy in leadership training

Monica Biagioli & Clive Holtham  |  London College of Communication, University of the Arts London


Drawing as a research method in the hybrid space art studies

Austra Avotina  |  University of Latvia


Connection and Isolation: Artistic inquiry in a post-secondary Art Education online classroom

Alison Shields  |  University of Victoria


Breakout Room 3


Expanding from the small screen - arts practice for affective digital presence

Miranda Matthews  |  Goldsmiths, University of London


Re-imagining Learning | Spaces of Possibility

Penny Hay  |  Bath Spa University


Valuing and supporting introverted students in the virtual design classroom

Kristin Callahan  |  Lewis University


Breakout Room 4


The use of multi-faceted delivery styles, integrating social media platforms ‘TikTok’ and ‘WeChat’ are filling the gap of creative ideas ordinarily present during traditional style studio practice

Linda Copeland, Jo Kedian & Elaine Little  |  Beijing Academy of Creative Art (BACA) & Blackpool Sixth Form College


"You're on mute...."

Susan M Coles  |  World Councillor International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) & Past President, NSEAD


Hybrid Learning: From rapid response to realising potential

Mark Charters & Correy Murphy  |  Glasgow School of Art


Online Art of Well-being: A women's project

Suzy Tutchell  |  University of Reading


Breakout Room 5


Family Co-Design: A strategic learning model of residential interior design and styling during pandemic

Yusita Kusumarini & Sherly de Yong  |  Petra Christian University


A Reunion in the Place Where You Are - Capturing the experiences of senior citizens during the Covid Pandemic through remote approaches

Harriet Simms & Alaya Ang  |  Glasgow School of Art


Making and Relational Creativity: An exploration of relationships that arise through creative practices in informal making spaces

Lindsey Bennett  |  University of Chester


Designing Future Entrepreneurs: Innovation pedagogies  within sustainable entrepreneurial learning environments

George Jaramillo & Joseph Lockwood  |  Heriot-Watt University


Breakout Room 6


Autoethnography as a tool to navigate cognitive dissonance surrounding conceptions of cognition in art education

Rebecca Heaton  |  National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University


Disrupted professional: an artist teacher in lockdown

Rachel Payne  |  Oxford Brookes University & NSEAD


Sounds of Our School: Place-based learning through multi-sensory applications

Laura Lightbody  |  Chryston High School, North Lanarkshire


Inclusion and empathic design

Michelle Wiebe  |  The University of Victoria