UPDATE: REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL 900+ delegates who are actively engaging and talking together about quality early childhood visual arts pedagogy.
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I have been privileged to attend the bi-annual International Art in Early Childhood conference since 2013 in Cyprus. This was the 5th bi-annual conference, and I have been fortunate to attend every conference since then. In attending and presenting at this bi-annual conference I have found ‘my community.’ This community is made up of teachers, artists and researchers from all around the world who are particularly passionate to learn about, build up and improve visual arts practice in early childhood contexts.
Our International Art in Early Childhood (IAEC) community was very much looking forward to reconnecting again in Exeter (UK) in 2021. However, the international pandemic has put that on hold…for now. During 2020 several of us, feeling isolated in our own contexts reconnected via Zoom…a joyful and nurturing weekly gathering that connected us across continents and varying contexts to share what we were going through, to talk about our work, to grapple with arts ideas, to draw collaboratively on the Zoom whiteboard and to share together in art play. We also discussed what we might do seeing the scheduled 9th bi-annual conference would not likely go ahead until at least 2022. Together, we decided to run “something online”; to continue to share our visual arts pedagogical ideas, research and arts practice and to open the dialogue up to anyone able to connect online. Consequently, Margaret Brooks and I, along with the POSSUMS* (the name given to our weekly zoom group) have collaborated to bring together a really exciting program of presenters in the 2021 AIEC online symposium.
ACCESS INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THE SYMPOSIUM WILL RUN HERE
The symposium theme is ‘the elephant in the room.’ This theme offers an opportunity to name and confront some of the big issues and challenges related to early childhood visual arts pedagogy and practice; and to present new ideas, effective theories and inspirations for practice.
There will be six topic focus strands:
- Working with artists and museums,
- Effective Pedagogies,
- Art at the centre of the curriculum,
- Research, Art and Culture
- and several art workshops.
You can access the program and speakers HERE.
For a small fee, you can become part of the exciting international ART IN EARLY CHILDHOOD community.
Ticket prices are listed in Australian dollars
- Individual Tickets – AU$40 per individual
- Student Tickets – AU$5 per individual
- Group Tickets – AU$80 for up to 5 members of an organisation or centre
I would like to thank ‘The Possums’ and particularly Dr. Margaret Brooks and her team of collaborators at UNE (Steve and Lisa) for the opportunity to collaborate together to bring this symposium event ONLINE.
Dr Margaret Brooks (University of New England, Australia)
Dr. Gai Lindsay (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Denise Savins (EC Teacher/Artist, Australia)
With wonderful consultative and practical support from ‘The Possums’:
Dr. Sylvia Chard (Retired, France), Rachel Denee (EC Teacher/Director/PhD Candidate, NZ), Joke den Haese (Erasmus Brussels, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Belgium), Dr. Evelyn Egan (Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland), Catherine Lee (EC Teacher/Director, Australia), Dr. Lisa Terreni, Victoria University, NZ).