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Art Education Australia (AEA), proudly hosts the journal

Australian Art Education

AEA Council seeks to appoint a leading scholar in art education to fulfil the role of Editor.

It is envisioned that the Editor would undertake the role in a voluntary capacity supported by the AEA Council, for an initial period of one year. Part of this role would entail a review of the journal in its current form. The AEA Council is keen to work with the Editor to consider ways that the journal might be re-developed to more effectively disseminate research that reflects the interests of art educators in tertiary, school and community settings in local and international contexts.

Click here to access the role description for the position of Editor.

The AEA Council invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the role of Editor. The EOI should include:

  • a current CV detailing previous editorial experience in art education; and
  • a brief account (no more than 1000 words) of the strengths you would bring to the role and the key contributions you would make to the development of the journal.

EOIs should be addressed “To the attention of the Secretary, AEA” and submitted by 10 December 2016 by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The AEA Council will consider all EOIs submitted and advise applicants of the outcome by the end of the year.

Should you require further information please contact me by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yours sincerely

Dr Karen Maras

President of AEA






The Post-Graduate Program in Art at the University of Brasilia publishes the academic journal entitled VIS. This publication began in 2014 and promotes research that attends to the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Design.  Current contributors have been educators, historians, philosophers and sociologists. The journal is open access and is available at with articles mainly published in Portuguese, while submissions in English, Spanish, and French are also welcome.

We are planning an upcoming issue on arts based research.  With this call for papers and visual essays we are inviting artists and arts educators to contribute works that combine theorizing and practicing to exemplify the best of arts based research.  Single author and collaborative works are encouraged.  Experimental work is encouraged and provocative essays that extend discussions in this area are also encouraged.

This particular volume will be co-edited by Drs. Belidson Dias, Rita Irwin and Anita Sinner.  Please extend inquiries to any one of the editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles and visuals essays are due no later than March 31, 2017.  After peer review, accepted articles and visual essays may still need revisions.  Final articles and visual essays will be printed in VIS in late 2017 or early 2018.





Dear Colleagues

The AEA Executive Committee met a few weeks ago.  Having finally settled many loose ends on the administrative and financial fronts we are now in a position to take small steps toward working proactively toward a future-oriented agenda for AEA.

Our priorities are to develop the areas of the journal and membership, with a longer term view of reforming our research seminar program.

What follows is an update of our recent work and some calls for your support and input.


The Journal

Editorial Matters: Dr Lexi Cutcher is moving on from her role at Editor of Australian Art Education. Lexi has achieved a great deal in developing the journal and supporting AEA in this capacity. We are sad to see her leave but wish her all the best in her next endeavours. She has committed to completing her duties upon the release of the next edition for 2016 which will be ready in a few weeks’ time. Lexi will also be providing advice about the role and we will shortly be calling for Expressions of Interest for this role. Stay tuned….

Call for Papers

We are committed to developing another edition of Australian Art Education in 2016 or in early 2017.  We invite you to submit an article as soon as possible to keep the journal editions ticking over.

Submission details, style guideline and information about the journal can be found at:

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your next paper for review soon.

The Future of the Journal

During the regeneration of this association the current AEA Council made a strong commitment tosustaining the journal. We are now in a position to take stock of how the journal is travelling and ways we might develop it into the future.  

On 15 June 2016 AEA Councillors are holding a special meeting to focus on the future of the journal. We envisage this as a ‘think tank’ on how we should position the journal into the future and options we have in this regard.

A few questions now arise for us in terms of the future of the AEA journal. We’d like your input on these issues and invite you to contribute constructive ideas and ways forward:

  • Is there interest in getting a third edition out in 2016? How do we progress this?
  • Should the journal remain as it is? Does AEA continue to publish it? Should we move to an open access arrangement? A publishing house? Could it be located within a university context?...other ideas….?
  • Appointment of a new editor?  Process?
  • Editorial Board ? role and constituents
  • Other options we may have…?

In preparation for this meeting you may like to explore how other journals are operating in the current climate, seek advice from colleagues in other fields about what makes for good journal practice…we are looking for creative suggestions and ideas.

If you have bright ideas, suggestions or expertise you would like to contribute to this process please forward suggestions to Dr Mark Selkrig who is co-ordinating the journal renewal process (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


The good news is that we are now totally in control of the financial arrangements. All links to the previous administrators have been severed and to assist Jenny Grenfell in her work as Treasurer we will engage a bookkeeper for a few hours each month when required. 

We are in the process of submitting two annual statements to Consumer Affairs Victoria, one of which should have been lodged for 2014-15, the other for the current 2015-16 financial year) to report our financial activity and is a requirement of being an incorporated association.  Thanks to both Jenny Grenfell as Treasurer and Kathy Hendy-Ekers as Secretary for their continued work on this matter.

We appear to have a steady stream of renewals trickling in and all outstanding invoices have been settled. We are still coming to terms with the nature of our financial constraints and scope. At this point we have a modest working balance.


Administrative Support

We are seeking a person who might fill a part-time or casual role as Administrative Officer. The main duties would be:

  • attending to email enquiries
  • providing support to members regarding membership issues
  • updating the website news
  • distributing e-news items

In the interim Kathy Hendy-Ekers is monitoring the emails and mail.

If you know of anyone who might like this kind of admin support work…a PhD student…HDR…part-time administrator…please alert them to this opportunity and invite them to contact Karen Maras ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


We are currently working on establishing an accurate list of financial members having worked through the complexities of the financial records.

Future key priorities for Membership include:

  • What do members get for their contribution? Many can access the journal through libraries.
  • Initiatives that may attract members? Possibilities discussed included a research seminar of active researchers and their HDR candidates, the outcomes of which may be publishable papers in the journal.
  • Encouraging more to renew through regular e-news announcements.


Renew your AEA Membership:   

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about AEA.

National Agenda and issues

Mark Selkrig as offered to be the AEA Representative or contact person for the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE), a lobby group lead by Julie Dyson. While this link has historically been problematic on some issues, we felt it important to remain linked into conversations impacting Visual Arts education.

Karen Maras will be the AEA contact for ACARA agenda & will work on establishing closer links with State Professional Associations for Art Educators.

E-news – help needed please

We are keen to ensure we communicate regularly with the AEA membership and see a regular E-news bulletin as a good way to do this.  An E-news co-ordinator will soon be appointed to attend to this. We welcome any news on research projects, conferences and achievements you may like to celebrate and share with our members. Please send information you’d like distributed to Karen Maras ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Forthcoming Conferences & Events

2016 AARE Conference Melbourne  27 Nov – 1 Dec

We hope that many of you have submitted abstracts for the 2016 AARE Conference if attending this conference please support your colleagues by attending presentations by members of the AARE Arts Research and Practice SIG.

If you are presenting at AARE please consider submitting your paper to the AEA journal!

Creative Education & Research Summit 2016

Convened by the AARE AEPR SIG, the Arts, Creativity and Education SIG at Monash University Faculty of Education and ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

November 27, 2016 (10.00 am - 3.30 pm)(pre-AARE day) Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne.

Stay up to date on this event and more to come through our Facebook page

AARE’s AEPR SIG is pleased to invite your Expressions of Interest for the Creative Education Summit on November 27, 2016. Proposals should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 15, 2016 and should represent short Pecha Kucha-style 6:40 minute presentations from individuals or teams. Submit a 100-150 word EOIs for short presentations along the following thematics:  

#1 – Where is the ‘art’ in creativity education and research?

#2 – Interdisciplinarity in ‘doing’ creative education (death to siloes!)

#3 – Creative approaches to education research

#4 – Professional placements/creative partnerships

#5 – Creative education policy

#6 – What is teaching in a creative learning era?

#7 – Is digital education always creative (and innovative)?

#8 – Creativity assessment: oxymoron or useful constraint?

#9 – Why isn’t creative industries interested in arts education?

#10 – Have we learned nothing from UK’s Creative Partnerships?

Registration on the AARE conference registration page

$50 for AARE members; $75 for non-members.

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Volume 37, Number 2, 2016

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National Visual Art Education Conference
New directions: practice + innovation + learning
20–22 January 2016

Registrations now open

The National Gallery of Australia would like to welcome those interested in visual arts education from across the country and beyond, to the third National Visual Art Education Conference in January 2016.

Keynote speakers include: Professor Howard Gardner Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professor Ellen Winner Harvard Graduate School of Education, Rika Burnham Head of Education at The Frick Collection, New York and world renowned artist Christian Thompson More

Register now
The conference is a NGA Betty Churcher Art Education and Access Program 
made possible with the support of Tim Fairfax AC

Christian Thompson Untitled #2 2008 (detail) Photographs, C-Type print 
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2009

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Following their recent Annual General Meeting, Art Education Australia (AEA) have announced their new 2017 - 2018 Executive: 


President - Dr Margaret Baguley, University of Southern Queensland (QLD)
Vice President -  Dr Abbey MacDonald,
University of Tasmania (TAS)
Secretary - Dr Malcom Bywaters,
University of Tasmania (TAS)
Treasurer -  Ms Sue Pavlovich,
Horsham College (VIC)


The new AEA Executive look forward to working with art education organisations across Australia to provide a collaborative network which will further strenghten the collective voice of the visual arts and education in Australia, both nationally and internationally.


We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the outgoing AEA Executive and Council for their efforts and investments in the association over the past three years.


Dr Martin Kerby (USQ) has taken on the role of Editor for the AEA journal Australian Art Education. Martin sees the journal as playing a vital role in disseminating high quality research for educators, artists, researchers, and museum and gallery professionals. Please refer to the website for the editorial policy and author guidelines which can be found under the 'Journal and Publications' link above. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to forward these directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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On 17 October 2014, there was a letter to the editor in the Sydney Morning Herald from Michael Lester that I would like to share with you.

Michael Lester was talking of Richard Flanagan’s Booker prize win for the Narrow Road to the Deep North but what he says goes to the heart of why a successful domestic publishing industry is so important to Australia:

"Several years ago in Newcastle I had the honour to act in a John Romeril play, The Floating World, about the recollections of a digger who was held at Changi during World War ll. Like most Australians, I knew not nearly enough about how horrendous life was for those men, how they coped, how they survived.

Sadly, because we had a limited literary industry and virtually no film industry after World War II, we never experienced the catharsis that was experienced in the US and Britain, and never admired the courage and determination which was part of the salvation of the nation…. We don’t forget Gallipoli; let's never forget Burma and Changi."

The vibrant domestic publishing industry that has emerged in Australia over the past 25 years matters to our nation and how we think of ourselves and the outside world. Without it we would not have seen a large number of titles commissioned, for example, on our military history. Stories of Kokoda, Burma, Changi, Long Tan, Uruzgan may have passed with the men who lived them. Authors like Richard Flanagan may have never got their chance to tell the story inspired by his father.

Without the economic ecosystem that helps sustain our book industry -  be it public lending rights, territorial copyright rules or  licensing revenue from secondary copying - those stories may not have been told.

Warm regards,

Murray St Leger


40 Years of Copyright


“Advocacy White Papers for Art Education” are a collection of 14 essays written in response to the NAEA report, Learning in a Visual Age: The Critical Importance of Visual Arts Education. These essays communicate the value of visual arts education in a constantly changing educational environment and demonstrate why visual arts education is important for meeting each student’s educational needs. We urge you to share the White Papers for Art Education with colleagues, policy makers, supervisors and administrators, preservice art educators, and parents.

Visit to download the essays.




Prepared by:
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CEC)
Independent School Victoria

Download a PDF of the response

The Google Art Project, ( is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. Select a museum then either chose ‘Explore the museum’ or ‘View Artwork’. Once you are in the main site use the drop-down menus or the side info bar to navigate between artworks and museums. You can create and share your own collections online.

This on-line journal is dedicated to considering the UNESCO Road Map following the Seoul, Korea World Congress on Arts Education in May 2010.
Now freely available on-line:

A reunion of the Melbourne Teachers College Secondary Art & Craft Teachers Certificate graduating class of 1967 will take place in Melbourne soon.

For more information please contact Gavin Fry, Director, Newcastle Museum. Phone: 02 4974 1414, Fax 4974 1405, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (The Draft Shape Paper) was designed to provide advice to writing teams on the nature of learning and the nature of curriculum in each of the artforms of Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. It followed the Initial Advice paper: The Arts presented to invited arts educators, jurisdictions and industry representatives at the Arts Forum held in Sydney on 3 May 2010. Following this forum, feedback was given to writers which have formed the basis of the Draft Shape Paper.

The Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education is a major outcome of UNESCO’s Second World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on 25 – 28 May 2010. Download a PDF of the Seoul Agenda.

AEA member Marian Strong attended the InSEA 32 World Congress, Osaka, Japan, held in August 2008.



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